A Few of my Favourite Things

Today I plan to make my way to Pescara. It’s not an arduous journey but because I travel there at least three times a week I usually need a good reason to go there again on a Saturday.

Finding that reason isn’t too difficult, sometimes I want/need a Globo fix, sometimes I crave a wonderful lunch in Regina on Via G. Mazzini, sometimes I just want to see the sea.

Today is different.

Today it’s the draw of music that’s pulling me in  to the relative hustle and bustle of Pescara. The Sabato in Concerto Jazz series in the Maison des Arts on Corso Umberto is on again tonight at 18:00 and there’s a new album to look forward to. The quartet of Stefano Cantini, Francesco Maccianti, Gabriele Evangelista and Piero Borri are presenting their new work Writing for Trane. Now I’m not a PI but with an album called Writing for Trane and a concert tagline of Living Coltrane I’m expecting perhaps, maybe a little influence from the late great John Coltrane.

That’s reason enough for me to travel for an hour, go to a concert for approximately an hour (it’s short but it’s free!) and then travel home taking another hour. I’m dedicated!

I’m expecting a variation of this…

I’ll know more later.

If the timing was different I might be tempted to stay at Serendipity, my favourite B&B in Pescara.

Serendipity is in a perfect location on Piazza Muzzi, just 10 minutes walk from the bus/train station, 5 minutes from the beach and close to many good restaurants and bars. I’ve stayed there twice and each time I loved it. The rooms (I’ve stayed in both) are tastefully decorated and spotless. Renato is the perfect host who’ll go out of his way to ensure his guests are comfortable. If you ever need to stay in Pescara I’d recommend staying there without hesitation.

I’ve a plan to stay there again in July when the Pescara Jazz Festival is on. Last year I was envious of friends who were at the Burt Bacharach concert. I was back in Ireland and missed the entire festival. That won’t happen this year.

If I did stay in Serendipity I’d probably eat close by in Dei Pani e Dei Pesci, a modern, informal seafood restaurant that delivered great food when I was there recently. I know it’s hard to beat Regina on Via G. Mazzini but isn’t it great to have options.

But tonight I can’t stay and I’m not upset. I’m meeting friends locally and I’m looking forward to eating and chatting with them after the concert. I expect the melodies and syncopations  of the concert will continue to bubble through my brain as the buzz in the local restaurant gradually increases.


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