Susanna and I have spent the past two weeks traveling through England, Belgium and Holland. We have been very lucky with the weather. We started off in beautiful Dorset, where we stayed in an incredible manor house owned by friends from New York. Coincidentally, the legendary guitarist Robbie McIntosh, who plays with John Mayer and who we met on the Mayercraft Carrier cruise, lives only 10 minutes away, so we were able to see him and his wife Flo as well. From Dorset we drove via the New Forest - where we saw lots of wild ponies - to Eastbourne, one of those charming English seaside resorts. I performed at a magic convention there, and ate lots of fish and chips. We traveled on to London for a special tribute show to Siegfried and Roy at the Palladium. S&R were there in person. It was quite moving to see Roy walk and talk after his tragic accident in 2003 that almost cost him his life.
We celebrated Susanna’s birthday in London with her relatives, and then woke up at the crack of dawn to take the Eurostar to Belgium to see our friend Lieven Gheysen (a.k.a. comic magician Gili) and his wife Annick in historic Ghent. It was a fast and smooth train trip, and they served nice chocolate croissants on board. In Ghent we saw the beautiful Adoration of the Mystic Lamb altarpiece, completed by the Van Eyck brothers in 1432. The colors are still incredibly vivid after almost six (!) centuries.
We ended up our little tour in beautiful Alkmaar, Susanna’s home town in Holland. It was a great trip.
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