Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Count's Library


We met right in front of his house, he introducing himself to me and two friends as we stood admiring the ancient facade. We all chatting for some minutes, he inquiring as to our presence in town, and upon hearing that we were in the arts, suddenly asked: "Would you like to see the house?" Of course we did. So he opened the huge doors, and we entered into a long, quiet courtyard that abuts the city wall built by Romans—the house itself being one of the earliest in Soria. 12th-century to be exact. 


The first room we encountered was one of two libraries that flank the entry, containing the count's personal library, as well as family documents that are consulted by historians. On the table? An original copy of Spain's constitution, along with a signature book containing the names of royalty. Our generous and gracious host showed us everything, full of pride and humility, and then invited us to back into the courtyard, where we sat and talked, and libation appeared out of nowhere.

6 comments:

  1. Lovely. Somehow, these sorts of things never happen to me.... ; )

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Stephilius. Well, you haven't sung in Spain yet! :-)

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  2. Seriously?! These are the encounters one hears about and dreams over......never happens to me! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Seriously! It was a great trip. The whole choir of Umbrian Serenades ended up singing for the count and his family in his living room located on the second floor.

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  3. Again Daniel, you tell a story of hospitality and a provenance of fresh relationships as earlier with the memories of your family kept in your apartment (Making It Work). In a world of hype you set tables of friendship and wonder. Thank you

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