Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Hills Are Alive, with the Sound of Rain......

Salzburg Dom (Cathedral)
Salzburg.  Home of mountains, salt, salt, mountains and oh, so much more.

Today gave the students a chance to learn more about this beautiful city situated in the base of the Alps.  Sadly, however, the Alps were obscured for most of the day by rain, fog, and more rain and fog.  Last night, as we headed home from dinner, we saw the full moon and believed that this must be a foreshadowing of things to come.  Alas, we were wrong.

Even so, off the group left, umbrellas in tow for a 2.5 hour walking tour of Salzburg.  As we’d run into one other in the hours following, it was obvious that everyone found this town very much to their liking.  How could you NOT love Salzburg?

Dome of the Cathedral
We returned to the hotel to load up and leave for Berchtesgaden and our final concert of the 2013 European Tour at the Christuskirche, the only Evangelical Lutheran parish in this lovely mountain town.  Our buses parked in the parking area of the main square which meant we had to walk through the rain for a few blocks to get to the church.   We entered, found seating in the pews and awaited our welcome and information of what the plans were for the concert from our host.   After a few minutes, however, it dawned on us that we just might be in the wrong church.  Sure enough, we were!  Imagine – we were ready to perform in the wrong place!

Chirstuskirche, Berchtesaden Germany
Evidently there are not many Lutherans in this part of Germany as we asked four – five people where the Christuskirche was and we got different directions each time.   J  Seriously.   After slodging through the elements, we finally saw the church we WANTED – just up the top of the hill.  Say what?  The staircase isn’t cleared of snow?  We have to climb this mountain to sing?   Well, WHY NOT?

As it turns out – a beautiful place, high atop the mountain with a wonderful audience and a perfect way to end our tour.  It was another very special night.
"Ain't Got Time to Die" and soloist Travis Miller....a crowd pleaser to be sure!

Gotta get packing…..we leave at 9 am. for Munich and won’t see our suitcases until late tomorrow night.  As we leave for the airport at 5:00 a.m., who wants to pack tomorrow?   Have a great day!

Couldn't resist.  After all, one of these guys could be Christopher Plummer!

Moments before, I received a call that I had become a Grandpa for the first time!

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