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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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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 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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