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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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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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