S: Europe 2011
BC: The End | Gail, Katie and Mitch Altendorfer
FC: London, England Paris, France Crans-Montana. Switzerland Vaduz, Liechtenstein Seefeld, Austria Venice, Italy Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany | 2011 Kansas Ambassadors of Music
1: Everyone loves the Red Phone Booths, they'll soon be a thing of the past because of cell phone useage. | Katie and I went to "The Wizard of Oz" in London | In 1592, when Queen Elizabeth I was still on the throne, the original Crooked House of Windsor, known historically as Market Cross House, was built. | Monday-Wednesday, June 13-15, 2011 | Changing of the Guard | Fish and Chips | Windsor Castle It was closed to the public the day we were there. | The Order of the Garter is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry and was founded by Edward III in 1348. The Order honours those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally. Prince William becomes the 1000th Knight in the Register. Members of the Royal family are additional to the established number of 24 Companions. The Duke of Edinburgh was created a Knight in 1947 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth appointed The Prince of Wales in 1958, The Duke of Kent in 1985, The Princess Royal in 1994, The Duke of Gloucester in 1997 and Princess Alexandra in 2003.
2: Tower of London June 14 | St Thomas's Tower 1275-1279 | We enjoyed the Tower of London and wish we could have spent more time there. We also saw the Crown of Jewels, but you can't take pictures.
3: Story of a murder of the princes' and who would be King if there were no princes'
4: Houses of Parliament | Wesley's Chapel Orchestra and Choir sang there | Westminster Abbey | St. Paul's Cathedral | Big Ben
5: Katie was pulled from audience to be in a "street" show
6: Trafalgar Square in central London, England
7: Orchestra and Band played in the park.
8: London Eye, or Millennium Wheel When erected in 1999, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, | Ancient wishing well outside of Windsor Castle | Above, the flag is up representing the Queen is there. | The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, It was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 | Buckingham Palace
9: The Fountain "Marie de Médicis", in the garden of Luxembourg, Paris was built in 1630 for Marie de’Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France | The band preformed for over an hour, there was a big crowd, they loved it.
10: Saturday, June 18, 2011 | the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair.
11: Just as you'd expect, quaint flower shops, butcher shop, markets, etc.
12: The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris | crepes | This guy is real. It scares you when all of a sudden they move | Friday, Jun 17, 2011
13: Food prices are so high, and It's cheaper to drink wine than pop.
14: Notre Dame Cathedral Friday, June 17, 2011 We got caught in a downpour
15: Louvre | Located in Paris, the Louvre is one of the largest palaces in the world and, as a former residence of the kings of France, one of the most illustrious. It exemplifies traditional French architecture since the Renaissance, and it houses a magnificent collection of ancient and Western art | Napoleon III's apartments | Saturday, June 18, 2011
16: Sunday June 19, 2011 | Our Hotel in Crans-Montana Switzerland
17: Monday, June 20, 2011
18: Castle of Chillon | Monday, June 20, 2011
19: Lord Byron, most famous prisoner | On Lake Geneva, The landmark Chillon Castle, originally built in the 9th. century. Its rich history and distinctive appearance has served as inspiration to such literary greats as Lord Byron, Victor Hugo and others. There was a castle here as early as the ninth century, built to protect one of the main roads to the Great St Bernard pass to Italy, but the present castle was for the most part built by the counts of Savoy in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries. During the sixteenth century, the castle was used as a state prison and was the setting of the English poet Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon"
22: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
23: Zermatt, The Matterhorn
24: Graveyard for those that lost their lives attempting to climb the Matterhorn
25: Church in Zermatt, graveyard is in back
26: Liechtenstein Wednesday June 22, 2011 | I bought this cute little clock too, 45 Euros
27: (story for next pages) On the night of Holy Thursday 1384, a knight named Oswald Milser attended Mass at the parish church in Seefeld. Guardian of a nearby castle, he was a man of great arrogance and pride. During Mass, the knight approached the high altar with his sword drawn and a band of intimidating armed men, demanding the large host for himself - the small host normally given to the congregation was too ordinary for him. The frightened priest handed him the host, and Milser remained standing as he took it. But as soon as he had the host in his mouth, the knight sank into the ground up to his knees. Pale with terror, he grasped the altar with both hands, leaving imprints that can still be seen. The knight begged the priest to remove the host from his mouth. As soon as it was done, the ground became firm beneath him again. The humiliated knight rushed to the monastery of Stams, confessing and repenting his sin of arrogance. The velvet mantle he had worn that night was made into a chasuble and given to the Stams monastery. In the remaining two years before his death, the knight continued to perform penance for his sacrilege. In accordance with his wishes, he was buried near the entrance of the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.
28: St. Oswald's Church in "downtown" Seefeld Austria | The Alter | Confessional | Enormos doors | Stayed in this lovely little town Wednesday and Thursday June 22 & 23
29: Where his hand sank into the alter | Where his feet sank into the earth | Duane showing us where a man's hand would fit
30: Winter Olympics – two Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, 1964 and 1976. Skiing and alpine sports are one of the most popular in Austria. One of the quirky pieces of Innsbruck Information is that about the Olympic ski jump. The Ski Jump (Schischanze) was constructed for the first Olympics held here, but barriers had to be erected at the end as when skiers took to the air, the first thing they could see was the cemetery of the church below, a little off-putting! | My clock I bought $85.00 euros | Thursday 6/23/2011 | Goldenes Dachl – Golden Roof; probably the highest profile attraction in Innsbruck, according to my Innsbruck information legend has it that it was begun by Friedrich the Penniless, Duke of Tirol in 1406 to stop the taunts and jokes about his poverty by the other nobles and royalty of the time and he wanted to prove that he did have money so collected all the gold coins, jewellery and other objects in the family, melted them down and gilded copper tiles to build a roof | Austria | The jump from the Wide World of Sports "The Agony of Defeat" We were lucky to see them practice, some chaperones have been on this trip for 20 years and never saw this display. | Drew a crowd, would move when someone would tip him
31: Winged lions can be found all over the city of Venice, in all shapes and sizes. The winged lion became the symbol of the city after the body of St. Mark the Evangelist was stolen and brought to Venice around 828 A.D. The four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, are each represented by a winged creature, and St. Mark's symbol is a winged lion. Unfortunately, when Napoleon captured the city of Venice in 1797, he gave orders to destroy winged lions all over the city since they were considered a symbol of the Republic - even the one sitting on top of St. Mark's column was temporarily removed. After Napoleon's defeat, most winged lions were restored to their original locations and copies were made to replace those that had been destroyed beyond repairs. | Margherita Pizza, Yum! | Murano Glass blowing factory
32: Venice Day Trip | Friday, 6/24/2011 | St. Mark's Basilica the body of Saint Mark was supposedly rediscovered in a pillar burned in a rebellion in 976, rebuilt in 978 and again to form the basis of the present basilica since 1063
33: Gondolas | Mitch and me | Boat ride to Venice | Mitch in line to go into St. Mark's Cathedral | Katie waiting to go into St. Mark's
34: Wilten Basilica The first church was built around 1259, and had large numbers of pilgrims visiting it. It fell into disrepair and was rebuilt in its current state between 1751 and 1756 Pictures just don't do justice. | Cannonball, couldn't find information about it
35: Jewish Memorial Built to represent the oven | Catholic Mortal Agony of Christ chapel (June 2005) | Foundation where the barricks were | Rebuilt barrick | Protestant Church of Reconciliation (June 2005) | Dachau
36: The sign outside the building Crematorium says in German: "Think about how we died here"
38: Above St. Georges's fountain. year 1446 Once a year local sheperds danced around the well to keep the Plague out of Rotherburg. | The night watchman | Rothenburg Germany Saturday June 25, 2011 | GGovernment offices
39: This is the wall and walkway that surround the city of Rothenbug | When a donation is made a plaque is placed
40: Concert in Market Square Sunday June 26, 2011
41: The Germany exchange girls Liza and Ela drove 5 hours to come see Katie | When the clock in Market Square chimed the doors open on the sides revealing the characters | Many Fountains | Different plants grew on the walls, this one was a pear tree
42: Mitch's favorite store, all the guys liked it, guns, knives, weapons of all kinds
43: cobblestone streets were dangerous | Yes, I even found a dollar (euro) store | The hotel we stayed in