Heavenly Music in Alsace
Sunday, March 25, 2012, Part 1
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Regent Petite France, we begin a new day of discovery.
We've been on the lookout for storks on rooftops as we drive through Alsace, and spied one or two nesting atop homes as we whizzed through towns.
I think our collective gasps as we passed this stork refuge convinced our guide to make a quick stop. The ungainly birds flew from one weeping willow to another as we watched,
and beyond stately castles topped each hill. Each place we've passed through on this tour cries out for a return visit - so much to see and enjoy in this wonder-packed country!
In the tiny village of Guebwiller is a fascinating place, Les Dominicains, an ancient Dominican monastery from the 1200's that is now a unique setting for music performances as well as education.
You know how we love cloisters - peaceful and beautiful places for rest and meditation - and this one is more inviting than ever, with abundant chaises that we can't resist....
An acoustically stellar nave (unparalleled in Europe - music has been performed here for over 150 years) soars above the ancient frescoes, and another floor has been constructed atop the nave, providing a performance space under the vaults and right beside the windows.
cutting edge cuisine we enjoyed in Barcelona.
I'm drafted to play the piano, and what a spine-tingling experience that is, as Amazing Grace resounds to the stone above! I still get goose-bumps when I recall those moments!
More music awaits us, as two talented students sing a Puccini duet - breathtaking!