Friday, 22 June 2012

Thursday - June 21st - Val Pusteria

Today was our first performance day!
After another delicious breakfast we boarded our buses for transfer to Plan de Corones mountain where we travelled by gondola to the summit at 2275 meters! While many enjoyed the breathtaking view of the ride..........others.......NOT SO MUCH!

At the summit the Festa de Benvenuto (welcome party) took place, where we performed Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor! Everyone understood every word (do you believe that???) and the applause was thunderous! This took place on a stage beneath the second largest Bell in Italy - the bell is named Campana Della Concordia. The view was spectacular - we can only imagine what skiing here would be like!

Following the welcome party we descended and drove to the medieval town of Brunico, where we saw the influence of both the Austrian and Italian cultures. Unfortunately, shops here close for a siesta from noon to 3:00, so we couldn't spend our precious Euros.......try as we may.

Again back to our beautiful villa for a couple of hours of downtime - a chance to rest , swim, hike, sip wine (Pinot Grigio is the speciality of this region) or get to know one another......

Another 5 course meal - and back to the performing where we were one of 4 choirs - the others included two Italian choirs and one from Israel. We sang 6 pieces from our repertoire and were received enthusiastically; people were energized by our performance!

Back to the hotel at midnight where some sipped wine on the patio and we were all treated by a natural water and light show.......thunder and lightening with rain like we have never before seen - wow!

Sleep is welcomed.......tomorrow we start early again with another performance day. We'll chat/blog again soon.......


  1. I was so excited to hear about your journey so far.Valerie must be proud of you and you of her as well.Bring on the red and white ladies my Heart is with you,sing loud and proud i love you all very much.


  2. This all sounds very exciting. You're so lucky to get the chance to perform in what sounds to be such beautiful locales. I'd love to hear about the food too! I bet it's scrumptious!

    Glad you're all having a good time. And I hope my mother is behaving. :)

    Mark Dymond