<< -- 2 -- Jennifer Paull REMINISCENT RETROSPECTIVES
The route which led to Italy followed the river through the Rhône
Valley, where I now live. Bordered on either side by majestic Alps, the
plane leads to the pass over which lie the Val d'Aoste and Italy. Ever since
Roman times until the days of modern transportation, this route had been
the only possible means of access from the west. The Roman road is still
visible today, as are villa ruins and a newly restored amphitheatre. I took
part in a performance of Nicolas de Flüe by Arthur Honegger
with which it was brought back to life after sixteen centuries of inactivity.
Wild cherry trees had been growing in the arena! Cleared and repaired, the
acoustics and the setting are still amazing.
The Church in my mediaeval Swiss (non-Euro) village has stained glass
windows in the Choir dating from 1488. They show purposeful scholars advancing
along the valley on horseback. When they were erected, this part of Canton
Valais belonged to France. Borders have changed, currency has modified,
but the quest for learning, culture and art, has always reduced our planet
to a relatively small world for the few who study each speciality.
What provisions did one take when setting out upon such an adventure
? How simple it would have been to load a leather saddle bag full of Euros.
The planning of a trip through many lands must have prevented all but the
The wonderful thing is that scholars, musicians and merchants did risk
everything. They risked their lives to soak in and absorb the diversity
of other cultures and peoples, exporting their own at the same time.
Copyright © 11 January 2002
Jennifer Paull, Vouvry, Switzerland
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