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Newspaper coverage in Normandy

Here is a clip from some of the press coverage of the Variations Ensemble singing in Normandy.  The headline reads: “The American singers enchanted the audience” Click image to enlarge.

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Saint Lo

Last night we were hosted by the Conseil Général for this region of Normandy. After arriving at the state house, we were shown to the large meeting room for their government where we saw a film about Normandy and all … Continue reading

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Adieu to Cherbourg and Bon Jour to Saint Lo and Mont Sainte-Michele

Today was an early start to head off to Mont Sainte-Michel (English: Saint Michael’s Mount), which is a 1300 year old monastery with a very small (and pretty touristy) surrounding village. This is an island when it is high tide … Continue reading

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La Hague

Today, after breakfast, we started out with a tour of La Hague, which is the coastal region just outside of Cherbourg. It is lovely rural landscape that reminded me very much of when I visited Ireland with hedgerows, low stacked … Continue reading

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D-Day Tours and our first concert

Our Sunday here was filled to the brim! After starting the day with breakfast at the hotel which included cheese with “great cheeses for big ideas” on the package, we boarded the bus for a tour of the D-Day sites. … Continue reading

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Cherbourg

After being met at the airport by Patrice, our driver, we loaded up the bus and headed out on the road for the 5 hour drive to Cherbourg. Along the way, we stopped at a rest stop for lunch. This … Continue reading

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We are here…

Just a quick post to let everyone know that we arrived in Paris with no problems. And so did all of our luggage!! The second flight from Knoxville was delayed a bit so the connection was tighter than anyone would … Continue reading

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On our way…

Luggage is checked. Boarding passes are in hand. Security check has been passed. We are on our way… I think the blooming daffodils were waving “Bon Voyage” to us this lovely early spring afternoon. And, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and … Continue reading

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Getting Ready

This is a very quick edit of Variations getting ready by singing in the rotunda of the Goins Administration Building. Our college audition choir, Variations, makes final preparations as they leave on their Spring Break tour to France tomorrow.

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Packing Up and Checking the lists

We leave tomorrow and the nerves are kicking in. Did I remember everything? Batteries, tapes, cameras, chargers, adapters, computer, tripods, cables…. Oh, wait, I might need to pack other things like a toothbrush! Guess I should check out Rick Steves’ … Continue reading

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