17 May 2018

Our time in Italy (continued)

Three of Mr P's sisters, a brother-in-law and several old friends are long standing members of the local abbey church choir.  They sing before, during and after the Sunday Mass and during other occasions such as weddings, funerals and concerts. The acoustics in the abbey are very good and it's a joy to listen to the singing accompanied by organ music.  



The abbey schola cantorum is well known throughout the region and is often invited to sing elsewhere.  Whilst we were in Italy a coach trip had been arranged to take the group and their families on an outing to the town of Pompeii. The choir was going to sing at the Sunday Mass in the main church there and we were able to go with them.  Despite an early start with the coach leaving the car park outside the abbey at 7 a.m. it was a chance to go out for the day with family and friends to another region.  The Naples coast is about two hours away on the motorway from our village. We've been there many times before to visit the Roman excavations, walk up to the volcanic crater on Mount Vesuvius and spend holidays in Sorrento.  



It was a hot day and we were glad to be under a sun umbrella as we enjoyed fruit juices. Later we sat in the shade of the trees near the fountains in the piazza.





  





After the service our group went and had lunch in a nearby restaurant, walked a short way along the main street of the town and did 'the touristy thing'. Some of the family met up again near the entrance to the Roman excavation site, sat under sun umbrellas at a refreshment stall, chatted and enjoyed more refreshing drinks until it was time to leave Pompeii - more about that and the interior of the church next time.
Meanwhile, have a lovely day, 
Linda :)

16 comments:

  1. Looks like a very nice church, I never visited the town of Pompeii though I did go to the ruins twice and have stayed in Salerno and Naples

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    1. When we've visited Pompeii before by car we've gone straight to the nearest main entrance to the Roman site so it was useful to be taken by coach a little further into the modern town.

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  2. Went to Pompeii many years ago and loved it. Looks like you had a great trip.

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    1. It was a good day out and it was a break from our usual routine as we spend most of the time in the village area.

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  3. Lovely to see you sitting in the Italian sun and looking so well too.
    Like Janet and Bill I have also been to Pompeii many years ago, and loved it. I think that it was my first introduction to view wonderful archeological ruins. I would like to return some time but I suspect that it would be much more crowded now.

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    1. We had a full day with the group visiting the church, sitting in the sunshine or in the restaurant having a leisurely lunch so we didn't go into the Roman ruins this time. We've visited quite a few times over the years and it's not so many years since we took our two grandchildren with us to visit the site. It wasn't too crowded that time in June. We only saw a small area around the main Forum, but the children loved going there. A sister-in-law has never visited and has suggested we go again together another time when we're in Italy.

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful trip, creating lots of treasured memories.

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    1. It was a good opportunity to do something meaningful with family and friends that day.

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  5. Wonderful photos! Sounds like a perfect day!

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    1. It was a very enjoyable day out with plenty of time to be with a lovely group of people and not too much walking around which can be tiring when it's hot.

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  6. What a great trip. I really enjoyed your photos and look forward to the next instalment. 😊

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  7. Thank you CK. My PC is very slow at the moment. Hopefully I'll be back soon with the next instalment!

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  8. You really did have the most lovely day and it was one that I would have enjoyed too. I can almost hear those beautiful voices in that gorgeous Church. And the weather and the fruit juice and family nothing could be better. Happy you got to go

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    1. We didn't know about the outing until we got to Italy so it was timely that we were there. We appreciated the opportunity to join the group.

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  9. What a lovely trip!

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Thank you for your kind comment which is much appreciated. Have a lovely day.