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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!

     

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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

 

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. . . . . .

 

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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