A few years ago, my colleague Laura Garrison formed a club for WXXI listeners who are passionate about travel. She and former morning host Simon Pontin led a trip to Austria in 2008. Last year, a small group went to Costa Rica with WRURâ€™s Scott Regan. When Laura asked me to co-host a trip to northern Italy in 2011, I was thrilled.
If youâ€™re lucky to spend time in Boston when the weatherâ€™s nice, walk across the Arthur Fiedler Memorial Bridge and trace deeply-carved composersâ€™ names on the band shell where the Boston Pops plays in the summer along the banks of the Charles River. Spend half the time getting lost in opulent Beacon Hill. Follow the Black Heritage Trail. Itâ€™s all good.
In June, BBCâ€™s Radio 3 polled listeners on their favorite aria. If youâ€™re into opera, you might guess Pucciniâ€™s â€śNessun Dormaâ€ť or "Un bel diâ€ť soared to the top of the list, or maybe â€śLa donna e mobileâ€ť from Verdiâ€™s Rigoletto. But the winner surprised everyone; it was a three-century old song from a relatively obscure opera by Henry Purcell. Officially, Englandâ€™s most