Month: April 2019

Mangia, Part 2

So much food, so little time.  Heavy sigh.  The food here is just incredible.  So simple, so fresh, and so wonderful.  And so cheap.  We’ve had meals that made us cry they were so good and we paid about a third of what we would have paid for a...

Too Much to Tell

This trip is happening faster than I can keep up with.  This will be a catch-up post – just to let you know that wonderful things are happening here. Between getting the apartment set up and visiting with friends we seem to have very little time.  Rough life, I...

How it Feels to Come Home

I’m sitting out on the terrace on a very cloudy Tuesday evening.  It rained most of the day today, but stopped late this afternoon.  The temperature is great – coolish, but no wind.  The clouds are low, masking the highest peaks of the Apennines, which I can see from...

Buona Pasqua

Today was Easter and we had quite an Italian experience.  Easter is really big here.  They start the week before with all the Holy Week celebrations.  School is out and there’s a very festive atmosphere.  And Monday is a national holiday. We went to Michelangelo and Rossella’s for Easter...

Living the Village Life

I love living in an Italian village.  It’s everything you want from a small town – people popping over unexpectedly, everyone knows everyone and notices if things aren’t right, you know every shopkeeper, no traffic, church bells – but with fringe benefits.  Tons of great restaurants, bars, a piazza...

Mangia!

I’m a little far behind on writing of our adventures at Villa Chiassolo.  That’s the name of our house.  It’s a completely made up name, but still, it’s ours.  In the interest of time and trying to prevent boredom, I’m going to do a recap of our food over...

The Olive Branch

Finally, a break in the weather.  Kind of.  The sun was shining bright this morning and it was so very good to see it.  We were almost giddy when we flung open our wooden shutters and saw the sun shining bright across the village and the Tiber Valley.  It...

A New Place

It takes a little time to get used to a new place.  You have to figure out the quirks and the little hidden surprises.  The sounds and the smells and where it’s warm and where it’s cold.  We spend most of Saturday doing this.  It was a cold, overcast...

We’re Back!

La dolce vita – we’re living it right now.  We arrived in our little village, Anghiari, Thursday evening in a steady downpour.  No matter.  We survived the long journey, with Millie, our dog. just fine.  In fact, the trip was one of the best we’ve had.  I highly recommend...