Time to pack up and head home from Spello

It was a wonderful surprise to get the opportunity to recover from my Achilles tendon surgery in Spello, since I could not drive, I was still wearing a boot cast, and I was going to be home alone with my husband gone on business for several weeks. He had booked tickets for me to . . . → Read More: Time to pack up and head home from Spello

The “discount antiques market,” Pissignano

Each month I plan for a trip to the Arezzo Antiques Fair, and then hope that Paola and Leonardo are going to Pissignano, always the very next day (the first Sunday of the month), and will invite me to go along with them. There, along with a small market of foods and produce, there . . . → Read More: The “discount antiques market,” Pissignano

Another field trip to the Arezzo Antiques Fair

One of my very favorite destinations when I’m here is the monthly antiques market in Arezzo, with nearly 500 vendors arriving for the first Sunday and the preceding Saturday, each month. I mark my calendar and try to save the dates, usually choosing Saturday, and leaving Sunday for the Pissignano market (almost “garage sale”) . . . → Read More: Another field trip to the Arezzo Antiques Fair

A “passeggiata” in Assisi with Paola and Leonardo

Paola is the world’s most dedicated walker, and passes up no opportunity in good weather to get outside and walk. This one particular day, after a long day of preparing lunch for her extended family, and cleaning the house and the B&B rooms, the daylight was going quickly. She and Leonardo often go to . . . → Read More: A “passeggiata” in Assisi with Paola and Leonardo

November arrives, and I prepare to leave for home

It was a sudden decision by my husband to send me to Spello, with me stuck in a boot cast after surgery, and limited in the time I could be on my feet. In Sacramento, I could not drive myself anywhere, and I was driving my friends crazy with needing rides, or things from . . . → Read More: November arrives, and I prepare to leave for home

“One hundred tastes of the Apennines,” in Anghiari

"The Hundred Flavors of the Apennine Region"–One of the many event signs leading us to the next venue for tasting

Pat Hanna, my friend from Santa Brigida in the mountains above Florence, was free to come to Spello for a visit, and we immediately decided to head for a field trip to . . . → Read More: “One hundred tastes of the Apennines,” in Anghiari

Just “a day in the life” in Spello . . . and Anne and Alain

Condiments, fruit, photos–always on my table

Nothing special here—just an attempt to show a bit of normal life in Spello for me.

First, here’s a view of the constant “still life” (here, “natura morta”—dead nature?) on my kitchen table.  On top of my spot-proof tablecloth carried from Bed, Bath and Beyond, bits of . . . → Read More: Just “a day in the life” in Spello . . . and Anne and Alain

One last spin to Spoleto before returning our rental car

On our final day with the AVIS car, it was pouring. We had seen the places we’d had on our list when we set out, but we needed to be on time to get the car back to the office in Foligno, and so could not go far. We decided upon Spoleto, about 30 . . . → Read More: One last spin to Spoleto before returning our rental car

Renewing a friendship at Saio Winery in Assisi

When Pall took me as his guest and credentialed “personal photographer” to VinItaly in April, 2011, we visited the pavilion of Umbrian winemakers more than once, seeing and speaking with Mark Stafford, the British “Umbria Wine Tours” guide each time, and sampling a few more wines from productions near Spello, from the region of . . . → Read More: Renewing a friendship at Saio Winery in Assisi

The beautiful countryside of Montefalco in the fall

We took the smallest, most remote and most curved roads through the countryside, taking our time to see the landscapes and stop for an occasional photo. Some of the fields had been harvested (probably sunflowers, in this area) and plowed for the next crop, but the many vineyards covering the hills were turning to . . . → Read More: The beautiful countryside of Montefalco in the fall