Our eldest son recently was awarded the violist seat with the Bellagio Youth Strings Orchestra - a middle-school aged orchestra in Orange County. We went to his first two rehearsals recently, where it was temporary housed at the Casa Romantica – a beautiful cultural center in San Clemente.
When Nirzhar and I walked in, it took our breath away. The space is gorgeous! Overlooking the San Clemente Pier and beach, beautiful California gardens and fountains, and a Spanish style Adobe home, with hardwood floors and ceilings. The kids were in one part of the home and practiced, filling the space with the sounds of strings, mingling with the quiet hush of the waves just below. iPhones could not do this beauty justice, though we did try in vain. To say the least, Nirzhar came prepared to photograph the space the second time we were there – see the images below (bonus point if you can spot me)! There’s some events that happen throughout the year, and I’m looking forward to when we can come back when the sun is shining and we can take in the gardens as well.
Some history of the Casa Romantica are below the photos.