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Friday, September 19, 2014

Bella Italia... Beautiful Italy...


The beauty of Italy ia never ending... But as much as I love the archetecture of the great cities,  I have a great love for the southern countryside dotted by little villages. One of my favorite villages being Alberobello.  The Trulli homes are so unique and charming surrounded by seemingly never ending acres of olive orchards.  Matera was amazing with it's ancient history and amazing homes  and churches which were built into the caves...  Ostuni, " The White City" is lovely,   perched up on a hillside overlooking the Adriatic Sea. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paesi Belli...Beautiful Towns...


Visiting little towns in southern Italy is always a treat. The architecture never ceases to amaze. We just don't have architecture like this in Southern California . So incredible to think how old things are,  and how great they still look… Beautiful!  Mola Di Bari, Conversano Lecce...
   










Tuesday, September 2, 2014

La Vacanza... The Vacation...


Vitangelo and Angela wanted me to come and stay with them for a few days. Their home is an old farmhouse which was built in 1800 . The property is covered with decades old olive trees with amazing,  gnarled trunks.  They have converted part of this large home into a beautiful wedding and party venue. The interior being nothing short of spectacular,  with its old stone walls and Cathedral ceilings,  and all of Angela's personal touches, perfectly situated.  Work of local artists is highlighted in the interior as well as Francesca's artwork including her painted glass and various oil paintings . Many of Angela's personal mosaics are also gracing the interior of this gorgeous place. Charming little stone walls running along the paths  dotted buy olive trees are everywhere. I had been here before but it just keeps getting better it's absolutely spectacular,  and goes by the name Masseria Torrepietra in Monopoli, Bari, in the region of Puglia.








Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Prima Foto Di Vacanza.... First Vacation Photo...

The view of the Adriatic from Frances' balcony is just as beautiful as ever. I've taken  photos like this  so many tmes over the years. Waking up to this is an absolute treat!






Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pronta Per La Vacanza… Ready For My Vacation…

I'm excited…  happy…  sort of sad…  and,   ready for my trip to Italy.  Can't wait to see all the family that I haven't seen for quite a while!  A little sad that I am going without Jim and Priscilla,  and leaving family, friends,  garden,  and all of the things that I love about being home.  It will be great though!  It's kind of crazy to think that I am leaving in late summer,  but when I come home,  it will be Fall.  Can't wait!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Bellezze del Weekend… Weekend Beauty…

It was a beautiful weekend… Family,  Friends,  Dinners Al Fresco,  A Fig Tart with Local Honey and Sage,   Mixed Berry Pie,   A Ricotta Tomato Tart With Herbs,   Beautiful Flowers,  Bread and Focaccia , Mussels, etc,  etc …





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