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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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Seattle and Portland – part three

After our lunch at the Chihuly “Collections” cafe, Bonnie and Kirstyn took us on the monorail to the fish markets in downtown Seattle. We hoped to get pictures of the fish-throwing activities there (After a customer selects a fish, the fishmonger throws it Quarterback style to the fillet people at the back). There was not enough light, though, to catch the action.

Finally, Nancy invited me to visit the Printing Office where she works. I had a wonderfully nostalgic time among familiar machines of my youth and, also, was amazed at the light-years of progress made in some of the operations I remembered.

On the last morning, Bonnie drove us to the Tacoma Amtrak station and saw us off to Portland!














Many of the collected pieces were shown under the glass of the tables where we ate


Part of the toy collection





On the Monorail





To be continued








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