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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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Cold City and last look from Ethel’s balcony

The icy blast which struck New York yesterday brought six inches of snow overnight and a freezing wind. Later the sun came out and all the neighborhood kids rushed out to enjoy the white stuff.  Here are some pictures from the vicinity of the Waterford:

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The Waterford garden

The Waterford garden

View from the kitchen

View from the kitchen

 > > across the East River

. . . . .   across the East River

Penthouse balcony across the  streeet

Penthouse balcony across the streeet

Under repair as well!

Under repair as well!

The pedestrian way at 92nd Street

The pedestrian way at 92nd Street

The thrill of the slopes!

The thrill of the slopes!

. . .  that was interesting!

. . . that was interesting!



Mum came along for the ride

Mum came along for the ride


Finally. this is a view from Ethel’s balcony  at 87th Street. Looking north up Second Avenue, it is the last we shall see of it–Ethel will move into her new apartment building when we return from our cruise (See widget).


3 Responses

  1. Congrats on the upcoming trip and move. Very exciting! Love to both of you! Valerie

  2. Beautiful pictures, Ben! Have a wonderful time on your cruise. You two certainly deserve a respite after all the hard work you’ve been doing in preparation for Ethel’s move! Much love to you both. Bonnie

  3. Loved the pictures

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