Shakespeare At Sea IV

From Thanksgiving to Christmas we visited England and went on a cruise to the Canary Islands. The cruise was sponsored by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, so many of our friends were with us.

 

How did the druids stay warm?

On our way down to the docks at Southampton we stopped off at Stonehenge. How did the druids stay warm?

 

On the island of Madeira, in the city of Funchal, they have a unique way of getting down the big hill. They toboggan! Here’s a shot of us and our hardworking toboggan-iers, and also one of our friends James & Alison, because we wanted to embaress them! As you can see from our picture, Michael used his phone to record the trip. We won’t subject you to the full 7 minute ride but a sample is also posted below.

Madeira                               20151207_111439

 

After all that activity we celebrated with glasses of Madeira at a loge in Funchal.

Wassail!

Wassail!

On Gran Canaria we hung out on the beach.

Gran Canaria beach

On the island of Lanzarotte we visited a natural cavern under the volcano. There 4 members of the acting company (Rex Young, Miriam Laube, and pictured below Ted Deasy & Gina Daniels) performed an adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ for us.

Happy Hosts Lanzarotte grotto

In Lisbon we had a “minicab” tour of the city, had a local lunch and listened to some Fado music.

Lisbon tour

Local dining at Pastel del Fado, Lisbon

Local dining at Pastel del Fado, Lisbon

 

 

Fado at Pastel del Fado, Lisbon

Fado at Pastel del Fado, Lisbon

 

Our ship was the Queen Mary 2. There were several formal nights, including a masquerade night. As thespians, we all joined in enthusiastically.

Pat & Michael - Britannia  Formal dining Formal Dining - Britannia

Pat & Michael - Masquerade

 

OSF'ers on Masquerade Night aboard the QM2

After the cruise we stayed in England for a few days and visited Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon

Oxford University

Pat at Oxford University.

Tea and scones on the Avon before seeing 'Queen Anne' at RSC, Stratford

Tea and scones on the Avon before seeing ‘Queen Anne’ at RSC, Stratford

Pat & our tour guide at the RSC, Stratford

Pat & our tour guide at the RSC, Stratford