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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Caribbean on the “Gem”

By a stroke of luck, our cruise booking coincided with the worst snow storm ever recorded in NYC! While the brave New Yorkers were battling with 30 inches of gust-driven snow and screaming blue murder in the empty airports, we were steaming towards the sunny sub-tropics. We did, of course, empathize with them as we sipped our wine in the  Spinnaker Lounge.

As a matter of fact, we did not escape entirely; the ocean was so rough that the Captain decided to hug the coast for a day or more before turning towards Puerto Rico and this maneuver shortened our stay in the sun a little. In San Juan we suffered a big disappointment though; Harbor Brewery, provider of wonderful old-fashioned beers, had succumbed to the declining economy and had closed its doors some three months earlier! We trudged around the Old Town trying to find a substitute and  did, in fact, discover a pub which sounded promising since it was reported to have 59 different beers on tap. But, having spent two weary hours locating it, we found it didn’t open till 3.30 and the ship, as a result of the coast-hugging, was leaving at 5.00!

Click on the pictures for detail:

Running out of New York before the storm

Running out of New York before the storm

 

Chocolate-covered strawberries to go with the champagne in our cabin

Chocolate-covered strawberries to go with the champagne in our cabin

 

Seriously Formal

Seriously Formal with moules!

 

Happily informal

Happily informal

 

Cruiser with style

Cruiser with style

 

San Juan harbor

San Juan harbor

 

First taste of the sun

First taste of the sun

 

Coast Guard escort

Coast Guard escort

 

San Juan airstrip

San Juan airstrip

 

Away to St. Thomas . . . .

Away to St. Thomas . . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

 . . . . Old Fort . . .

. . . . Old Fort . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

Christine ahoy!

Christine ahoy!

 

Meagan's Beach, St. Thomas

Meagan’s Beach, St. Thomas

 

. . . . some of the other bathers

. . . . some of the other bathers

 

Tw of the six ships docked at St. Maarten

Two of the six ships docked at St. Maarten

 

. . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

Restaurant view . .

Restaurant view . .

 

Waitress's view . . . .

Waitress’s view . . . .

 

Homeward bound . . .

Homeward bound . . .

 

Christine's Caribbean look

Christine’s Caribbean look!

 

THE END

 

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