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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: October 5, 2012

Vacation 2012

Lorraine and I are planning to go on a 17-day cruise to Europe. All you geography fans can trace our ship entering and leaving the various ports. Our stay at these ports is not very long; we usually arrive early in the morning and leave in the late afternoon or early evening.

We meet the ship in Southampton, England and we are off. Two days later, we arrive in Seville (Cadiz) Spain. Seville is the home of Flamenco dancing, which Lorraine and I both love.

After departure from Seville, two days later we arrive at Valletta, Malta. Malta was bombed heavily by the Luftwaffe during World War II. It was not invaded by the Nazis, but took a lot of punishment.

After a day at sea, the ship will arrive in Venice, Italy on the Adriatic Sea. St. Mark’s Square and Lido are two sights we are anxious to see. Venice was the home of Marco Polo, the great explorer who went to China and brought back spaghetti, gunpowder, and many riches to Venice.

Next we arrive at Split, Croatia. This city was once a part of Yugoslavia, but now Yugoslavia has been broken up into many different areas. Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia are some of the countries formed from the former Yugoslavia. Joseph Broz (Tito) ruled over a disparate conglomeration of religions and people.

Dubrovnik, Croatia is the next port on our journey. I have heard many stories of the beauty of Dubrovnik. Corfu, Greece is an island in the Adriatic Sea. Most Greek islands have an undeniable charm and some characteristic that places them in a solitary and memorable position.

Gibraltar, Great Britain will be our last stop on this cruise. I have always longed to see the Gibraltar Apes. This is a British colony on the European mainland. Then it’s back to Southampton, and finally Jericho.

I am writing this log before we leave but on our return, I will put down on paper some of our findings and experiences. This column is a coming attraction: the next one will be the feature presentation.

News

It’s hard to imagine that it’s Thanksgiving already. Is it me, or did we just celebrate? Halloween wasn’t even upon us and the stores were stocked with Thanksgiving and Christmas items. We say to ourselves, “each year, it comes earlier and earlier.” While some prepare to cook and figure out where to seat relatives to avoid arguments, others plan to dine out. To many of us, Thanksgiving means shopping on Black Friday. But for the few and far between who look forward to catching the latest film from the array released exclusively for the holiday weekend, the time has come to relish relaxation. Sit back and enjoy the weekend at the movies, while the deliciousness of turkey and stuffing is probably still digesting in your tummy.

The following movies opened on Nov. 26:

The Penguins of Madagascar (PG–92 mins)

The Penguins of Madagascar finally have their own movie. If you’re familiar with the previous Madagascar films, featuring the zoo animals and their adventures, then you already know the funny and lovable spy penguins. Packed with animated fun for the whole family, Skipper, Kowalksi, Rico and Private begin a journey as undercover agents to help stop the notorious villain, Dr. Octavious. New and returning voices include Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Christopher Knight, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and many more.

If you have a sweet tooth and want a taste of confectionary perfection, take a drive down Manetto Hill Road. Set far back in a shopping center you will find Sweet Karma Bakery. No matter where you park in the lot, your nose will be greeted by the scent of freshly baked cakes and cookies.

Owner and pastry chef Brian Fishman graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 1991. He was a savory chef for eight years before he chose pastries over pâtés.


Calendar

Owl Prowl

Saturday, Nov. 29

Holiday Tea

Monday, Dec. 1

Art in the Afternoon

Wednesday, Dec. 3



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