Music and tourism: my passions!

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After suffering some hours on the last movement of Beethoven 5th sonata for cello and piano, one of the hardest fugue I have ever played, the kind of piece that you have to pray every kind of Gods before any performance…

Pianists headache!

…and after a few hours of nice rehearsal with Rodrigo Garcia Simon, the cellist, we could finally enjoy giving a concert at the conservatory of Pozoblanco, a little city at 50 km from Cordoba. It was full of children and cello students, as Rodrigo was an invited teacher giving masterclasses during that week in the conservatory. Beethoven was hard for me, but Tschaikovsky Rococo Variations weren’t especially easy for him! Especially in a 30° hall during the afternoon.

With Rodrigo

After the concert, we had some nice time chilling out, having for dinner the city’s specialty, a « salmorejo cordobes » – a cold soup, like gazpacho, but more creamy and with extra ingredients: jamon serrano, eggs, fish…

The next day, I made good use of the morning to visit Cordoba and its « Festival de los Patios »: people decorate their courtyard with flowers and plants to participate in a 15 days competition, every year in may. There are around 70 decorated patios in Cordoba, I just had time to see a few but it was impressive and beautiful.

Flowers Flowers Patio

Then I still had time to visit the Mezquita – Cathedral of Cordoba and great representation of the arabic influence in Andalusia.

Mezquita Mezquita

Before heading back to Sevilla, we had lunch at the Pizzaiolo that holds the Guinness record for having the most extensive menu. I got headache choosing my dish!

I arrived in Sevilla and had to go directly to an art gallery/shop where my very gifted painter friend Pablo had his works exposed (discover him and enjoy: http://pablodimerchante.blogspot.com.es/).

Hogar en el recinto amurallado

Hogar en el recinto amurallado

 

Tourism, art… It was just a perfect day!

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