The Paulaner Wirtshaus was an interesting little beer house that we found ourselves at during a quick break for dinner between a rehearsal that evening's concert.
It was a cute place with the waiters (men and women) dressed up in the traditional attire for this particular area of Germany .... an
This last weekend was the Monumentendagen in The Netherlands (or maybe it was only in Den Haag...). This is a once yearly event where you can visit most national monuments and museums for free... and in some cases (like the Ridderszaal, the seat of Governance) it is the only day that it is open to
Travelling in Australia really means that you need a decent car with a touch more power than our humble Peugeot 107 shopping trolley! For the Southern portion of our Australian trip, we have hired this big car (yes yes, I'm really that bad at cars...)... I guess it is a 4fwd of some sort (SUV for
Well.... after the cross-planet plane trip with two kids (which went much better than the last time, when the little one screamed for most of the day long trip...).... we finally arrived in Australia for the grandchild trophy tour. Well, mostly it is for our respective parents to show off their gr
Yesterday, our host family took us to an interesting historical structure from earlier eras. In ages past, the idea of housing and keeping pigeons was (at least in France) a right that was given to nobles by the King based upon the land that they owned. This pigeon house (dovecote) would produce a
Last week, I had a bit of a gentle crank out about the crappy travelling days of a musician... today, I reap the better side of being a travelling musician! Every year, one the orchestras that I play for does a festival in the Bordeaux region of France... the place most famous for wines and duck.
As part of my current tour for the Schleiswig-Hostein Music Festival, I'm getting to visit some pretty nice churches with some serious historical significance in Saxony (whilst being based in Hamburg for most of the duration of this project). This St Michaellskircke in Luneburg was one that we pla
Every year in the warmer months, on the Lange Voorhout in front of the Escher Museum in Den Haag (The Hague) there is a festival of sand sculptures that is held under the joint ventures of the Feest aan Zee and the World Championship Sand Sculpting.
Eight artists from all around the world compete
It was a crazy long day of travelling... getting up stupidly early in the morning, followed by a train, then a plane... then a bus and then a longish car ride... but I do find myself back in the Perigord region of France (where I normally have this summer festival with an orchestra that I normally
Gouda is a town that is a short train (or car... or bike) ride away from the city of The Hague in The Netherlands. It's a town whose name is probably most famously associated with the Gouda cheese... and it is also known as the birthplace of the iconic Dutch delicacy, Stroopwafels. Ah... concert w
Just recently, I had the pleasure of going to up to Stockholm in Sweden for a quick concert. It was a pretty whirlwind trip, with just a day of rehearsal and a concert the next day before flying back home.
However, it did give me a nice chance to eat out for dinner in Sweden... where the prices a
We just came back from our little getaway in Antwerp (Belgium) for the school holidays, and finding things that kids under the age of 10 would like to do is quite a challenge sometimes. Even more so, when the things that you were planning to come and see turn out to be closed for renovation or are