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    October 14 to 21 Cruise - Bermuda
  • theatre and Concerrts

    June 13 Picnicked on The Great lawn in central Park to the music of The New York Philharmonic led by James Gaffigan. Great program with spectacular fireworks after the concert. The concert included two pieces composed by students from its education program — remarkable works (Bernstein style) from composers  11 and 12 years old respectively! They took their bows from the stage!

    June 20 The forecast rain didn’t happen so, having lined up for senior tickets in the morning, we were able to see an uninterrupted ‘Othello” in Central Park last night. The set and costumes were magnificent and the actors did their best but the direction gave  a somewhat bland production. I personally thought that some players were miscast and this distracted from the illusion.

     

     

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New York Day

It promised to be a lovely day on Saturday so we decided to drive up to Bear Mountain via the Palisades Parkway and back across the Bear Mountain Bridge. As it turned out the sky was overcast for much of the time and the light was not so good for scenic  photography. Never-the-less, the drive, as always was spectacular–The Hudson valley never loses its artists’ delight.

           The car-park at Bear Mountain was full and the picknicing grounds were packed! We changed our plans and went on to West Point and had lunch in the Thayers Hotel in the Academy. Since 9/11, security arrangements restrict movement in the Grounds and the hotel is now privately run (Taxes are now added to the bill), but the ambience is just as wonderful–we had a table by the river.

Looking north towards Cold Spring.

Hotel garden from our table

Thayers' lobby

The same evening, there was a wonderful sunset and this is a shot of the sun striking a building in the middle distance, taken from my balcony

Sunset on the lower Hudson

While visiting Ethel’s nephew, Jonathan,  on the West Side (to see Emily and little Owen), I took  this picture of the Naval Memorial from his apartment window:

West Side Memorial

Patriotic symbol for Memorial Day

Motorcycle rally down battered Second Avenue

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