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Stephen

Europe | 18 May 2009

Paris Opera House & La Madeleine Concert

This morning had quite the start. All three of my roommates and I missed our alarm clocks. I was awoken by the sound of someone pounding on our door. Sleepily I opened it to find a tour manager looking for the robes my roommate had. Apparently, we were supposed to be on the bus half an hour earlier. The four of us decided we would make our own way through the city of Paris.

We started by taking the Metro over to the Paris Opera House and did some shopping in the area. We shopped and wandered through one of the biggest malls in Paris; seven floors of 700 Euro stores was quite intimidating. We met up with our group at the Church Paroisse de la Madeleine. It was gorgeous and the acoustics were amazing. We have a quick concert including only a few of our songs. The church had a four second echo which was awesome to hear, but challenging to sing with.

After the concert, we made our way on the Metro with a small group towards the Notre Dame. We found a small pizza place there and had some outstanding pizza.  We then went back to the hotel and relaxed for a while. At 10:45 pm, some of our group really wanted to see the Eiffel Tower light up at 11 pm. It’s a 20-minute walk so we sprinted the whole way there. We arrived at the tower exhausted, but right in the nick of time. It was a beautiful sight to see. We then headed back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.

Today, many of our choir members heard the terrible news of two boys from Lakeside Lutheran High School who were in a tragic accident. We all have them on our minds and in our prayers.

–Stephen Vandenberg

La Madeleine

2 Responses to “Paris Opera House & La Madeleine Concert”

  1. on 22 May 2009 at 3:41 am 1.Starla said …

    We had the good fortune to hear the Madeleine concert …WOW! sound of individual voices heard in middle wrapped around & joined to form a beautiful sound in that immense space. It was great to see expressions on audience faces…you reached many ears who truly appreciated the quality sound and message in the words sung.
    Keep on smiling!

  2. on 23 May 2009 at 9:35 am 2.Donna said …

    This is an awesome picture of the choir! Have fun on the rest of your tour.God bless!