The place we are staying at is a fantastic B & B outside of Rome, right near Palestrina, of all places! (You musicians should remember that name!) It is called Anne"s place (replacing apostrophe with quote mark, sorry). I think this is the web address for it if you are curious: www.byanne.com Anyway, it is incredibly beautiful here, just like all the pictures, you know?
Anyway, after our short snooze this afternoon, we were driven into Palestrina, and walked all through. When I studied Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina in music history last October (or whenever it was now...) I would never have guessed that I would be wandering through the streets of his hometown or walking past the house where he was born! And goodness, he was born in what, 1525? Amazing. Lots of neat things, actually. Cobble stone streets, and beautiful ruins, so lovely! There is a wonderful museum up at the top (the town is sort of built in terraces), which used to be this fabulous palace/temple thing. Really neat. All sorts of frescos and sculptures and other random ancient items that are fabulous. So glad we went in there. I found it kind of sad, you know, there was absolutely no one else in that museum! I have pictures of the outside, but you were not allowed to take pictures inside.
So we walked all down through, saw the cathedral where Perluigi himself "did his stuff" so to speak. Oh, Susan, after studying all this with you, I hope you see this post. I find it so incredibly amazing! I will never forget a thing about this man again! If only I could go to the hometown of ALL the composers I study!!! I mean, I am IN Palestrina!!!!! Craaaazy!
So tomorrow we are going to Pompei, so that should be extremely interesting, and I will be sure to take lots of pictures and post them tomorrow night. I am not doing too badly with posting, am I? I know I am missing something in this post, but I can not imagine what, so I will leave you with an armload of pictures, and hopefully this will post successfully!
Like I always say, if you read this, please comment, and do check the last post if you have not already.
An extraordinarily tired Sheila on the airplane. "Will you just take the silly picture so I can put my earphones in again?"
Many, many hugs!!!