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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.
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    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.

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Farewell Prague

This is the last of eight posts covering the River Elbe trip I made with Kim last November. The host of noteworthy experiences and the number of friends we made on the trip made this posting session such a long drawn-out one.  I hope it hasn’t been too boring.

This post is, largely, about the farewell dinner we enjoyed with our fellow travelers at one of Prague’s many great restaurants and the entertainment put on by the restaurant staff. Kim and I found it a fitting end to a thoroughly interesting trip; satisfying in all aspects. Grand Circle with Peter and Marina did us proud!

Click on the pictures for detail

Prague's crowded sights

Prague’s crowded sights

Me and Peter on Charles Bridge

Me and Peter on Charles Bridge

Crowded sights

More crowded sights

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The view most photographed!

Ladies of Prague!

Ladies of Prague!

Ornate architecture

Ornate architecture

Hot wine goes down well . . .

Hot wine goes down well . . .

. . . . . also goes well with a nice slice of roast pork!

. . . . . also goes well with a nice slice of roast pork!

Peter and Martina have a serious 'Port  Talk'

Peter and Martina have a serious ‘Port Talk’

Fellow travelers . . . .

Fellow travelers . . . .

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Farewell dinner . . .

Farewell dinner . . .

Beware! The waiter is pouring the wine . . . .

Beware! The waiter is pouring the wine . . . .

Masque. Which one is the real dancer?

Masque. Which one is the real dancer?

Chanteuse . . .

Chanteuse . . .

Exuberant couple . . .

Exuberant couple . . .

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Strange instrument!

Strange instrument!

 . . . even stranger . .

. . . even stranger . .

Old lady of Prague  . . . .

Old lady of Prague . . . .

 . . . . .  bids us all a toothy farewell!

. . . . . bids us all a toothy farewell!

THE END

Note. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that, in drawing out these posts over such a long time, my ageing memory has caused me to confuse faces and names of some of the many friends we met and whose company we enjoyed so much. Rather than embarrass myself further, I have left captions blank and hope that Kim and younger memories will come to my rescue. Ben

 

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2 Responses

  1. Enjoyable to me…I don’t know them so I don’t need their names, Just Yours, Ben! Nereida

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