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Finishing Touches

It feels good to conclude on a high note. We think we did that today as we near the conclusion of our time in Italy. Two dissimilar items, focaccia bread and pipe organ, combined to make this a great day.

Walking about this great city of Florence again, admiring the historic buildings that line its narrow streets, we stumbled upon a bakery that sold fresh focaccia, straight from the brick oven. We could not resist buying some. It tasted as good as it looked and it looked great! The creases cut on the flat dough prior to baking were filled with olive oil while the bread was warm from the oven. The edges were slightly charcoaled. The crust was thin and crisp and the interior soft. Eaten dipped in extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pepper and basil, it was a finishing touch to all the great Italian food we have eaten.

This evening we attended an excellent organ concert played in one of the old churches just off Piazza dell Repubblica, which is just down the street from our apartment. We were enchanted by the beauty of the music in the dimly lit church and the exceptional quality of the organist and the clarity of the ancient organ. Kathy was touched with the Bach pieces played since this is the great composer’s birthdate. What a fitting final touch to all the majestic art we have experienced in this city!

Yes, it feels good to conclude on a high note.


  1. Donna Pyle says:

    I can hear just how relaxed and refreshed your time in Italy has been. Breathing deeply with you and your wonderful adventures! What a perfect way to poise the ending of your Italian experience in your go farther journey. Thank you for letting us escape with you. Concluding on a high note. It’s a very good thing.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing a portion of the organ concert. I love hearing that music! so happy for you and your wonderful adventures!

  3. Nancy C McCollum says:

    I think I saw a picture of the new pope? Beautiful music!!

  4. Elaine says:

    That’s great!

  5. Linda Schaefer says:

    Yes a high note is good! So enjoy your blogs.

    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God. Eph 2:8

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