Day 4 of my Italian adventure

June 19, 2013 — 51 Comments


Tuesday 18th,   we left the villa at 6pm and travelled into Mercatale and performed for a large crowd on the Piazza around 9:15pm, this is a change of pace for me because I’m normally an early bird and everything happens so late out here.  Singing on uneven cobbles was a challenge 🙂

mercateleseatedWe received bravis (loud and raucous applause).  One lucky elderly lady loved every second as she was serenaded by Jonathan Kennedy as she watched from her balcony, which created a fabulous atmosphere.  Everyone was up for a party when we got back to the villa, like I said this is a complete change of pace for me.

Wednesday 19th,   is a rest day, we are planning a five course pasta meal later.  I’m going to get a bit of sun but I’m so pale I have to be really careful, factor 50 lotion.  Time to learn some new lyrics for summer shows, I’ve decided I’m not very good at resting.

Tonight’s Menu:

Melon, Parma ham, and salami,
Hot baguette toasted with peppered mince and tomato puree
A mysterious pate (possibly mushroom)
Cheese and potato ravioli and basil with an olive oil dressing.
Spinach and ricotta cannelloni
Flavoured lasagne type pasta

Plenty of vegetables to keep my parents happy  🙂

During the performance in the Piazza


The group relaxing just after we arrived in the town 🙂


51 responses to Day 4 of my Italian adventure


    I am enjoying the Italian adventure through your eyes. I hope to go to Italy one day. It is on my bucket list.


    Beautiful pictures.


    LOVE reading about your grand adventure! Thanks for sharing…


    I’m so jealous, I’ve never been to Italy…enjoy your travels!


      Hi Diane, it is a wonderful place to visit and to just kick back and relax. I hope that you get a chance to visit Italy and sample the lifestyle for yourself.

      Best wishes


    Enjoy the trip. I enjoyed your rendition of Britten’s “O Waly Waly”, by the way.

    Best wishes, John


    You look lovely, and yes, in Italy life is lived a bit more with gusto than in the UK (or in Australia) That country sings!


      Hi Gerard, there certainly seems to be a great sense of community late into the evening. Back home most people are tucked up in their own homes by 10:00 pm, but maybe the weather has a part to play in that 🙂

      Buonasera from Italy


    Hi Charlotte, Thank you for following our blog. We now follow you also, and we feel very fortunate to be doing so. You have a wonderful voice. Enjoy Italia!


      Hi there, thanks for dropping by and visiting with me. I am sat here busy doing nothing at the moment and it still feels like I should be doing something 🙂 I enjoyed reading through your site I bet the musicians have a great time at the events they perform at. I must try and see if I could get involved with a similar group over here in the UK. I am still very new at this and need to find ways to search out performance opportunities so that I can constantly improve my technique and repertoire.

      Arrivederci from Italy and I hope you visit with me again soon


    Oh, the meal plans are just tempting! Lovely reading about you people, and who is the woman in white, whose photo is on the right-hand-side of the post? It is beautiful! 🙂


      LOL That was me, didn’t you catch sight of my crutch hiding on the floor behind the bush. I couldn’t get around that easily on the large cobbles so I was glad of the seat 🙂

      The food is lovely but sometimes I just dream about a home cooked Sunday dinner 🙂

      Best wishes and arrivederci for now


        Oh, haha! It’s a lovely picture! Feel better soon! Keep posting!



        I’ve tried walking a little more with my boot off last night, but it swells up still if I do too much. I wish I was back to full fitness because I’m getting tired of it now! 🙁 I’ve been doing the exercises with my foot that a Physio gave me when I broke my foot. Fingers crossed it works soon.

        Best wishes


    Looks like a marvelous time. Enjoy every minute-and mouthful!


      Hi Ruth, we are all having a great time out here. Great weather, lovely food, wonderful friends and concerts to perform in 🙂

      What more could I ask for, hope to see you back here again soon.


    Such beautiful shots. Enjoy every moment of your adventure.


    how cool is that. I LOVE your white gown, you look gorgeous. watch that sun though…


      Thanks Geraldine, I love shopping for bargains with my Mum and we got this dress from the Designer Outlet Village, near Chester 🙂 I always wear factor 50 I have the sort of skin that burns easily. Hope you visit again soon.

      Best wishes


    What great fun! I’m happy for you that you’re living such a great adventure. Your blog posts are always great, bright lights of cheer!


    Wonderful photos. It sounds like a great trip. Thanks for the follow by the way. I look forward to reading more of your adventure!


      Hi Joseph, thanks for visiting. I am glad you enjoyed the pictures, arrivederci from Italy and I hope you get time to come back and see the finale.

      Best wishes


    Thank you very much for having visited
    The ‘bel paese’ can indeed be quite beautiful at times
    Buona lettura, always

    – Alexander Booth


      Hello Alexander, it truly is a beautiful Country. I wish I had more time and resources to explore it further. I would love to be fluent in Italian and admire your translation skills. I sing well-rehearsed Italian so that people watching expect me to be fluent and sadly I’m not 🙁

      Arrivederci a presto


    Wow looks like your having a great time on this trip, can’t wait to travel to Italy.

    I just noticed you recently subscribed to my old blog that I no longer use, please subscribe to my NEW website by signing up with your email here to stay updated.


      Hi Charmaine, thanks for referring me to your new site, I’ll check it out next week when I get back home. Thanks for stopping by, come back soon.

      Best wishes


    Lovely photos!


    I like your photos and Thank you for following my blog, your visits and likes. Hope you enjoy 🙂


    Gorgeous pictures !!!


    I am suffering from acute envy. I would like nothing more than to be listening to you all singing out there.


      Hi Hilary, I hope that one day, I’m performing close enough that you can come to see me sing outside and that it is on a beautiful sunny day 🙂

      Best wishes


    No post for day 3.. Your adventures are sure great.. I enjoy reading them.. ^^


    That first photo of yours reminds me of Van Gogh’s Café Terrace on the Place du Forum.

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