To most Americans, the Royal Albert Hall is probably best known from performances of the musical "Les Miserables". In the UK, it is best known for "The Proms" (eight weeks in the summer - since 1941 - of classical concerts sponsored by the BBC ). Prince Albert (husband to Queen Victoria) sponsored the Great Exhibition of 1851. His biggest achievement during this exhibition was the Crystal Palace. It was a huge success financially. Prince Albert suggested that these funds be used to create a permanent series of facilities to promote the arts. Unfortunately, Albert died before seeing any of this completed. The foundation stone for the Royal Albert hall (originally to be called "The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences" the name was changed as a tribute following Albert's death) was laid in 1867 and Queen Victoria officially opened it in 1871. Since then, the world's leading artists from numerous genres perform in approximately 350 events held each year. Depending upon the configuration for each performance, the hall can seat 5,272 people.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.