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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!

     

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Finger lakes and Watkins Glen

The weather was promising for the weekend so we decided to motor away from the City for a change of scenery. After a great deal of agonizing over driving distance, cost of accommodation in this high-price season and what to see, we settled on the Finger Lake area. And what better destination than that jewel of nature–Watkins Glen? Christine had never seen it before and that gave it an added attraction for me since I enjoy seeing her pleasure in new discoveries. We shared the driving.

The price of motel rooms shocked us. I called a very modest motel in Horseheads which I had used  previously only to find that the rates were twice what they would be in the off-season! Christine went in person to the AAA office at Lincoln Centre and booked a two-star establishment in Painted Post, a town only 20 miles from Watkins Glen. The two-star rating did not do the motel justice: it offered all the amenities anyone could wish and the so-called continental breakfast included bacon, eggs a and freshly cooked waffles! It was, however, unfortunately situated. It seemed to have been trapped in a spider-web of  cross-road construction. After dark, it was impossible to find and during the day the Walmart parking lot gave the best access!

As a concession to my years, we took the shuttle bus to the top of the trail and walked down (1,000 feet over two miles) rather than walking up and directly into the Emergency Room. Every aspect of the Glen is fascinating and visitors happily click away at every turn, myself included. Here is a selection from the many near-duplicates I took. Double-click on them for detail ;

The harbor at Watkins Glen

The harbor at Watkins Glen where we had our picnic brunch

 

Seeking information at the top of the trail

Seeking information at the top of the trail

 

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At this stage, it's quite a relief to have the end of the trail in sight!

At this stage, it’s quite a relief to have the end of the trail in sight!

 

 

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