• Upcoming trips

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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Bermuda, 2012

Bermuda is, by far, the best of the Island destinations to cruise to out of New York. Although tourism is  a very important part of the economy, tourists don’t feel hunted. The islanders are independent and  have their own thing to do. They have as, as a result, an excellent public transport system and visitors are welcome to use it. Fast and efficient ferries run to Hamilton and the old town of St. George and buses criss-cross the island taking in beaches and attractions en route. A 2-day pass costs $20 and allows unlimited travel, system wide–the best bargain a tourist could ever wish for! The ferry rides are great outings in themselves. Today’s cruise ships are too large to anchor close up to Hamilton as the smaller ones used to, instead, new deepwater docks have been built next to the old naval dockyards. These dockyards are a fairly well preserved bit of old naval history and deserve a UNESCO rating, I think. But, they are situated far from the main towns, and this is where the public transport system scores. Click on the pictures to see more detail.

Bermudan Headache?

Part of the old naval dockyards seen from the docked ship

Snow white roofs of Bermuda. 40 years ago, all the roofs were flat with container walls around their perimeters since the only source of water then was the rainfall!

Waiting for the next bus

Welcoming breezes fanned the island from time to time

Heroic statue (Russian-like?)

Marine detritus by the old fort wall

Self-taking a pose under the wishing arch at the dockside

View from the St. George’s ferry boat


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