Cesky Krumlov

The countryside from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov offers splendid scenery. We stayed at the Zlaty Andel Hotel on the main "Square of Concord" in the city center. Inhabited at least since the bronze age, in medieval times Cesky Krumlov was the chosen home for a series of noble families who dominated the country for centuries: the Vitkovec, Rozmberk, Habsburg, Eggenburg, and… Continue reading Cesky Krumlov



    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