Here are photos I’ve been wanting to share from our November trip to London, Amsterdam and Paris. The reason for the trip was to perform at the chickfactor for the love of pop festival in London. Brian and I traveled with Jim & Emily from Jim Ruiz Set. We backed them in Jim Ruiz Set, and they backed us in The Starfolk. It was a lot of effort to get our sets together with the new Euro line ups, but rehearsing with Jim and Emily was half the fun. A few days before we left we had a run through for both bands at The Chapel in Northfield, MN.
We stayed at Umi Hotel in Bayswater. I love that they use refillable bottles for water that they filter in house! Very eco-forward. Actually I shouldn’t say “forward,” because this should be the standard. It’s very eco-now.
Chickfactor: for the love of pop! london was a whirlwind. We saw some outstanding bands. The highlight (other than playing!) was seeing the Would-Be-Goods for the first time. I didn’t snap a photo but listen to their captivating song Esperanza to which Jim Ruiz introduced me last year.
I loved visiting the Tate Modern Art Museum.
Before we knew it it was time to go to Amsterdam by overnight ferry.
On the boat Jim revealed the near lethal adorable-ness of his old London Transport Photo.
The first three nights we stayed on a houseboat in North Amsterdam. It was rustic, chilly, and added a lot to the adventure. Four bikes included.
Sir Brian stood sentinel to defend the ship from marauders. And mice.
We used bikes and a free 24 hour ferry to get downtown everyday, and walked everywhere from there. I fell in love with Amsterdam, and was amazed by their bike culture. You see every age and type of person on a bike. Wearing heels, sipping drinks, hauling kids around, or balancing a giant cardboard box on one shoulder. It’s not an environmental thing or a health thing, it’s just widely recognized as a great way to get around.
Appel Flaps and Wafels.
On the fourth night Brian and I moved across town to stay in a garden house recommended by our friends Jeff and Kathy. It was so pretty we hardly wanted to set foot outside.
The bed was in a loft.
Views from the loft.
Making dinner. Ruffly cabbage, prei and red pepper.
With lentils and brown rice. We saved a lot of money by cooking for ourselves.
The Dutch mini van.
We had a couple gigs in Amsterdam and met great people.
The garden house came with museum passes. We visited beautiful museums in Amsterdam.
After a week in Amsterdam Jim and Emily headed to Ghent, Belgium; and Brian and I went to Paris.
We rented a studio apartment in Paris. It was spartan digs, but very close to the Louvre; an amazing location for walking everywhere.
I fell in love with this face at the Rodin Museum.
And up the Eiffel Tower.
Views from the top.
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