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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.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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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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