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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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The “Jewel” in the Caribbean

As we have done many times before (well documented on this blog) we relaxed for a couple of weeks  in very affordable style sailing around the Caribbean. We have taken the NCL ‘Jewel’ several times before and know the ship quite well. Ethel was able to find her way from the Casino to the Main dining room with very little trouble.

The islands have little interest  for us now, we have visited them so many times over the years, but this cruise included a rare stopover in Belize which was an added attraction for me because an old  friend and colleague from the UN lives there. It so happened that he was visiting New York at the time!

The 'Jewel' displaces some 93,000 tons and will be considered one of the smaller ships shortly!

I am always mesmerised by coral seas. I only wish I had been able to learn to dive in my youth-Ah well!

Relaxing on shore

Belizian bar


Coral and construction

Tourist attractions

Only in Belize did we have to tender. Everywhere else there were deepwater ports to accommodate the big ships

"Local" dress

modern facade

Parrot's nest

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Another facade

Ethel wearing hat

Ethel relaxing further

Ship decoration

One of hundreds of chocolate confections displayed on the Chocoholics night. I ate a good deal of this one after photographing it!


2 Responses

  1. Hello Ben,
    My husband Bob and I had dinner with you and Ethel one evening in the dining room on the Jewel. We are the couple from California. I’ve had an email from Ethel inquiring about what play we went to see when we were in New York. We saw “A Little Night Music.” Katherine Zeta-Jones carried the show. I was interested in seeing you pictures of Belize, etc. We found the cruise relaxing but the food was not very good. It was lovely meeting you. Sincerely,Nancy Benich

  2. Nancy. We remember our evening with you and Bob with a great deal of pleasure. I’m afraid I didn’t do justice to Belize. It was very hot and Ethel couldn’t walk too far. In fact she only got as far as the little bridge before giving up and returning to the local bar. We had, of course, expected to meet up with and old friend and colleague of mine who lives there–He would have shown us around the town I used to know. But he was visiting in New York! Keep in touch. Best wishes to you both

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