You drive down a tree-lined lane to get to the front of the hotel.
You arrive at the front door. The building looks smaller from the outside, but inside it is much bigger.
There are many different places to sit outside and in with art work everywhere. As I walked into one of the little outside sitting areas the smell of the gardenia was amazing.
While we waited for the rest of the Anchorage Concert Chorus to arrive we listened and watched some green parrots. They were flying around gathering food for their babies. I had to laugh because at one point both parents left a nest and the babies started calling them. It reminded my of our twin granddaughters.
There is a beautiful church right in the center of the hotel. The hotel has quite the history. It was built in 1926 by a pope. The first news on the building dates back to 1948 when the building was designed as Home for Holidays of Women’s Youth, a branch of Catholic Action. Denitively inaugurated on the 8th of may 1955. The church and the historic apartments of the Hotel offered hospitality to the bishops during the Synods, the Second Ecumenical Council and various Episcopal Conferences. Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli stayed here before the opening of the conclave that elected him Pope John XXIII. From a convent to a pilgrims’ house, the hotel’s vocation for the hospitality grew from year to year up to now, transforming itself into an eclectic 4 star Superior Hotel thanks to a creative and intrepid Entrepreneur. It still to this day belongs to the church.
The rest of our group arrived and we all had dinner together, including the Flat Ole Hippies.
For those of you that are watching for the traveling, green short shorts David did wear them the first day in Rome.
Well that is all for tonight. It is time for bed.