Another free morning so it was an opportunity to head for the shops, the beach, a museum or park. One of our hotels (we were split in two groups) was very close to the biggest mall in West Palm Beach. Just the simple task of getting there was an experience – very little priority is given to pedestrians here and if there is a 'sidewalk', you're lucky. But the crossing for the mall was a ten lane intersection and the green man, or white man as he is here, appeared not to be working so it was very much a heart in mouth moment!
It's amazing to watch the locals DRIVE from one shop in the mall to the next!
I've also never experienced having my name written on a fitting room door!
Palm Beach is an island off the coast of West Palm Beach and it is extremely exclusive – Donald Trump has a holiday house there. Most of the beaches are privately owned but we managed to find the municipal beach and have a swim in the Atlantic Ocean – it's a lot warmer on this side!!
We were then off to the Kravis Centre for the first of our two concerts there.
Another stunning Brahms from Nicky and another standing ovation for the Eightsome Reels. We were back in the next day for an afternoon concert with our other programme of the tour; Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Bruch's Violin Concerto and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
We have been extremely well looked after back stage here with a huge 'spread' laid on before both concerts. I was also fortunate enough to be asked to stay behind after the concert for 'afternoon tea' with our American Friends of the RSNO. The Kravis Centre has a beautiful reception space reminiscent of an old library. It was lovely to meet the British Consul General for Florida as well as lots of new friends of the orchestra.
Here is Krishna, our CEO, addressing the reception.
So, it's farewell to West Palm Beach and the first leg of the tour and onwards to Orlando, our base for the next five nights.
There's another birthday today, Janet our piccolo player. As you can see, Janet is rather shy, preferring to spend her birthday quietly, away from any crowds! Happy Birthday Janet!