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CCCC Euro Tour 2016 Journal #6

Cologne to Heidelberg!

Today we visited Cologne, Germany, on our way to Heidelberg.
We had a walking tour of Cologne.  Most of the city was demolished by bombs in WWII, so the historic buildings we visited have been reconstructed with original materials in the post war period.  Fortunately the Cathedral was spared in the attacks, though we learned that they carefully removed all the stained glass windows to prevent damage during the war.
This is the largest, and most magnificent of all the cathedrals outside of St Peters in Rome.  It is awesome!!!  This picture is just a tiny speck of the whole, which soars for over 400 feet!

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We had a wonderful meal tonight – potato soup, chicken, couscous, eggplant, and a warm molten chocolate cake, all served in our private dining room!  We have eaten well this whole trip, and are staying in a charming little downtown hotel, close to the river. It’s all good!!!!!Tour6-5

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CCCC Euro Tour 2016 Journal #5

More photos from the first half of the trip!

Thank you, Suzanne Tang, for these photos!

St. Andrew’s Church, Antwerp

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Concertgebouw, Bruges 

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Leaving Antwerp  

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 On the bus leaving Antwerp

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Cologne Cathedral

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CCCC Euro Tour 2016 Journal #4

Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Ypres

Fun times at the MAS museum in Antwerp

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Welcome dinner at a beautiful riverside restaurant in Antwerp, shared with the Berkeley Chorus.
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Yesterday we visited Ghent and Bruges. It has rained throughout our bus ride, but the heavens cleared in time for our canal cruise! Perfect timing! That night we had our first Verdi concert, at the Concertgebouw – what a wonderful, acoustically fantastic performance space. It was well attended, and well received. We had multiple bows from the audience. Got back to the hotel bymidnight, tired but very happy for another good day in Belgium!
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Today we went to Ypres, in Flanders. Here we are at the medieval wall surrounding this lovely little town. We had time to shop, investigate, sing in the square to appreciative passersby. We had a fabulous dinner and then went to the magnificent Ypres St Martin’s Cathedral for our second performance of the Verdi Requiem. Tomorrow we travel to Cologne Germany, where we will have a walking tour of the old city and the incredible cathedral. Then we head to Heidelberg, our new “home base.”
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Our performance space!
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Singing in the square
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St Martin’s Cathedral
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