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

  • 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 Interlude – Part 2 – Martinique

We spent a lot of time in Fort-de-France, on Martinique. Something I had never before thought of interest. I was mistaken–the town is vibrant and cultural and it’s heritage is being carefully preserved. In addition, Christine needed to shop for flip-flops! Click on the pictures for detail.

All ashore! 6000 passengers from all around the world walked this way . . . .

All ashore! 6000 passengers from all around the world walked this way . . . .

 

Dock greeting . . .

Dock greeting . . .

 

 . . . no inch of space is wasted in Fort-deFrance .. . .

. . . no inch of land is wasted in Fort-de-France . . .

 

 . . . colours are saturated, not pastel as the custom on some ofthe other Caribbean islands . . .

. . . colours are saturated, not pastel, as the custom on some of the other Caribbean islands . . .

 

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Visitors are greeted by a bevy of beautiful young dancers

 

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Schoelcher Library. A landmark building . . .

Schoelcher Library. A landmark building and institution. . .

 

Modern tourists

Modern tourists

 

Look Dad - there's a pidgeon on my head!

“Look Dad – there’s a pigeon on my head!”  ” I see–if only I had a  left hand, I would brush the insolent creature off!”

 

Exhibition of masks in the Camille Darsieres Cultural Center . . . .

Exhibition of masks in the Camille Darsieres Cultural Center . . . .

 

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The Center's courtyard

The Center’s courtyard

 

Around the town . . . .

Around the town . . . .

 

Christine bought her flip-flops here . . . .

Christine bought her flip-flops here . . . .

 

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Saint-Louis Cathedral. . . .

 

Curb art . . . .

Curb art . . . .

 

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Farewell Martinique . . . .

Farewell Martinique . . . .

 

 . . . and so back to snowy New York-- Christine sqeezing out the last of the deteriorating temperature from the balcony.

. . . and so, back to snowy New York– Christine squeezing out the last of the deteriorating temperature from the balcony.

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