We have officially arrived in Paris, well, actually we arrived many hours ago but we have been out and about in the city. We had a great flight and tried to get as much sleep as we possibly could on the plane knowing today was going to be a very long day.
The beauty of Paris has been captivating. From the historical landmarks, to the architecture of the residential buildings. We have already seen so much on our first day we can’t wait to see more of the what this city has to offer. Our first two major highlights include our visit to both the Paris Conservatory and the Musée d’Orsay.
The Paris Conservatory was in line with our, “In the Path of Chopin,” journey due to the fact that Chopin himself performed many concerts at this conservatory. We were able to tour the concert hall and see where his performances took place. This was a true honor to able to view this. Standing in the hall we all felt taken back in time and imagining what it would have been like to see Chopin perform here. Debussy, a former student of the Paris Conservatory, and Berlioz both have a history in the building as well. We were able to tour a room where Berlioz himself composed music. Our students immediately wanted to sit down around this huge circular table to take in this experience. There is also an old fireplace in the room which Berlioz used to burn his music when he was not happy with his compositions.
We also visited the Musée d’Orsay later in the afternoon. This museum , formerly a train station, features multiple floors of beautiful art and legendary paintings. On the top floor we found many paintings by Impressionist artists Monet, Renoir and Degas. It was mesmerizing to stand in front of those paintings that many of us have only seen in books.
Tomorrow will be our Masterclass with Adam Wibrowski so please stay tuned for more…….