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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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Not-so-White Cliffs of Dover and Ramsgate

While Christine was chatting with Tony at the birthday lunch, she mentioned that she had never seen the White Cliffs of Dover, or, Canterbury cathedral. Tony told her “I live there! Why don’t you come and visit us?”. We, of course, jumped at his kind offer and took a train out of St. Pancras Station to West Folkston on the south coast where Tony picked us up and drove us to his state -of-the-art home in Hythe. Tony is my cousin and his father, my uncle, was famous among we kids for his imitations of Charlie Chaplin at the family parties–he narrowly survived WWII.

Hosts, Tony and Jo were generous to the nth degree–They gave us a tour of southern Kent which included a visit to Ramsgate, a seaside town, nostalgic to me, as I mentioned in the prior post, because that was where I spent many happy holidays with my parents and, sometimes, cousins.

Christine gets her wish . . .


The Cliffs are best seen from the sea, of course. The headland corner seen here look a bit grubby . . . Interestingly, from this point, both Tony’s and my cell-phones began to act up. Only 21 miles away, the French telecoms emissions began to interfere–we both got messages which said: “Welcome to France”!


Tony, Jo and Christine toiled down one of the paths to get a closer look . . .


Memorials to the adventurous ones who got too near the edge . . .


toiling back up


Resting after the climb . . .


Jo sat nearby . . .

RAMSGATE- Memories of my childhood:  

Ramsgate beach–that paradise of sand-castles and little crabs skittering under the seaweed at low tide!


The old pier from which one could take 10 shilling day trips to France has gone–burnt down many years ago, I believe. And, with it, went the coconut shies , the pin-ball machines, the goldfish in bowls and everything that excited a little boy’s imagination! But, the Bed and breakfast places on the hill, where we stayed a lifetime ago, are still there, overlooking the harbour which used to be home to shoals of mullet which defied all attempts catch them . . .


. . . but, the High Street is much the same . . .


. . . . .


. . . and, thank heaven, so is the cockles and jellied-eels emporium!


End of this post – Canterbury cathedral visit will be the subject of the next post.









3 Responses

  1. I always feel as if I’ve been on vacation after viewing your pictures!
    Glad you had a successful holiday.

  2. Thanks for sharing… lucky Christine…happy for you both.

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