Day 7 - Vero Beach

Today we head east to Vero Beach – we are certainly doing a lot of zig-zagging across the state!  Vero Beach is home to some of the largest retirement communities in Florida and that was very evident in the audience.  Unusually, the venue was not a concert hall but a large modern church.

The acoustics were surprisingly good.

Amazingly blue sky.

Even the stop signs were personalised!

Everywhere we've played so far has their own concert series organised and funded by the local community and this was no different.

There was a beautiful outside atrium – perfect for a bit of al fresco practising!

Rehearsing the Brahms with Peter and Nicky:

Of course, it can't all be work and no play and we have the morning to either explore Orlando or head over to Vero Beach early.

I'm very pleasantly surprised by Orlando and how beautiful some of its neighbourhoods are.  A group of us went to the East End Market – a quirky artisan food and craft market, a real Mecca for foodies.

The Houndstooth Sauce Company.

BBQ mop anyone?

Quite possibly the best cookie ever – dark chocolate chips with sea salt!

We shared a beer flight – pear cider, green sour beer, raspberry wheat beer, lemon IPA and blood orange IPA – and those tacos were delicious!

Whilst we were overindulging in food heaven, others were on the beach and some even tried their hand at kayaking.

Happy St Patrick's day from the USA!