16 September 2008
Tuesday, 16th September 2008
We met some really big smiles this morning, with the children seeming to compete about who had the most sleep and whose breakfast was the best!
We first had a cultural tour of the city, including the Old Bridge with statues of all the saints, many of whom managed to have their lives ended by losing their heads! Quite interesting was the town council chambers where the walls are painted to reflect the rich history of Würzburg - a good reminder of the importance of the councillors' job!
Lionel took opportunity of the beautiful surroundings to warm up the children's voices and entertained the guides with a short performance. Next up was a visit to the Franciscan Chapel where statues by the famous Würzburg artist, Tilman Riemenschneider, can be seen. Of course we just HAD to test the accoustics here too!
From here we saw the magnificent Residenz (the residential palace of the Prince Bishop) from its gardens while enjoying a picnic lunch, followed by a tour of the inside of the building. Amazingly, a large part of the building was destroyed during the Second World War, but was since rebuilt as an exact replica. Most of the movable items could be saved and the rooms and ceilings are breathtakingly beautiful. Sorry folks, they would not allow our cameras, so you'll have to arrange your own visit one day! Oh, and I almost forgot the impromptu performance that was very much enjoyed by the other tourists! Nothing like a bit of marketing the day before our big concert!