Graceful living in Italy and France...

The smell of jasmine winds its way down our 16th century cobblestone street in Umbria as I step outside to greet the day.












Friday, June 1, 2012

Down the Umbrian Rabbit Hole

Have you been wondering why I haven't been sending my newsletter lately? On one hand I want to share my Alice in Wonderland-type experiences with you (and have been keeping a rough journal of each days adventures) but on the other hand, there are simply too many sirens out there calling my name; the quaint and welcoming old town of Monteleone where my balcony neighbors on the back street smile at my garland of rosy colored flowers lit up each night as I dine with crisp white wine and some version of pasta or pollo. Later on, they nod and smile at my lack of words and yet manage to say "See here, we have some sunshine today". Very kindly, another sweet middle-aged gal accompanied me from the wee grocery past our door and wanted to know where I was from. "New York" I responded. "Oh my", I'm sure she said. Oddly, like a patchwork quilt, we can piece together what we want to say, including her upcoming journey to another town this weekend and how much progress I'm making in Italian- ha! barely...

So, please do accompany me on this new journey to create a warm, welcoming, affordable, and delightful living abroad experience for any who wish to join us in Umbria. Be patient with my BLOG learning curve! Like my Italian, hopefully you will "capire" or understand enough to appreciate!

By the way, Monteleone (the Mount of the Lion) has these doorknockers on many of the homes, as one might imagine. I learned that the lion is the symbol fo the Guelps, a Middle Age faction that favored rule by the papacy over rule by the Holy Roman Empire. The antique door knocker above carried a hefty price of $175 online. We found one in Canandaigua for only $20 (!) which I brought here to install- on my list of things to do...

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