It was yet more glorious weather on the day of our second and final appearance in Bucharest for the 2015 visit to Romania. The RLPO were free until 2.30pm so yet another day of exploring was in store for many.
The churches really are spectacular and worth a visit, even for the non-religious such as myself. They are true works of art and are so numerous. A lot of Romanians appear to be very devout and I saw many lying prostrate, praying on the church floors.
The pastry shops and bakeries are worthy of note too. The Romanians appear to go to great lengths to present everything as perfectly and spectacularly as possible. The tourism industry is booming here, which is no surprise.
The RLPO toured Japan recently. Whilst there we had the luxury of playing several concerts in the afternoon, rather than the evening. This gives the musicians the evening off to explore all the sights and sounds etc. Normally, as here in Bucharest, our concerts are in the evening, so the free part of the day is in the morning. Of course, when having a good look around, we can see better in the morning. Also, for those who like a bit of night life (and a good lie in!), the many bars and restaurants are open well into the early hours of the morning.
We generally like to wander around nearby to the hotel and venue, with some wandering a little further afar, time willing. The food here is great! It is so well presented too. It rminds me a little of Germanic, Czech type of foods with a lot of grilled, roasted meats and hearty meat, bean stews and I also came across plenty of dumplings. Prices are very reasonable too. Bang goes the pre-tour diet!
This is Chris Morley, of the French horn section. Chris is a keen brass bandsman and is often pictured on tour in his Greenalls Brass Band t-shirt. Here he is on the steps of his new club, in Bucharest!
We had a late lunch. I enjoyed this terrific entrecote steak, with rosemary potatoes and salad. I can still taste it now!
Here we go again – The latest installments of the intrepid, international travels of the RLPO! The oldest professional symphony orchestra in the British Isles – celebrating 175 years of first class music making this year.
Our welcome in Bucharest.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is enjoying a healthy amount of international touring these days. During the last year we have travelled to China, Japan, Czech Republic and as of yesterday evening, Bucharest in Romania.
The famous old beer hall in Bucharest – Caru ce bere.
Our first day here was a travel day and as such did not involve any orchestra work. Continue reading
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is going on it’s travels once more. This time we are revisiting Romania again. We last toured to Bucharest in 2011 to participate in the prestigious Enescu Festival. As last time, we will be following the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; an august ensemble who are almost as old as the RLPO!
Last time, the visit to Bucharest coincided with our tour to Prague. However, we have already visited the Czech Republic this year so we doing a quick commando raid to Bucharest alone, for four days.
We set off at six in the morning and, if last time is anything to go by, it should be a wonderful trip. I’m not sure I can get my head around trying Carpathian Bear on the menu but the temperature is about 37 degrees.
Just to wet regular readers’ appetites and to instigate the tour blog, I thought I would post the blogs from the last trip so you can get a flavour of what is in store…
Wish us luck!
RLPO TOUR TO ROMANIA – 2015 – BLOG 2 – FIRST DAY IN BUCHAREST