• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.


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The Gem in Nassau

Our week’s R & R was well spent on the NCL “Gem”, round-trip to Nassau from New York. We have taken this trip many times but this time was the first that I did not spend much time in the sea at Stirrup island–It was too cold! And, sadly, the island is being turned into a resort. There are now three developed beaches and most of the island is fenced off for building construction. However, relaxing with a book or two from the “Gem’s” excellent library (open 24 Hours) was all that I needed. Ethel was glued to the Blackjack tables and met many good buddies.

City lights as the "Gem" slowly made its way down the river

West side highway

The ship's pool lights wave to the passing city

The painted Lady

Ship abandoned!

Anchored at Stirrup Island

Ethel testing the waters

Sea nymph

Dragon's head


Spikey tail

Nassau pastels

"Gem's" sister ship "Sky" under heavy clouds

Bluetooth Tug

Hotel 'Atlantis' in the distance


4 Responses

  1. Loved the New York pictues. Hope Ethel paid for the trip at the Blackjack table. She must know how to count cards.
    John and Ann

    • John and Ann. Ethel did, in fact, come away slightly on the up side. She was not very specific, but she was smiling a lot. Ben and Ethel

  2. Beautiful photos. Especially like the Sea Nymph!

    • Valerie. She just shot up out of the water to surprise us all! Most sea nymphs have flowing blonde hair but this one doesn’t even get hers wet!

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