Bastille Day in Bordeaux

The Opera Café in Bordeaux where we ate lunch

We woke up to rain — lots of it, cats and dogs, but decided to go with our plan to drive to Bordeaux. It rained most of the way, but when we arrived, it was cloudy but dry. We expected that most of the stores would be closed for the holiday, and were pleasantly surprised to find most of the cafes open. We tried to visit some churches, but were only able to view them from the outside since they were closed for the holiday.

There were many brightly-painted cows in Bordeaux.

We had to find another route to the Abbaye tonight because of a local Bastille Day parade of antique cars and fire engines. The concert tonight was again excellent — it was 2 Mozart piano concertos and a Haydn symphony played by the Orchestre des Champs-Elysée. The pianist, Kristian Bezuldenhout, was very young, born in South Africa, and played a historic 19th-century piano (1840) which had a very sweet sound. This was the first concert in which the players were seated. I forgot to mention in earlier posts that except for the harpsichordist and gambist, all the players stand up to play.

Orchestre des Champs-Elysée played Mozart and Haydn

Also unusual (so far) was that the pianist apologized to the audience that his French was non-existent, so he played a Mendelssohn Duetto as the encore.

About Katherine Crosier

In addition to playing the organ I am interested in documenting life's special moments through journaling, scrapbooking, photography and slideshow production. My family just groans.
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