What a day……
Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
11Trip End Jun 22, 2012
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The Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter's Basilica were incredible sights to see today. We are all in awe of such magnificent sights.
I think for me the Sistine Chapel was the biggest highlight. I wasn't expecting it to be so big! It was overwhelming when you first entered the room - I had to look closely at each "section" to absorb the beauty and detail of this incredible masterpiece. It really is as great and wonderful as people talk about. The students and I were in awe of this rich, cultural experience today!
The students had lunch and a bit of free time by the Spanish Steps and then we were off to our final concert
The concert tonight was in the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Castello, Tarquinia. The church was built in the 1100"s. It wasn't as ornate as the church last night of course, but just as incredible in a completely different way. you can only imagine what this church has been through throughout the years - if only walls could talk…….
The students plead brilliantly tonight. I reminded them before we started that this was the last concert, not just for my graduating seniors - Rod, Daniel, Nicole and Brenda, but the last night we would play together as a touring orchestra.
The students took that to heart and played with musicality and emotion. The all had excellent "eyes" and showmanship. They exceeded my expectation tonight - it was beautiful. We got a standing ovation, played an encore and meet with the local people from the town. We all felt like rock starts - everyone was charming. The Vivaldi Summer was the best tonight and how appropriate as our summer vacation will officially start once we land in Salt Lake City
All four concerts were held in very different venues and were the highlight of the overall trip. I couldn't be prouder!
Thank you again for "lending" me your children this year. It has been a work in progress since November and I can't believe that it's almost over! I have loved every minute working with your children, but most importantly bonding with them and getting to know them better…….and boy do I know them better after these past 12/13 days! :)
I am very proud of the work that has taken place and how much each of my student has grown both musically and maturity wise. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with them! Thank you for the opportunity. I love each and every one of them!
We will say good-bye tomorrow to Ho and Lucy as they go back to Korea for the summer
Alyssa and her family are off to Spain.
Daniel will meet up with his family in Paris.
Boo will go on to Prague and Rod will go off to Norway to join the Waterford Outdoor trip.
Our flight leaves on Air France (#2305) at 7:20 a.m. and gets into Paris at 9:30 a.m. We leave Paris on Delta (#88) at 11:00 a.m. and get into Salt Lake City at 2:10 p.m. I think in the International Terminal.
It has been an incredibly journey…………
Thank you -
Kathy and Craig