Monday, July 18, 2005

Getting Ready for Paris! 7.18.05

Just wanted to let you all know that on Wednesday, July 20th, we will leave Perugia for 10 days in Paris! We are very excited about seeing our friends from Phoenix and the beautiful city of Parigi (as the Italians call it). We aren't sure if we will have the opportunity to write in the blog while we are gone so we wanted to be sure to let you know what we were up to. Today and tomorrow we will be doing laundry and packing and trying to rest up so we will be ready for our little jaunt in France.

Last night we said farewell to Umbria Jazz and this morning watched them dismantle the stage in Piazza IV Novembre. It was a lot of fun this past week wandering around and listening to different jazz musicians. The city was quite alive with music lovers, both local and foreign. The music ranged from the old classics like Tony Bennett, Oscar Peterson and Al Jarreau, fun stuff done by a wonderful swing band, performing the old Italian songs from the 40s like those from the "Mob Hits" album, like Volare, That's Amore, Carina, Angelina, Mombo Italiano, some really fine jazz ensembles, to some of the younger, hipper groups like one we saw last night called "Relax" - a sort of combination rap/jazz/swing/salsa that had quite a unique and different sound. I'm sure the music lasted until well into the wee hours of the morning when we were long asleep in our bed, with the melodies still dancing in our heads.

So now, let me say arrivederci. I don't expect to do any more writing before we leave so I will just say ciao and hope you will check back again to hear about our adventures in Paris!

RoseMarie & RoBert

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