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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking


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Burmuda interlude

Together with our travel companions, John and Ann Pirtle, we took  taxis to the NCL “Star” and enjoyed an excellent lunch on deck 12, overlooking the Hudson river while the ship was preparing to transport us to leasurely climes–no more for us, the hastle of long flights with a choice of peanuts or pretzles!

From the dock at the old Naval Dockyard (now a museum) we travelled by ferryboats to St George and Hamilton but otherwise just relaxed and thought about work. John did hire a bicycle and cycled an ambitious 12 miles on a rough track, but he was entirely alone for this activity.

John and Anne are ‘Trivia” buffs. They played each day and won the trophy for the highest score at the end of the week. It came with two tee-shirts, a mug and a shopping bag!

A view from the ferrybooat. The tail-end of the “Star” is on the left

Cock among the pigeons!

Mary Anne and Jeff. Delightful new friends we met at one of the ship’s parties

Naval Dockyard fortress

Ann resting up in the park in Hamilton. The exuberant sculpture in front of her seems to suspended in space?

Exotic bird. What sort is it, Kathy?

View from the deck chair

St. George. Waiting for the return ferry.

Mary Anne and Ethel team up

Spot of rust?

Flamboyant bronzes for auction on the ship

Ann, John and Ethel at our dinner table in the ‘Versailles’ restaurant

Seadays are for quiet relaxing before retiring . . . . . . .

. . . . . . the steward adds atmosphere to the welcoming bed! Good night all!


12 Responses

  1. Beautiful pictures, Ben. I love the exuberant sculpture! The cruise must certainly have been a wonderfully relaxing follow-up to your cross country adventure! Love to you and Ethel. Bonnie

    • Bonnie. Thank you. The Seattle/Portland visit to you and Nancy and Valerie and Steve would be a hard act for anyone to follow! We needed to slow back down for a bit. The “Star’ cruise filled the bill. Love, Ethel and Ben

  2. Ben & Ethel,
    Glad you had a wonderful cruise. Lovely photos!

  3. Enjoyed seeing your pictures, especially the two of my daughter Mary Anne. Looks like it was a wonererful cruise.

    • Peggy. Making the acquaintance of your beautiful and charming daughter, Mary Anne, and her equally charming (but not quite so photogenic) husband, Jeff, was a great bonus for us.

  4. Looks wonderful – excellent photos, Ben. Ann resting in a park in Hamilton looks like a painitng.

  5. Claire and I have just returned from a 3 week cruise in the Med and then to the Canary islands. Had a good trip on the dutch ship Rhydam. Good sight see ing and very good weather. We finally also got to see Gibralter and travel all ar oung it on tour. Even saw the F a mous apes. Surprising ly tame. But dom’t touch.

    • John. Nice to hear from you –sounds like a wonderful cruise! I don’t think we would have the stamina. What line owns the “Rhydam”? Best wishes to you and Claire.

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