(Many shows, to our regret, are undocumented here - - we were unable to be photographers and musicians simultaneously! If you have a photo from a show you would like to see represented, please send me a copy and I will scan it and return it to you. Do not send me compressed files; I have found them to be difficult to work with.)
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Europe Part 1
~ photos of our journey ~
We began in Austin, flying to Frankfurt, Germany... it was my first flight in ten years; I took this shot from my window seat...
When we arrived in Germany, we were delighted to stay at the Kempenksi Gravenbruch Hotel on the outskirts of Frankfurt:
We rehearsed in Frankfurt for shows in Offenbach and Dresden. Our
photos of those places did not turn out so well.
But our friends Tom And Vicki Belinoski (from Austin) - shown below - took several - -
If it wasn't for Vicki, we would have no photos of our first concert on the tour.
Here we are doing the encore - Don't Think Twice - with Richard, Gene, and Carol. The Germans loved the twang in my voice, they said. It was "real country!"
After the show, Vicki and Tom came backstage where they met Joan, then the rest of us gathered for a little mugging for the camera !
Pictured: Me, Mark Peterson, Richard Shindell, Tom, Vicki, Gene, and Carol Steele
Gene's and my pics of our next stop did turn out - our first favorite city of the tour - Prague, Czechoslavakia (Czech Republic). Our bus was too big for the small street, so Chris - our driver - dropped us off out front at dawn:
The waitpersons who served us our amazing breakfasts, with "shtempel..."
Since we were there two days, some of us ventured out by ourselves at first. Gene and I went to the oldest bridge in the city - a landmark, covered in statues and crawling with tourists, and artists selling paintings and jewelry:
En route to the old bridge (on foot) through the streets of Prague...
Just one of the many statues on the bridge...
As we crossed the bridge, the first snow of Winter began to fall
and everone cheered!
On the bridge, we heard music coming from an accordion - there are many street musicians in Europe who play for tips:
Gene and I walked back to the hotel where we dined at a hotdog stand along the way ( a baguette with a wiener stuffed inside). The rest of the band was waiting at the hotel to go to President Havel's palace for a private tour and brunch! I had to have my picture made with Richard for all my girlfriends back in Austin - he looked so enigmatic in his sunglasses.
Along the way to the palace, we passed many artists, vendors and musicians. Yes, we even heard another accordion... We walked up hundreds of steps to the palace high overlooking the city; when we arrived we walked (more) through miles and miles of rooms. We were really glad not to have to climb any more steps for awhile.
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Part 2 - Prague :Havel's Palace
Part 3 - Munich, Zurich, Ghent, Reims
Part 4 - Hamburg, Paris
Part 5 - the Castle at Canisy
Part 6 - Bath (UK)
Part 7 ~ London
Part 8 ~ Belfast, *Amsterdam
Part 9 ~ Dublin
Part 10 ~ The Bus and us!
(*out of sequence)
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