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Assisi – and “….. a channel of Peace”

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There is a saying ‘… that no journey to Italy would be complete without a visit to the renowned town of Assisi, the home of St. Francis of Assisi in the province of Perugia in the Umbria region’– and we agree !

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Having visited this place once before, Jo and I decided to take our younger daughter Andrea to Assisi as part of her “….come and see part of Europe before entering College” trip; in preparation of her studies to become an architect.

As always we stayed for a month in our rented flat in Florence, a perfect base for taking a number of enjoyable day trips to various places in the region, like Lucca, Sienna, Pisa, Fieselo,…….

Whilst visiting the Basilica we came across a number of musical recordings on CD by Friar Alessandro (“The voice of Assisi” as he is known).

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A man so very talented and gifted with the most incredible powerful tenor voice.

Please listen to just these two videos with titles so befitting for todays troubled world we live in.

“Make me a channel of your peace”

And ‘Amazing Grace” from his album “Voice of Peace”.

After I had just finish writing this piece the electricity went off – again!!!! Which gave me a good excuse to have a hopefully short brake.

I later switched on the TV – Deutsche Welle to keep up to date with my old ‘home country’ and to my tremendous surprise I heard the voice of Friar Alessandro singing Haendels “Ave Maria” in Assisi. Sadly I only caught this program “The Saint and the Pope” (the Mexican tenor Rolando Vallazon investigates Francis) at the very end, but …… talk of coincidences!!!

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As always I wish you, my friends, a peaceful Advent.

Carina

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Assisi ….and “A channel of Peace”

Da gibt es einen Spruch der sagt: “….keine Reise nach Italien ist komplett ohne die bekannte Stadt von Assisi zu besuchen, die Geburtstadt von St. Francis von Assisi, in der Provinz Perugia in der Region von Umbria – und wir stimmen dem zu!

Wir hatten diesen Ort schon einmal besucht aber Jo und ich entschlossen uns unsere juengere Tochter Andrea nach Assisi zu nehmen als “…komm’ und sehe Europa bevor Du aufs College gehst um Architektur zu studieren” trip.

Wir wohnten fuer einen ganzen Monat wie ueblich in unserem gemieteten Appartment in Florenz, eine perfekte Basis fuer unsere taeglichen Ausfluege in die Umgebung wie z.B. Lucca, Sienna, Pisa, Fiesolo …..

Waehrend unseres Besuchs der Basilika fanden wir eine Reihe von musikalischen Aufnahmen auf CD’s von Friar Alessandro ( “die Stimme von Assisi” als er genannt wird)

Er ist ein Mann mit einem unwahrscheinlichen Talent und einer Gottesgabe – sein kraftvoller Tenor.

Bitte hoert Euch heute nur diese zwei kurze video’s an deren Titel so passend sind fuer die heutige beaengstige Zeit in der wir leben.

Nachdem ich gerade diesen Beitrag hier fertig hatte, ging unsere Electricitaet mal wieder weg, fuer mich eine gute Entschuldigung schnell eine kurze Pause einzulegen.

Und als ich spaeterden Fernseher einschaltete – Deutsche Welle, um auf dem laufenden zu bleiben, was aus meiner alten Heimat kommt, hoerte ich zu meiner grossen Ueberraschung die Stimme von Friar Alessandro, der Haendels “Ave Maria” in Assisi sang. Leider hatte ich dieses Program ziemlich am Ende erwischt; “Der Heilige und der Pabst” (der mexikanische Tenor Rolando Villazon untersucht Francis )…… sprecht mal von Zufall !!!

Und wie immer, liebe Freunde, wuensche ich Euch einen schoenen friedlichen Advent.

Carina

Milano – and a Christmas Concert with José Carreras

The first time I visited Milan, the metropolis in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, was when I was in my early 20th – for a photoshoot for AGFA ! Followed by an invitation to join some friends I had met there for Christmas that year. Of course I went, I always loved to see “how the other side lived (i.e. celebrated) “. This was also the first time I sampled their famous traditional Christmas cake Panettone

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Panettone, traditional Christmas cake.

When I left Milan I carried with me, for an ‘Italian Dinner Party’ back home, an additional suitcase filled with all the ‘goodies’ I was introduced to, which I purchased in that gourmet haven called Peck in Via Spadari . But more about this in another blog.

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But, not only was I introduced to Peck and the cuisine of Milano but even more importantly to the world-famous opera house La Scala

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where I saw (also for the first time) Le Nozze di Figaro
Over the following years we were fortunate enough to see many famous opera houses and concert halls, but sadly we were never able to see José Carreras on stage – timing was always wrong.

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Carreras in Andrea Chénier, La Scala, 1985 (Wikipedia)

Above Christmas Concert 2000 Milano (with Orchestra Sinfonica Dell’ Emilia Romagna “Arturo Toscanini”) took place at the Basilica Di S. Ambrogio

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(Pic. Source: milanofree.it)

For that reason I have chosen him today as my Milan video – hoping very much he will give you as much pleasure as he constantly gives us.

Carina
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Das erste mal als ich nach Mailand , in die Metropole in Italiens noerdlicher Region von Lombardy, kam war ich ungefaehr mitte zwanzig – fuer Photoaufnahmen fuer AGFA. Dem folgte eine Weihnachts Einladung von einigen Freunden die ich dort kennengelernt hatte. Natuerlich flog ich rueber, ich mochte es immer sehr zu sehen wie andere lebten und feierten. Dies war auch das erste mal, dass ich den beruehmten traditionellen Weihnachtskuchen ‘Panettone’ probierte.

Als ich Mailand verliess trug ich einen zusaetzlichen Koffer, fuer eine ‘Italienische Dinner Party’ die ich dann zuhause gab, mit all’ den leckeren Schleckereien die ich hier kennen gelernt hatte. Alles kaufte ich in dem Gourmet Himmel PECK in Via Spadari. Aber mehr ueber dies in einem anderen Blog.
Aber ich wurde nicht nur mit Peck und deren Koestlichkeiten bekannt gemacht aber viel wichtiger mit dem weltberuehmten Opernhaus La Scala, wo ich (ebenfalls zum ersten mal) Le Nozze di Figaro/Die Hochzeit des Figaro erlebte.

In den folgenden Jahren hatten wir das Glueck viele beruehmte Opernhaeuser und Konzerthallen zu besuchen, aber leider konnten wir nie Jose Carreras auf der Buehne erleben – irgendwie hatte es nie geklappt.

Und das ist der Grund warum ich ihn heute als mein Mailand video gewaehlt habe – und hoffentlich wird er Euch auch so viel Freude bereiten wie uns immer.
(Dies ist meine eigene “freie” Uebersetzung).

Happy Easter …..

…. From Bangkok, to all my blogging friends wherever you are in the world.
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Paschal Lamb . as seen in Florence/Italy
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The blessed palm leaf (from the Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok)
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White stone egg from Burma (can you make out the carved details on it?)
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White KPM Rabbit with Quails eggs in our house
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China Easter eggs on display in Florence/Italy
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Easter bunny in our house – what a load to carry

Carina

(© Photos: Carina-Joseph Sebastine/Manningtree Archive)

A PRAYER…..

A few weeks ago was my birthday. No party this time because of my accident. Taking the opportunity of having to stay in bed (and feeling already restless and at times pretty bored) I started to rummage through some old boxes of papers and some books. In one I found a card which had this Prayer printed on it – but no idea where it came from nor does it have any indication who wrote this. But I thought it somehow had the wrong title and it should be called “A Prayer for those growing older!” I think it applies to more or less all ages – even our own girls, now in their early twenty’s thought so. What do you think – please let me know.

A  PRAYER  FOR  THOSE  GROWING  OLD

Lord, Thou knowest I am growing older.

Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject.

Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs.

Keep me from the recital of endless detail. Give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains.

They are increasing with the years and my love to speak of them grows sweeter as time goes by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Make me thoughtful but not nosey; helpful but not bossy.

With my vast store of wisdom and experience it does seem a pity not to use it all.

But Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Amen

Pad-Cloi

Photograph: MANNINGTREE ARCHIVE: Courtyard inside Cloister of the Basilica di San Antonio in Padua/Italy