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INTERESTING TO READ... july 2012

Cantacuzino Palace_Bucharest



Last Saturday I was listening to the Romanian Rhapsody and I thought: "What if I took the little ones to the George Enescu Museum.”
And because I do not take them before seeing the location, on Sunday, I got in the car and went to the museum. I was sad to see that of the Cantacuzino Palace that I admired whenever I crossed Calea Victoriei, only three rooms are dedicated to the Romanian composer. The rest belongs to the Union of Composers.
It is interesting to visit with the little ones, because they are very impressed by beautiful things, and because for them, it is not very important to understand each and every thing, what is most important is the emotional load the event as such generates: "We're going to discover new things”. It is really worthwhile for children above 3. You'll be surprised by their questions. Enescu started playing the violin when he was 4!
It's worthwhile visiting even if you don't have children. You can learn new things, or relax.


They will most certainly appreciate the baroque style of the interiors and they will start asking countless questions. They can see musical instruments (piano, violin), and you can tell them a few interesting things about George Enescu, things that you discover there. Behind the palace there is the house he lived in, which can be visited while listening to his music. (unfortunately, you can only listen to the music here, as at the museum you could listen to the passionate discussions between the employees).


Unfortunately, the yard is not very well looked after, and the personnel closely watches, especially if you go there on a Sunday and everyone is bored and they almost throw you out. 
I find it sad that the management and the employees don't try to make the place more pleasant and welcoming. They said it was going to be rehabilitated…  And when I say try, I am not talking about financial efforts, I believe people should put more passion into everything they do. When I stepped outside, I thought that when I "grow up" I want to be a museum manager :).
It would have been nice if you could visit the museum and listen to his music, or if you could watch (in one of the three rooms!) a documentary about his life, or if the garden were neater, so that you can sit outside and think: "I wonder what inspired Enescu to compose this beautiful music? What was he watching?”. 
Maybe we should teach our children, by taking them to such places where beautiful people lived, that what those people saw or had around them could also inspire us in doing wonderful things. 

Maybe…, who knows?