After my concert, I went up to the Peak on Hong Kong Island. As you can see below, the view of Victoria Harbour is absolutely stunning...
On the way back, we took the cable car. It was built in the 1920s, and the rapid descent is very impressive!
Macau is a fascinating architectural mix of traditional buildings, portuguese mansions, modern skyscrapers - and casinos! The 'Grand Lisboa' (third last picture) literally dominates the city...
During my visit, the drivers were already getting ready for the annual Formula 3 Grand Prix, which takes place in the streets of Macau.
Thanks to this event, it was impossible to get a taxi to get back to the ferry terminal. Eventually, I took a bus (not easy if you don't speak Cantonese, and if the bus uses a different route because of the Grand Prix...), and I did make it to the ferry terminal - it was quite an adventure, especially as I had to be back in Hong Kong in time for my workshop that same evening...
Pictures from my two workshops at the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong this past week. It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with local organists, and I greatly enjoyed working with them.
The first workshop focused on Liszt, the second one included works by Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Guilmant and Dubois.
On board the high-speed ferry from Hong Kong to Macau: these catamarans (and trimarans) are really impressive, one could feel the enormous power of the engines as soon as the ferry left the quay. Half way through the one hour trip, another ferry doubled us (see the pictures in the fourth row) - one could actually see that the ferry lifted off from the water, and that there was a space between the water and the ferry's bottom!
Yesterday, I went to Macau and had the opportunity to play the new Casavant organ in Sao Lazaro Church. The organ is not only visually the vocal point of the building, but it also sounds absolutely fabulous in this beautiful sanctuary.
More pictures of the city and its astonishing architectural mix (Macau, Portuguese & modern Casinos), and the one hour ride from Hong Kong to Macau on the TurboJet ferry will follow soon!
On my way to buying tickets for the ferry to Macau, I took a wrong turn; I did not regret it at all, as I came across this beautiful park in Kowloon! It felt like being in the tropical green house of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens - except that this was not the botanical gardens, and there is definitely no need for a green house here in Hong Kong (the temperature is still in the 70's, and it is quite humid...)
Pictures, stories and videos from my concerts & travels
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