We have had a good deal of split weeks this tour, so we were glad to be in Raleigh, North Carolina for an entire week. Flying into Raleigh went rather smoothly and we were at the hotel early enough to enjoy the evening. The hotel was located right in the middle of downtown, so we were close to lots of restaurants, shops, and of course a couple of nice pubs to enjoy!
We were very excited to get to Oxford – there is so much to see and do here. The famous University and its grounds, The famous Hogwarts Hall from Harry Potter, the Jamie Oliver restaurant and many more restaurants and shops.
The hotel in Roanoke was a gorgeous historic hotel that is on the historic hotel registry in America. It was built during the Civil War to be a connection for the railroad and has evolved over time…. it was nice to be in such a historical building for the couple of days we were in Roanoke.
It was nice to be beside the sea again but unfortunately the weather wasn’t as nice this week. Also the World Irish Dancing Championships were on in Glasgow so a few of the dancers took a few days off to go a see the competitions and also to collect their TCRG certificate.
On Monday, we had an early bus journey to Utica, New York. Opening night at Utica’s Stanley Performing Arts Center, the theatre held a reception for us and some local patrons. After mingling with audience members and posing for a few pictures, relaxing with hors d’oeuvres and some drinks was a lovely way to spend the evening.
On Monday, many of us spent the day in New York City, meeting up with friends and catching shows and concerts. Tuesday morning, we all piled into cars and headed up to Binghamton, New York. The entire company spent most of our time there, sipping coffee, eating delicious food.
We were all sad to leave the exciting vibe of New York City, but when we arrived in Syracuse, New York, we were happy to relax. The hotel was very nice and the theater was just a quick walk, so that is always a plus. The town itself was really busy because of March Madness.
The second week of the tour brought us back to Ipswich. We stayed in the same hotel as we did last year, which meant it was another quiet week for us, except for the fact that we got to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
St Patrick’s week 2010 was a very special week as Riverdance returned to Broadway in New York City to play 8 shows at Radio City Music Hall….
Words can not describe the feeling each of us had and the energy we felt opening night as we walked out on stage…..
With a very successful first week in Seoul, we were all looking forward to new experiences during our second week. This week the shopping continued, the Korean BBQ was enjoyed, a new set of markets were found, and ok, maybe a few nights out were enjoyed by the cast!