Sunday, July 10, 2016

On tour in Europe with the Colorado Symphony Chorus

Ah.....Paris.  The starting point of our tour.  We arrived in our hotel and our room wasn't ready, so we went up to the top floor lounge for a glass of wine.  My cousin Eric recommended Côtes de Provence Rosé, so we did.  The perfect choice. I couldn't believe the view from here.  J'adore Paris!

Being on an organized tour is not something Mike and I do often.  The next day we had a bus tour of Paris.  Here are some of the highlights:

Fountain by the Tuileries garden and the Arc de Triumph

The Army Museum with the tomb of Napoleon

Our tour poster
Opera House

There weren't a lot of good photos because we were on a bus.

We had some free time, so Mike and I took our bikes out for a spin.  Here are some of the highlights:


We sang our first concert at La Madeleine in Paris.  It was a beautiful concert and I was thrilled that it was PACKED with Parisians who wanted to hear us.

My best friend from college Jerelyn and her son Jack were going to be in Europe during our tour, so they arranged to meet us and hang out together in Paris.  It was so much fun!

Mike and Kate
Jerelyn and Kate

Monet Waterlines

Jack and Jerelyn

From Paris we were bussed to Strasbourg where we settled into our hotel and then returned for rehearsal and a concert that evening.  Here are a few of us eating dinner before the concert.

Judy, Gretchen, Nicole, Claudia and me

Carmelites or singers being silly?

Dan, getting his groove on

Gorgeous Strasbourg

Strasbourg Cathedral, our 2nd concert venue

Orchestra Setup 
One of 5 pipe organs in the cathedral

Beautiful flowers and bridges

Mike got the Norovirus when we arrived in Strasbourg, so he was sequestered to our hotel room for 48 hours.  Because we didn't want to risk infecting the bus of choir members, we opted to take a high speed train to Munich.  That was fun!

A hillside of grapevines on the way to Munich

We took the train downtown for a yummy dinner and a walk about town.  We went into the famous Hofbrau Haus for a quick look as they were just closing.

The next day we were bussed to the Cistercian monastery (Fürstenfeld Abbey), founded in 1266 by Louis II, Duke of Bavaria and closed in 1803. It was one of the favourite monasteries of the Wittelsbach family. This was our last concert venue.

Colorado Children's Chorale
Dwain Wolfe, our conductor

ornate cathedral/monestary

Roberta being angelic
Photo bomb-Jamie got me and Judy (and Emily and Mike)
Outside of the monastery
Yummy pretzels

We had another amazing concert.  It's hard to believe this tour is almost over!  Tomorrow we head to Neuschwanstein Castle, a "fairy tale" castle that was the model for the Walt Disney Kingdom.

Bikers in their Lederhosen
Gorgeous Bavaria

A rare selfie outside the castle

Neuschwanstein Castle      
View from the castle window

Swan a swimming
Gorgeous mountain lake

We had a beautiful trip with the CSO chorus.  An amazing experience with a lot of beautiful music making and memories.

Next stop....biking to Venice, Italy!

First Mate Kate

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