Cleveland to Washington DC to Brussels to Antwerp. It was about 12 hours of travel. The congress begins tomorrow. It looks like a very full week of concerts, tours, presentations and demonstrations. We'll be visiting eight carillon towers. Three of the towers have eighteenth century bells and are tuned to a meantone temperament. In addition, we'll hear five mobile carillons alone and in collaboration with other instruments.
This afternoon was time to walk around the old city surrounding the cathedral. The bells play strains of a folk tune every 15 minutes and a little flourish on the eighth of the hour. The largest bell tolled to announce afternoon mass and interrupted the Australian fire juggler in front of the cathedral. Poor guy.