The border between the Czech Republic and Austria offered a sharp contrast. The highway and the surroundings changed instantly on crossing, reflecting the relative wealth of Austria, and the long economic doldrums suffered by the Czechs under Soviet domination. Once on the Austrian side, we noticed even country houses were in excellent repair, often… Continue reading Salzburg


Paris 2004

The bus ride from Rouen did not take long. We drove through La Défense to the Porte de Clichy where our hotel was located. In the evening, after dinner at the hotel, most of us took the subway to look around the Champs Elysses. At the Porte de Clichy metro station I was attacked by two pickpockets as I… Continue reading Paris 2004


The next concert was to take place in the afternoon at the Cathedral in Rouen, painted so many times by Monet. We had arranged to meet our friends from Louviers in front of the cathedral. There we met their charming new baby girl in her pousette. We went to the Place du Vieux Marché, where the modern church of St Joan of Arc… Continue reading Rouen

The American Military Cemetery at Colleville

The year 2004 was the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy by the Allies during World War II. This did not, for some reason, penetrate into the planning for our trip. We had a long bus ride, caused by the heavy traffic associated with the D-Day celebrations, and the narrow country roads. We arrived too… Continue reading The American Military Cemetery at Colleville

Chenonceau, Tours, Angers

In June of 2004 we went on a singing tour to France. Concerts were to take place in Tours, Mont St Michel, The American Military Cemetery at Colleville, Rouen, and Paris. Along the way we stopped in Chenonceau, Angers, St Malo, Dinan, and Caen. Our tour guide picked us up at Charles De Gaulle airport and we left… Continue reading Chenonceau, Tours, Angers

Viet Nam Remembered

We have been watching Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary on the Viet Nam war. It is painful to revisit this horrible story. However, the very first installment taught us a lot about the long history behind western involvement in that country. Fear of communism contaminated the viewpoint of the USA and caused our government to support the French, and… Continue reading Viet Nam Remembered