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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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Allegro on the River Elbe – 3. ‘All aboard’ and Tangermunde

We ate a typical GDR lunch in Potsdam; Dumpling, boiled pork and sauerkraut washed down with the local beer. The dumpling, I remembered better, as suet pudding. My mother used to boil it in a cloth, either plain, in which case, we ate it (the pudding-not the cloth) with treacle poured over it or, she added copious amounts of raisins to the basic mixture, which resulted in, what we  used to call, “Spotted Dick”!

After lunch, we mounted the coaches  (strictly segregated into blue and red groups) and drove to Tangermunde where the good ship “River Allegro” was a-waiting. The captain and his officers were assembled on the gangplank to greet us and welcome us aboard! And a welcoming sight, it was! (Regretfully, I didn’t have my camera ready at that moment).

We passengers  were only 97 strong so it didn’t take us long to get settled into our cabins. In the early evening, we gathered for the Captain’s welcome Drink, at which, the captain introduced his entire crew. Following the introduction, the Captain’s Welcome Dinner was served. Kim and I and a few other selectees, were detained for an individual chat with the Captain followed by dinner at his table.

The next morning we all trooped ashore for a walking tour of Tangermunde, a thoroughly charming 1,000-year old town which, fortunately, escaped the ravages of war entirely.  With its streets of half-timbered buildings and statuary, it reminded me of the few remaining Tudor villages of Britain.

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MS River Allegro looking isolated on the narrow waters of the Elbe

MS River Allegro looking isolated on the narrow waters of the Elbe

The Captain and his senior officers

The Captain and his senior officers

Cabin steward's greeting

Cabin steward’s greeting

Pre-dinner drinks

Pre-dinner drinks

Hotel Manager, Alex,  entertaining ladies at his end of the Captain's table

Hotel Manager, Alex, entertaining ladies at his end of the Captain’s table

Martina, leader of the Red  Group at diner

Martina, leader of the Red Group, at dinner

Suited up the walking tour of Tangermunde

Suited up for the walking tour of Tangermunde

Guardian statue on the dock

Guardian statue on the dock

The following pictures show, mostly, the charm of a bye gone age in building style

The following pictures show, mostly, the charm of a bye gone age in building style  . . . .

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A martyr commemorated

A martyr commemorated

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Head shop!

Head shop!

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Middle-age spread

Notice the stork's nest on the right-hand tower. (one of dozens)

Notice the stork’s nest on the right-hand tower. (one of dozens)

This is a relic of the GDR--the peoples car (Made of paper, we were told)

This is a relic of the GDR–the “Peoples” car (Made of paper, we were told)

Olde-world post box

Olde-world post box

Peter guiding his Blue flock

Peter guiding his Blue flock.

This old lady needs a little work!

This old lady needs a little work!

Slipping away to Wittenberg

Slipping away to Wittenberg

To be continued

 

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3 Responses

  1. Ben…how wonderful to see the photos of our trip! Your writing and photos are spectacular. Hugs to you my friend. I am now a follower.

    • Candy. Thank you. I’m so glad you think my efforts worthwhile. I have a couple more installments to post on the subject of our trip and the last will be devoted to our time aboard the “Allegro” . Best wishes, Ben and Kim.

  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. Brought back a lot of memories. You and Kim were a joy to be around. So glad Candy and I were part of your group. Hope all is well with you. Enjoy your travels.

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