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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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Sunday Afternoon with Julia and Roger at the Rockefeller Preserve.

Having read of our adventures in the Westchester parks, Julia and Roger, who love to hike in the woods themselves, suggested that we visit their house in Pleasantville, and, from there, they would take us for a ramble on the easier paths of the Rockefeller State Preserve. We, of course, jumped at the chance to spend  a sunny afternoon in their company. We took a Third Avenue bus to the garage where Christine keeps her car and drove for less than an hour to the Crawford’s landmark house which was built in the 1700’s and, of which, they are justifiably proud. Here are some pictures contributed by our various cameras. Enlarge them for detail: 

The Two Ben’s – my namesake, Roger and Julia’s son – now towers head and shoulders above me!


Relaxing with Roger in his backyard . . .


Julia, lovely as ever . . .


. . . into the woods . . .


Tranquil afternoon at the beach


Not lost . . . .


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Julia and Christine planning the next trip . . . .


Time to rest up and contemplate . . .




3 Responses

  1. Thank goodness you had supervision this time! Looks like a lovely hike

  2. So much more civilized than your last adventure!

  3. Looks like a hike I wouldn’t mind going to. Glad you are not lost because you would have not been able to enter into the blog. Ha, Ha, Ha! Just kidding. Glad to see you again. Nereida

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