Chopin's Piano + France Trip
Posted on July 07 2019
On my recent trip to France, I had the privilege of visiting the Château de Montrésor in the Loire Valley. The medieval castle has a Renaissance mansion which is steeped in history, and I had the pleasure of being shown around by distant relatives of Count Xavier Branicki who completely restored the property.
Much to my surprise, I discovered a beautiful walnut Errard grand piano which was once owned by Chopin. What a pleasure and honor it was to play on the same piano as one of the greatest pianists and composers the world has ever known.
It happened to be my Mom's birthday, so of course she was very happy to sit down and play some Chopin for a lovely lady who was a descendent of the Count.
We visited the palace of Versailles during a very unusual heatwave. The gardens were simply incredible!
Paris is one of the greatest cities in the world to walk around, but I must admit that my legs were really aching after such a long day. I love this picture that my daughter Anna took of the Eiffel Tower.
I love visiting old cathedrals and churches, and of course I have a particular interest in organs. The dedication concert for this organ was given by Marie-Claire Alain.
Whenever I am in Paris, I love to visit the cemetery of Père Lachaise, and it was wonderful to show Anna Chopin's grave for the first time.
We also saw the grave of Georges Bizet, composer of one of the greatest operas of all time - Carmen.
We also visited the magnificent castle of Chambord, which is located in the Loire Valley.
France is a magnificent country with wonderful people, amazing food and incredible landmarks. We had a fantastic trip, and look forward to going back again soon.