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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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Contemporary Prague

At the end of our trip[ on the River Elbe, we were all driven to Prague for a two-night stay before setting off to the airport and thence, home. I had visited Prague several times before. I photographed Dorothy standing next to the medieval Astronomical Clock about forty years ago and  Ethel, standing in approximately the same place, some sixteen years ago!  This trip, I kept up the tradition by getting Kim to have her picture taken where her mother had posed all those years ago!

I didn’t notice that the architecture had altered much; the incredible craftsmanship of the ancient buildings, statuary and the Charles bridge was still a source of wonderment and there were no skyscrapers in sight! But. I did see that the modern sculpture was brutally abstract and completely at odds with the heroic religious figures of medieval times. This, I imagine, is a reflection of the young internet generation and its world-wide integration–as can be confirmed by the surprising Prague graffiti.

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On the hour, ladies and gentlemen dance and skeletons prance

Prague Guard

Prague Guard

old style . . .

old style . . .

. . . . with Chagall-like window

. . . . with Chagall-like window

Ancient and Modern?

Ancient and Modern?

 . .   detail of the old part

. . detail of the old part

Old-style heroic statuary

Old-style heroic statuary with modern protesters

Long view of Charles Bridge

Long view of Charles Bridge

Protest graffiti . . . .

Protest graffiti . . . .

Prague's babies . . . .

Prague’s babies . . . .

 . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .

Locks and Keys

Locks and Keys art

Precarious situation!

Precarious situation!

Universally recognized  - Graffiti . . . .

Universally recognized – Prague Graffiti . . . .

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. . . . . .

Guess who!

Guess who!

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

He even has his own Prague Pub!

He even has his own Prague Pub

To be continued.         Click on the pictures for more dramatic effect

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