Belgian Odyssey Part Four: Beaches, Boats, and Bravos

Our time in Ostend, Belgium, for ClarinetFest continues to be inspirational on so many levels. At the opening concerts alone I sat and listened to some of the greatest iconic players of our instrument, people that I listened to religiously as a young clarinetist for inspiration and to learn my craft by example. These men … More Belgian Odyssey Part Four: Beaches, Boats, and Bravos

Belgian Odyssey, Part Two: Train Misadventures and Ostend

We had a rough first night in Belgium after a lovely dinner right by our hotel at Pasta Devina, where the owner of the restaurant proudly took us through the entire menu and bragged on his wife’s pasta making skills. The Madeleine Hotel that Rick Steves had recommended was undergoing renovations and there was no … More Belgian Odyssey, Part Two: Train Misadventures and Ostend

Travel 101: Plan B

Today was the day! All the preparations, all of the anxiety, all of the excitement, all of the neurotic packing, unpacking, and packing again…Belgium! Except that we’re in jammies with the critters here at Chez Gainey as I type this- and not on a plane heading to Copenhagen. While we were eating a snack waiting … More Travel 101: Plan B