|Today was supposed to be a "I'm not doing my hair today" so don't take a pic of me day. |
As usual, I'm learning flexibility. And to always do my hair.
|Kings Cross Station at Platform 9 3/4 was our departure station to York. I call that fate.|
We all got pictures. If you don't know what Platform 9 3/4 is,
you have a very sad, sad life.
We took the train to York, England today around noon. You really have to admire the UK's efficient transportation system, I wish Houston were this easy to get around. I spent much of the trip reading, while Daniel and Andrew ate Dark Chocolate Digestives. And by ate, I mean they finished two packages of the cookies.. I mean biscuits. (Andrew's Note: Biscuits!!) Things get ugly if you call biscuits "cookies" here. Andrew is obsessed with the whole biscuits thing. He has this book called "Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down". And no, I didn't make that up. It gives all sorts of lovely biscuits to eat with your "cuppa" (cup of tea). Oh, and there's a website. He checks this weekly in case there's any pressing news on the biscuit front.... this is a whole new level of nerd folks. (I haven't checked it weekly in about two years! They've stopped posting :-( I suppose there's not enough demand for biscuit knowledge.)
|There's like a thousand calories in two biscuits, each package holds like 20, |
and they ate two whole packages.
We're staying at this awesome B&B, "The Lamb and Lion Inn". Having never stayed in a B&B before, Andrew and I were pretty excited, especially about the towels in the bathroom!! So plush and fuzzy!! Our room is super cute, not expensive, free and fast wifi, and breakfast is included. Love it! The people in the pub downstairs just told us that it was rated by some travel magazine as one of the best places to stay in all of Europe for under one hundred pounds. I wrote out 'one hundred pounds' because I can't find a pound sign in word on the computer. Pounds. The owner's name is Brian, he carried my bag up three floors to my room. Andrew forgot to tip him but he seemed to still like us. We like Brian. And York. (We chose this place on a whim, mostly for the location (about 500 feet from York Minster Cathedral) and the mid-range price...we had no idea it was going to be such a gem!)
|So so cute! Dahh!!! Love it!|
|So much space for a British loo!!! And the towels! |
Will have to get a picture in tomorrow of the towels!
Byrd's music was the majority of the concert, along with a couple of modern pieces:
*Gabriel Jackson (20th century) - To Morning
*William Byrd - Great Service - Venite, Te deum, Benedictus, Magnificat, Nunc dimitis
*Anonymous 14-15th century hymns - Iam lucris orto sidere, Rector potens, verax Deus, Te lucis ante terminum
*Jonathan Dove (20th century) - Full Many A Glorious Morning, Care-charmer Sleep
*Eric Whitacre (20th century) - Sleep (Possibly one of my and Allison's favorite all time pieces!!)
I liked the concert but was way too distracted by the amazing architecture. (It is definitely hard in these places to not drift off into thinking about how the stone that your feet are sitting on has possibly been there for 1,400 years!) One of my graduating band students, Taylor, is studying architecture... I expect my next band room to be built with a ceiling like this, Taylor:
|The Gabrieli Consort in York Minster Cathedral. WOW.|
Here is "Sleep" done by the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Eric Whitacre himself. Turn up your speakers really high... Do it.
(And by the way, Grace Choir peeps - they ended the entire concert tonight with a similar arrangement of "Tallis' Canon" that we did on our Spring Concert last year! How do you like that?!?)