Violinist Eugene Fodor, who will appear tomorrow evening at the Kennedy Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra, is not related to the guidebook author/editor who bears the same name. (The travel writer "occasionally shows up at one of my concerts and we exchange misdirected mail," says the artist.) But the famed musician says he is "a born sightseer," whether he's discovering history in Philadelphia or fishing for salmon in British Columbia.
Fodor began making concert tours in 1962 when he was 12, and has visited every state and five continents to fulfill worldwide engagements since his international career was launched in 1972. He tries to find time to at least walk around a city during an engagement. Until last year, when his third child was born, Fodor's family often accompanied him on his tours. He performs year-round, with a lighter schedule during four months, and spends about half his time with his wife, Susan, and their two daughters and son either at their home here in Washington or away on vacation.
Though the artist loves "to explore the cultural riches of Europe," he calls himself "an outdoor person" who feels safest in the United States and usually seeks out areas that offer the sea and magnificent scenery. Among his favorites:
* Hawaii: "I used to own a home in Kona. I still go there because I can take part in my favorite sports: mountain hiking, scuba diving and skin diving."
* Gulf Stream off Palm Beach, Fla.: "Along Palm Beach you can dive in the the Gulf Stream but still be very close to shore and in shallow water. It's called float diving. You trail a float and go down 60 feet -- the stream does it all. The boat follows the float. Very great fun." He also enjoys watching the marine life.
* Bahamas: "Between North Eleuthera and Harbor Island, the Current Cut has the strongest current in the Western Hemisphere -- about eight knots. You jump off the boat and power dive to 40 feet," using the funnel effect of the current.
* Venice: "Again a place near the water. In this fabulous palace city of noblemen and kings, I feel the ghosts of a golden age of art, music and architecture."
* London: "Because it's as though a festival were going on all year. There's so much musical and theater activity."