Post 2: Absorbing the culture!

Our choristers are doing their best to see as much of Paris as possible. Easter Sunday was spent checking out some very prominent sites, some on foot and some from a cruise along the River Seine.

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Cruising the Seine (Pic by Kate)

The groups enjoyed picnic lunches at the Tuileries before heading to the incredible Louvre Museum.

Even with the sightseeing, the day was relaxing for the choristers, allowing them to further settle into the new timezone, before their first performance on Monday night.

The purpose of this trip is never far from the choristers’ minds with their first official performance at the Eternal Flame at the Arc de Triomphe on Easter Monday night.

This performance, along with the upcoming concerts in Allonville, Vignacourt and Villers-Bretonneux, will be great opportunities for our choristers to discover the Australian and French WW1 connections in the lead up to Anzac Day.

In just a few days our choristers will leave Paris for the Western Front, with a highlight of many bound to be setting foot at the awe-inspiring Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux.

Chorister Caitlin Freeman got in early, visiting this site last Thursday with her family, seeing the memorial just before set up begins for the Anzac Day Dawn Service.

 

With her family, Caitlin found her Great Great Great Cousin Private Joseph Hind’s name on the memorial wall. He was killed in action in Bullecourt, aged 20.

The Freeman family were amazed by the beautiful site which respectfully honours the soldiers who fought.

Stay tuned for more stories from choristers on their Anzac connections….but next, news on how our choir handled their first overseas performance! More soon!

#vobanzacdaychoir #lestweforget #wewillrememberthem

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