Friday, April 12, 2013

A Post From The Road...

We are in the midst of a trip to Europe, celebrating 20 years of wedded bliss. Our first stop was the town of Wuppertal, Germany where we attended a Procol Harum concert and an informal convention of the very informal Procol Harum Fan Club. Wuppertal itself is a rather unremarkable town, made all the more uninspiring by constant cold, clouds and drizzle.

Still, there were some very pretty neighborhoods...

We found a great Italian restaurant themed after one of my favorite movies

The concert and convention did not disappoint. The concert was held in this historic opera house

Procol Harum appeared with an orchestra and choir. Photos were not permitted, but we snuck a few cell phone pics

It was a fantastic show I'll never forget.

The next day, there was a party at a nearby jazz club. The Paler's Band, a group of fellow fanatics, played covers of Procol tunes. Some of the actual band members even joined in the fun. 

About 130 people attended from all over the world. The theme of the convention was "Meet Old Friends For The First Time." And we sure did. 

But there was much more to see, so we bid farewell to our new friends and the town Wuppertal

Next stop was Cologne and its wonderful cathedral; the only building in town to survive WWII bombing

To Be Continued...