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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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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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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