We have now been in Italy for 2 days. I’ve had a couple of chances to look around a bit,  eaten some food, and had numerous (very small) coffees! It’s Italy, so I won’t write too much. My initial impression is worn glory, partially because things are really old, partially because things aren’t well taken care of, and often because the beauty lies in the courtyards, and piazzas!

You know, the air does have a special quality, (as cliche as it sounds) and the temperature is just perfect….

I’ve been sleeping in Nicola’s studio which is a small 2 story space (Baroni Tower it’s often called). We’ve mostly been practicing and rehearsing, but I’ve been treated to meals with Nicola’s family and tonight will eat something special with Nicola’s klezmer  band! Should be colourful.

Bologna is city of towers, including this leaning one!

Our studio. I love those open windows!

The courtyard of The Conservatory of Music

Just another sidewalk…

Off the piazza

One of the churches I popped into

Pictures are worth a 1000 words, so here are some. It’s amazing here.