typing out this entry while i'm enjoying my breakfast in the hotel.. photos from yesterday to share! :D
we had our rehearsal/workshop session in the morning, followed by the opening parade of the Europa Cantat 2012! the weather was so cool in the morning, but it turned blazing hot in the afternoon!! i hope i spammed on enough sunblock to fend off those nasty UV rays, cos we had to walk about under the hot sun for the parade and we were all dying in our thick polo tees and jeans :( also, cos it's summer, the sun sets really late and totally warps my sense of time. i woke up really early, at 5am, even though i slept at 11.30pm the previous night! haha. having a great time so far, and can't wait to explore the city and shops!
placemats in the hotel dining area. how to say "Good Morning" in Italian!
and there's always a huge spread of pastries and bread! love!
super cute cornflakes dispenser :D
my brekkie, muesli with yogurt, a croissant, ham and scrambled eggs!! :D :D :D
we have to walk to get to our rehearsal venues, but it's quite a nice walk in the morning cos the weather is still nice and cool!
on the streets with Fishie!
even the flowers are prettier in Italy.
bookstalls along the streets.
and banners for Europa Cantat hanging along the streets too! it's quite a major event that takes place in Europe every three years. choirs from all over the world sign up to take part in the workshops, known as ateliers, conducted by various well-known composers, conductors and musicians!
the S Y C ensemble singers!
AW! a super adorable and friendly doggie we met!! it's sooo cute!!
very very very friendly and it kissed me. teehee.
our rehearsals are held inside a performing theatre, and it's a really small and quaint looking place.
the conductor in charge of our workshop/atelier.
we went to a random pizzeria for lunch, and even random restaurants serve really yummy food already!
and it's SUPER cheap! less than 10 euros for a pizza or pasta, which is about 15 sing. plus the portions are huge, so you can share too!
funghi pizza :D
giant servings of pasta!!!
Woon and i!
throngs of crowds during the parade.
the patriotic Singaporeans!
impromptu street singing and performances from various choirs! it's really fun, everyone just randomly bursts into song and everyone listens and the passerbys actually stop to listen and applaud! definitely wouldn't happen in Singapore :S
there's a really gorgeous mountain view from one side of the city too!
we ended the parade in the evening, and roamed around shopping, before finally resting our feet for dinner! i swear we must have covered at least 5 or 6km just walking about the entire day! which is actually very good, because it helps to burn off some of the calories :X the food is all so rich and delicious! went to another nearby restaurant which serves really fantastic risotto and crepes, you really won't be able to find such quality in Singapore for the same price!
every meal starts with a bread basket. goes wonderful with olive oil and balsamic vinegar!
the giant plate of risotto we shared amongst five because we weren't that hungry. but it was SOOO big! and only like, 9 euros? can feed a lot of people!
and the most delicious Nutella white chocolate custard ice cream crepe EVER!!! (only 6 euros!)
Vivien, Shen Een and Hil!
Marissa, me, Fish and Woon!
only paid 5 euros for dinner after breaking down the cost. omg. that's like $7.50 for so much goodness and satisfaction! so happy! :D
back "home" to our hotel!
today's going to be rehearsal in the morning again, followed by some free time in the afternoon! i wanna go shopping!!! all the shops are on sale and the prices are really low! teehee. i hope i have enough space in my luggage to shop to my heart's content!!!
i'll update again with more photos! hope you enjoyed looking at them!
have a fabbbb Sunday!!! :D