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Glimpses

It’s Sunday morning and that means porchetta at the Monterchi market.  The Monterchi market is something else.  It is more flea market or bazaar than fresh foods.  They have that, too, but most of the stalls are clothes, toys, power tools, flowers, and chickens.  Live chickens clucking away in...

The Good Earth

We’re farmers.  OK, not really.  We inherited a robust garden that is populated with all manner of horticultural specimens.  We have olive trees, grape vines, figs, lavender, rosemary, artichokes, roses, sunflowers and many indeterminate species.  It’s quite wild right now with almost everything blooming, just finished blooming, or about...

La Vita e Bella

Life is beautiful.  I don’t know why it seems so much more here than in Atlanta.  Maybe because I’m almost always on vacation here.  I do some work – this morning I worked first thing before I did anything else.  Maybe because the landscape here is just so darn...

Benvenuto!

We’re back in our Tuscan home.  We arrived Tuesday and are settling in.  Our flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam was wonderful – the plane was very sparsely populated and we each got our own row to spread out in.  I got more sleep than I usually do when I’m...

It’s a Tuscan Thing

Moving through this area you are reminded of just how ancient this civilization is.  Thousands of years of groups of people coming together to make a place to live.  Improvement upon improvement – and it’s all still there.  This amazes me as an American because we’re such a young...

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...