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    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

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    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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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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