|Glad she isn't driving in Paris|
|Joan of Arc Statue|
|Fun ads along the streets (note the purple goat)|
|Moulin Rouge (less glitzy by day)|
|Louvre Museum (a portion)|
|Window shopping, the Parisian way|
Then, it was time to head to Parish de La Madeleine, where the choir was to perform in the afternoon. Amazingly, we were in Paris the same day that the new French President was to be inaugurated! Unfortunately, this impacted our ability to get to the church easily, so we had to abandon the bus on a busy street (with people honking angrily at us), grabbing our change of clothes and music, and head to the nearest Metro. We went underground and raced to the correct train, hoping everyone got on and off easily. After we got off the Metro, we raced up the stairs to the street to find it pouring rain and starting to hail a bit. Some did not have umbrellas (left on the bus), but the wind blew so hard, it didn't matter one way or the other because we ALL got wet. We walked for what seemed a long time (but in reality was likely not far), rather miserable in the rain, wind, and hail..but at the same time joking about the adventure. We arrived for our rehearsal in the church soaked, left valuables with our wonderful companions on the trip NOT singing in the choir, and ended up having a terrific performance. The size of the church could have easily swallowed up the sound of such a small ensemble, but we were able to fill it, drawing a larger crowd as the concert continued. The alum &nIbsp;tour group came for this concert, the last they will be able to attend via their tour, so the support was wonderful. Pictures were taken and we changed back to street clothes and headed to the hotel to prepare for dinner.
|Madrigals following concert at La Madeleine|
|Michael Boswell, Director|
Tomorrow we sing in Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris (Notre Dame!) which is very exciting. The choir had to send in recordings in order to be accepted to sing. Then several hours of free time (what to do, what to do...) prior to the Louvre tour and dinner.