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    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.


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Bermudan Interlude

I took the Bermuda cruise largely as a recuperative change of pace following my scraping procedure, which, incidentally, was much less  intense than  previous ones–I was back to normal in less than two weeks! I took my painting gear with me but didn’t get around to opening it and, I hardly took the camera out of it’s bag!  I did take a couple of ‘whodunits’ with me, however, and lounged in one of the out-size armchairs on the open deck much of the time.

Bermuda was ablaze with blossom–Royal poinciana, hibiscus, bougainvillea and oleander were putting on their  peak performances and were quite awe-inspiring. In St. George and Hamilton, which we visited by ferryboat, we confined ourselves to the shade of the trees in the parks–it was far too hot to be walking around and far too nice to be indoors.

The NCL “Breakaway” did not seem so confining as it did on our winter cruise. The warm temperatures caused the outer decks to be crowded rather the inside ones as they were in the winter.   We set off from New York in our shorts and never looked back.

A new  experience for us was that the massive 140,000 ton ship was escorted to the Verrazano bridge by a tiny FDNY fire float and  a Coast Guard launch with a machine gun mounted on the front manned by a Coast Guard gunner!

We encountered a hazard at sea that you would never guess–a lady quietly reading her book on the eighth deck was struck just above her eye by a flying golf ball! I suspect the culprit was one of the unsupervised teenagers who were using the putters as drivers on the mini-golf course 8 decks above. Adults could hardly use the course because there were no balls to be had. The crew-member charged with the job of maintaining the course, complained that he had replenished the box with 15 balls only ten minutes earlier and they had already disappeared!

Click on the pictures for detail:

FDNY sendoff . . . .

FDNY send off . . . .


Coast Guard escort.

Coast Guard escort.


Magnificent Royal Poinciana

Magnificent Royal Poinciana


Christine checks out the beaches . . .

Christine checks out the beaches . . .


 . . . and enjoys the shade

. . . and enjoys the shade


Exuberant sculpture

Exuberant sculpture


The Celebrity "Summit" parked just behind us at the Naval Dockyard (A World Heritage site in its own  right

The Celebrity “Summit” parked just behind us at the Naval Dockyard (A World Heritage site in its own right)


Kiddies pool

Kiddies’ pool


Grown-up's pool

Grown-up’s pool


Pink Beach

Pink Beach


Paradise Found

Paradise Found




Finally, another luxurious Bermudan bloom.

Finally, another luxurious Bermudan bloom.





2 Responses

  1. Glad to hear that you are recuperating nicely. We are at Michael’s house in N.J. Celebrating Larry’s birthday. The celebration took place at a wonderful restaurant in Basking Ridge.


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    • Lenore and Larry. Many thanks for your good wishes. By coincidence, exit 36 on route 78, Basking Ridge is where I fill up on my way to York, PA. Many happy returns, Larry! Ben

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