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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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Balcony Scenes

The  weather was so kind this past summer that we were able to sit and eat outside most days while not leaving the apartment! Here are a few pictures. Click on them for detail:

Breakfast al fresco . . .

Breakfast al fresco . . . Gillian and Christine


. . . . lunch is ready!

. . . . lunch is ready!


Gillian anitipates dinner?

Gillian anticipates dinner?


This balcony, however, was on the NCL ship "Breakaway" which allowed me to sketch without leaving the stateroom.

This balcony, however, was on the NCL ship “Breakaway” which allowed me to sketch without leaving the stateroom.




2 Responses

  1. Glad to see you’re still a gentleman living the good life with Tates for dessert.

    • Amy. I had no idea what “Tates” were–I assumed the package was contributed by one of the ladies—Christine probably since it was her camera which recorded the view.

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