2015 Europe, May 31: Paris
A rainy day did not discourage Orchestra members from enjoying a free day in Paris on their day off. Some made plans for a trip to Giverny and the gardens that so inspired Impressionist Claude Monet. Some had planned far ahead and purchased tickets to the French Open, which offered exciting play despite a rain delay. Others enjoyed cafés or special dinners with colleagues and friends they know who live here. For one group of musicians, it was an early morning and a 13.1 mile run in the Paris Saint- Germain-en-Laye Half Marathon.
Concertmaster David Kim, cellist Glenn Fischbach, and Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch participated in the Paris Saint-Germain Half Marathon, which began at 8 AM. Photo by Jan Regan.
Associate Principal Second Violin Paul Roby (right) cheered on his colleagues, including Concertmaster David Kim. Photo by Jan Regan.
The iconic Arc de Triomphe was a site visited by many musicians. Built between 1803 and 1836, the Arc stands at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle and was built in honor of those who fought for France, in particular those who fought during the Napoleonic Wars. A revered patriotic site, it also contains the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I and the Memorial Flame. Photo by Jan Regan.
Yannick spent the day with family, visiting the Louvre and one of his favorite paintings: Eugène Delacroix’s portrait of Frédéric Chopin from 1838.
Violinist Paul Arnold visited Giverny, approximately 46 miles west of Paris, drinking in the beauty and channeling Claude Monet in his photography. Monet lived in his house in this picturesque village for 43 years—from 1883 until his death in 1926. There are two gardens, a flower garden and a water garden. Here is the water garden with the famous Japanese Bridge. Photo by Paul Arnold.
After running the Paris Saint-Germain Half Marathon, cellist Glenn Fischbach enjoyed the afternoon at the French Open at Roland Garros, which was named after a French aviator and World War I fighter pilot, who made the first non-stop flight across the Mediterranean Sea, from France to Tunisia, in 1913. Photo by Glenn Fischbach.