Day 6 – Sarasota

Anothert day, another beach, I mean concert! Today we are heading for Sarasota, a couple of hours west of Orlando. We have three coach drivers who are all being wonderfully flexible so one bus sent off early for those who wanted to explore a bit of the town.

Some of us decided that pedal power was the easiest way to get around so headed straight for the bike hire shop.

Others headed straight for the Sarasota Lido, a strip of land sitting out in the bay connected by a huge bridge.

The beach there has amazing pure white sand.

Sarasota is a pretty town with lots of charm and culture and less of the skyscraper feel of other American cities. The opera house and theatre look really interesting.

I could have sat and watched the pelicans diving for fish for hours.

The concert hall in Sarasota is called the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and I can't help but think of Count Wenzel of Weselton in Frozen! It's a giant purple structure which you can see for miles around and sits right on the Sarasota Bay. Its nickname locally is the 'purple cow'!

Chris Hart, our principal trumpet takes a moment to serenade the birds just as the sun is setting.

There's another 40th  birthday today too, this time it's the turn of our Principal Viola Tom and we duly embarrassed him with some cake and candles in the interval of the concert – Happy Birthday Tom!