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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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Bahamas on the “Jewel”

We needed a break from the trauma of Ethel leaving her apartment after more than thirty years! The memories of her  married life there and of all the many friends who had come and gone, took their toll. A week’s cruise on  the NCL “Jewel” to the Bahamas just fit the bill. We returned thoroughly recovered and ready to face the closing. Our  close travel friend, Sandy, joined us at the last moment and her companionship completed the  enjoyment.

Champagne Bar decor

Champagne Bar decor

Happy server

Happy server

Romantic dinner in the "Bistro"

Romantic dinner in the “Bistro”

Dinner for three--Sandy is on the right

Dinner for three–Sandy is on the right

Champagne Bar

Champagne Bar

Deck decoration

Deck decoration

Colourful theatre

Colourful theatre

Grackles making use of the pool decorations

Grackles making use of the pool decorations

Tandem parasailers

Tandem parasailers

Sandy adjusts her camera

Sandy adjusts her camera

Wall to wall bodies on Great Stirrup Quay

Wall to wall bodies on Great Stirrup Quay

The less-crowded part of the island

The less-crowded part of the island

SONY DSCSONY DSC

Relaxing

Relaxing

Wild coral domesticated

Wild coral domesticated

The "Jewel" from the tender

The “Jewel” from the tender

More deck decoration

More deck decoration

The competition

The competition

Odd tree in Nassau

Odd tree in Nassau

Curtain

Curtain

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One Response

  1. Looks like another wonderful cruise!
    Thank you so much for helping Ethel get a new home! Can’t wait to hear about her new place! Love, Valerie

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