S: Chicago Chorale Anniversary Tour June 17-27, 2011
FC: Chicago Chorale 10 Year Anniversary Tour June 2011
1: June 17th & 18th, 2011 Barcelona
2: On the plane, heading to Spain!!! | On the bus for our first tour | Cliff in our hotel in Barcelona.
3: Our Bus Tour of Barcelona
4: On the top of this statue is Columbus
5: These rings were made to commemorate the Olympics. | Here they are from farther away at the lookout.
6: The views from the lookout point.
7: At the lookout, all of the paths had artistic patterns.
9: Finally, we got to see the Olympic Stadium! (Something Holly missed the 1st time in Barcelona.) | This is where the Olympic Flame burned during the games. | Holly had one chance to take this shot from the moving bus. Thank God it came out! | This is a cell tower artistically created to look like the eternal flame.
11: The only picture of Las Ramblas. Cliff will have to go back. | The Bullfightning arena of Barcelona. This is the last year they will ever have bullfights again.
12: Gaudi's Architecture
13: This house by Gaudi was supposed to simulate a dragon. You can see the scales at the top of the roof. The window frames simulated the skulls of the dragon's victims.
15: La Segrada Familia
17: This church was designed by Gaudi. It's so big and ornamented. It's taken over 100 years to build and they're not finished yet! | WOW!
19: One of the oldest basilica's in Barcelona. A festival was going on and they were dancing a traditional Catalonian dance.
21: Our First Performance in Igualada, Spain
22: Of all the places we sang, this was Holly's favorite.
24: Anne with Soren as we waited for rehearsal to start. | It really was a beautiful church.
25: The reception after the concert. They served the best sweet bread!
26: Girona, Spain June 20th, 2011
27: The old city had losts of steps and twists and turns.
28: The Cathedral | Holly found this lizard on the stairs as we were climbing. | The view from the top!
30: Beautiful views from the Cathedral garden
33: Twelfth Century Turkish Baths
34: Salvador Dali Museum Figueres, Spain June 20th, 2011
35: This picture is what inspired the room above. The original picture is at the Art Institute in Chicago.
36: We just kept shaking our heads...
37: The real one is in New York City. | Yes, it was made of spoons.
38: Carcassone, France June 20th & 21st, 2011
39: The Medieval City
40: Holly's first chance to go inside a European Castle and the French go on Strike. C'est la vie! | The only pictures we could take of the Museo de Torture.
41: Here's the date of when the Cathedral was built.
42: Cliff eating his first crepe! | The wonderful view from the castle. | Soren on the bus on the way to our 2nd concert in Alzone. | Cliff in front of the castle.
43: Our 2nd concert in Alzonne, France. | Chicago Chorale singing with La Choeur D'Alzonne.
44: Our hotel room where Holly caught her cold. | View of the lobby from the stairs. | So long Carcassone! On to the next city!
45: Cahors, France June 22-24, 2011
46: We get to Cahors and have just a few hours before we meet the Mayor and have a rehearsal for our concert that night! | The Mayor of Cahors | Our Tour Bus | This was also the worst day of Holly's cold. She was so dizzy in this picture, she was afraid she might fall down.
47: Our 3rd Concert Cahors, France
48: THE WALKING TOUR | Our Guide was great. She told us about how the city's architecture showed how people were poorer in the southern end of the city. But as we moved North, the houses and windows became much more elaborate.
49: The poor area | The richer areas
50: Soren and Momma Jessica | Bruce | Our Tour Guide | Anne
51: More of Cahors, FR
52: The Cathedral garden
55: The Cahors Cathedral
57: The Bridge that protected the city.
58: Chateua Saint-Sernin Vineyard
59: Yes, these tarts tasted even better than they looked. | Yes, you're reading it right. Chicken and thyme potato chips. Very European. | Our 4th Concert in Vigan, France.
60: So during this concert, Holly ended up having a horrible coughing fit because of her cold, during the 2nd movement of Rautavara. She couldn't move, she couldn't breathe. Not so good. | The church was so old that the ceiling had netting to catch the parts that would fall. And there was a bat that lived in the church that went nuts when we were singing.
61: The reception after the concert. The other choir sang all of these French songs for us. | Cliff the CD Salesman! | Cliff's New Buddy, Roberto, our bus driver. | Cliff getting ready for his first train ride!
62: Tom, Amy, and Peter on the train with us. | Where's the bus? Because of a Gay Rights Demonstration, the bus to pick us up from the train station was over an hour late. | Cliff's First Train Ride EVER!!!
63: June 25th-27th, Paris, France
64: Our 4 mile walk along the Seine River
66: Sacre Coeur, Montmartre | Notre Dame Cathedral
67: Since it was Sunday, we were able to see Mass at Notre Dame too.
68: Our Final Performance, Le Madeleine, Paris
69: Our final dinner together.Because of all of the mirrors in the room, it was really hot. And the service was terrible. The French aren't very good serving parties of 50 or more.
70: So Long France! We will see you next time!