Salzburg

    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

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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

A Short Stay in Aix

From Moustiers we drove to the famous city of Aix, and stayed at a 3 star hotel, Le Manoir, a long-established  place, now closed, in the old city. We parked in the courtyard and moved in. Our room was well furnished in an old-fashioned style. We walked along the famous Cours Mirabeau, full of shops, boutiques,… Continue reading A Short Stay in Aix

Moustiers Ste Marie

After emerging from the Gorge de Verdon we arrived in the afternoon of May 30, 2007 at this mountainside town with a history dating from before the fifth century. There is a legend that a crusading knight named Bozon de Blacas, captured by Saracens, vowed that he would place a chain at the feet of… Continue reading Moustiers Ste Marie

Singing in Spain

This post is the first of several about a vacation we took ten years ago. The Chamber Singers of the University at Albany, an auditioned à capella chorus directed by David Griggs-Janower, were scheduled to go on a tour of Spain and France in 2007. Not enough students could go, so David recruited a few additional singers and groupies to fill… Continue reading Singing in Spain

A Rainy Day in Paris

The morning showed streets shiny from an overnight rain. People were wearing jackets or carrying umbrellas. It was 57°F. Our plan was to stay home until it was time to go to the Opera, for which we had a voucher purchased online. It was June 6, the 73rd anniversary of the invasion of Normandy by the… Continue reading A Rainy Day in Paris

St. Sulpice and the Bistro Maell et Augustin

We walked all the way to St. Sulpice Sunday morning. The church is in fine shape. The scaffolding on the front has come down, revealing a rebuilt facade and towers. The famous murals of Eugene Delacroix have been renovated using a protocol developed by an American professor, Richard Wolbers of the University of Delaware. We… Continue reading St. Sulpice and the Bistro Maell et Augustin

From the Lorenz Church to a Hair-raising Taxi Ride to Frankfurt

Today we wanted to see a bit more of Nuremberg's old town, and then fly to Paris via Frankfurt. Some of this worked out as planned... After a decent breakfast at the hotel, we set out on foot for the old town. Along the way we passed the Café and Bar Celona once more. We… Continue reading From the Lorenz Church to a Hair-raising Taxi Ride to Frankfurt