David has lived in Alaska all his life and in Anchorage since 1961, so there were a lot of good byes that had to be said.
It started Tuesday, we had dinner with David’s brothers and their wives. It was a lot of fun. I love to listen to the brothers talking about growing up. Lot of hugs and promises to come see us we said bye.
On Saturday was his last concert with Anchorage Concert Chorus.
David has sung bass for the chorus 27 years. The last concert was the best one I have heard I believe. After some of us went out for a drink and food. We did not get home until 1. It was so nice to get to say good-bye to them.
The Church Palace was a lot of fun. The food was good and the drink was better. We rode a lion and took a selfie in front of artwork called selfie. The bed was nice too.
These people that brought us along with them are really cool. They took us everywhere. We got to go to the Vatican Museum.
We had some great pasta for dinner.
We went to the forum which was very old. We met a seagull with her two babies. We checked out a well too.
We hung out with the Ron
Then we headed to the colosseum. They said many animals, slaves and Christians were killed there. I wonder what would happen to flat people like us.
We met some new friends when our carrying friends stopped for lunch.
We went to a concert at a Refuge camp.
We got to go out to lunch the next day.
Then we got to go to St Peter’s Basilica with the choir.
We next stayed in Montecatini and got to eat breakfast out in the garden.
There was even a huge lemon tree.
We then visited with John for a little bit.
We found a really cool phone.
The drinks all through Italy were great. We tried many different things.
We had tons of different pastas.
We had a lot of white meat but we did have some fish that was very good.
The dessert were out of this world.
We rode on a gondola, saw many rivers, were put in prison, the bridges were cool and sang many times with the chorus.
Italy was really fun. We met many new friends and saw many new things. The people who took us with them were great. They never left us behind or stuck us in a bag where we could not see. They fed us good food and drink. I am glad they have decided to take us with them everywhere.
We checked out of our hotel in Padua and headed for Milan. We stopped for lunch at the southern end of Lake Garda where we viewed the Alps and the Dolomite Mountains. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. We had lunch in the historical center of Sirmione at Modi Restaurant. We were all wondering what kind of white meat or chicken it would be this time. To our great surprise it was the most wonderful salmon trout. The restaurant was so nice and breezy sitting outside, instead of hot and stuffy like all the other places.
We kept seeing these huge gelato’s that people were carrying so we went on the hunt for the biggest ones we had ever seen. After wandering around a bit, the chorus went down by the lake and sang the Alaska Flag Song. It was so cool to see all the people gathering around and taking photos of them.
We boarded our bus and headed for Pordenone where the Anchorage Concert Chorus was going to have a concert in Duomo Concattedrale di San Marco.
We had some free time and we just sat and had a drink with friends.
The Coro ANA Fruili-Montecavallo sang too. They were fantastic and just a wonderful group of men. The choir Montecavallo consists of two dozen Alpine manly voices young and old. It is born in the spirit of the Statute of the Anas with the aim of keeping alive the traditions of mountain folklore and cante degli Alpini, veneto and Friuli. It was directed by the Foundation until January 2008 by Maestro Alessandro Pisano. In addition to regular concerts, the performances are also addressed to educational interventions in primary and secondary schools, both concert works, both with training interventions. In recent years attempts to maintain active relationships with popular songs from all regions of Italy, triggering musical growth projects with the cooperation of other choral groups.
We were all tired after our long day, even our tour guide fell asleep on the bus.
After our tour and all our other fun in Venice the Chorus sang mass at the Basillica. As we stood outside waiting to go in Jonathon had bought a guitar and started playing. The whole chorus started singing Lean On Me. People were stopping to take photos of everyone. It was really fun. The chorus got dressed in the crypt. As David leaned against a wall to put his socks on the wall was crumbling. I was not allowed to take photos in there but I did get a couple and one of the church before I found out there were no photos allowed. David thought the San Marco has to be one of the most spectacular building in the world.
The Anchorage Concert Chorus had a concert in the church of Chiesa di Ognissanti. Another beautiful church. It would have been nice if they had more people there but the ones that were totally enjoyed their concert. It sounded wonderful.
I am having a terrible time with the internet in Italy. I can’t seem to get an photos uploaded. That is why I am not posting every day.
What an honor it was for a chorus from Alaska to get to sing during mass at the Basillica. They sounded so wonderful.
I got to sit in the front pew because I was Catholic. If you weren’t you had to go sit in the chairs in the back as a visitor. I can’t believe that I have now actually received communion at St Peter’s Basillica.