Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Odessa Opera House

The Odessa Opera House is a building I have admired from afar during my 2 previous trips to Odessa.  Finally this year I was lucky enough to get the chance to not only see a show but also attend a private tour of this historic treasure to the city of Odessa!  (to the people of Odessa it is as treasured as Fenway Park is to Bostonians! They beam with pride when you mention the Opera House!)

The Opera House was built in the 1800s and has made it through wars (bomb actually went thru ceiling in WWII but never exploded!) and after years of neglect was completely restored about 5 years ago.  The building is so over the top that its beauty stops you in your track!  The Opera itself was amazing.  Even on a Sunday night, the performers were some of the best I have ever heard!  The acoustics inside the auditorium are some of the best in Europe (that is a fact and not just my opinion, haha!)

Below is a collection of pictures from my adventure (i actually have over 70!).  I hope you can see how awe inspiring this place is! It left me truly breathless and without words.

Now I am just outside the city at a traditionally summer resort for a work conference.  It does mean long days of presentations and prep work but the benefits of being here make it worth it!  Not only do I get to travel to a beautiful location but I get to spend 3 days with fellow seafarers, their spouses and co-workers.  I can honestly say with this being my 3 trip that the people hear have become like family and this conference is our family reuinon!  For 1 week in total I will laugh, dance, toast and practice my Russian with some of the greatest people I have had the pleasure to meet. 

The beauty of the Ukrainian people is their pure joy for life, love and laughter.  Every toast of Vodka is in honor of these things and nothing is taken for granted.  I will post much more on this later but believe this is why I am so happy to come here year after year.  I always leave feeling refreshed and inspired to appreciate the little things in life.

I would love to hear from you all what places and/or people help you to take a step back and be thankful for the simple things in life.

 Odessa Opera House Pictures!

Main Entrance to Opera House.  Original hand carved marble!

HUUUGE fireplace hand carved with real gold leaf. (gold was everywhere)

Grand Stair Case that leads to balcony seats.

Main Stage from balcony (Yes I was looking for my favorite old men muppets...guess they were off that night!)

Hand painted ceiling with 4 scenes from various Shakespeare plays.  (Chandelier weighs around 3 tons!)

so shinny!

tickle tickle little fat cherub...