SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR EUROPEAN TRIP

March 28 - April 11. 2007

PARIS

3/29 - 4/1

I used to think it was just a glorified big erector set. Seeing it in person was a total mindchanger.

No photo can do true justice to how breathtaking it is in person. We made two visits to it.

BONSOIR & HATS OFF TO

MR. ALEXANDRE GUSTAVE EIFFEL THE ARCHITECT (who BTW also designed the framework for the Statue Of Liberty ) ,THE BUILDERS & THE PEOPLE OF PARIS FOR PRESERVING IT SO WELL.

"BUT HOW YA GONNA KEEP EM' DOWN ON THE FARM ,

AFTER THE'VE SEEN THE EIFFEL?"

OR....

The Louvre

OR

The Orsay

Painting by American impressionist Mary Cassatt who came from Allegeheny City (Pittsburgh) at the same time that my great great

grandmother Sarah Schaub (who was originally from France) lived there.

THE KNAPPS DOCKED HERE

LaHavre 1890's where the Knapps sailed to when they went back and forth to France

OR

The People Of Paris

OR

NOTRE DAME

OR

THE SEINE

On our cab ride from the airport to the hotel, I spotted this boat as we crossed over the Seine.

I'm glad it was still there when I returned. Reconnecting with boats was a very big part of this entire trip for me.

IF ONLY

I hate to be the guy to tell you all this , BUT had F. J. Quinby prevailed and a few more folks bought land off of him in 1910

This is what your Smith Point Bridge would of looked like!

BUT don't take my word for it ...see for yourself

Moving Right Along

Adolph & Kenny A Little Traveling Music If You Please .......

"To Parelthon Thimithika" (I Remembered The Past)

AND IT'S ON TO

ATHENS

4/2 - 4/5

Athens airport is about 45 minutes outside the city. We took a train that becomes a subway. At first looking out the window it was all fields and countryside with lots of Olive groves etc and then we were underground in the tunnels. At each subsequent stop more and more people got on until it was a mirror image of a New York City subway at rush hour

AND THEN WE CAME TO OUR STOP .........

"THISSION"

" TOTO....WE ARE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE"

When I emerged from the subway stairs on April 2nd about 7 PM this was what I saw.

2500 Plus Years Of History On A Hill

IT STOPPED ME RIGHT IN MY TRACKS & I TOOK THIS PIC

and some dramatic soundtrack ala Raiders Of The Lost Ark played subconciously in my head

"NOW THAT'S HISTORY ! "

ON TOP OF THE ACROPOLIS

Our hotel was just behind those trees behind that temple down there

View From Our Hotel Balcony

I SAW SOPHCOLES' ANTIGONE ON STAGE AT MY COLLEGE IN THE '60's

Must of been something to see it's first run played here in this little 15,000 seater around 456 BC

And of course Greece is also Music, Food & Dancing

and The Knapps !
"THE FIRST KISS"

I discovered this sheet music in a little Photo & Print shop in Old Athens yes it is a Knapp print circa 1920

A FINE DUO NIGHTLY AT "THE MUSES" IN OLD ATHENS

AND COURSE MUSIC IS FOR DANCING!

OPA!

THE REAL CMA !

Claire, Mary & Anne

EVEN IF THERE IS NO DANCE FLOOR

JUST LISTEN AND YOU'LL FEEL IT

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AND NOW IT'S ON TO

CRETE