Five Americans for dinner at Lampone, in Spoleto

(October 26, 2015)  I made friends some time ago, on a previous visit here, with two couples who were renting a vacation apartment across the piazza from my home here. As is often the case, I offered (and they accepted) my American coffeemaker, so that everyone could have a cup of coffee together in . . . → Read More: Five Americans for dinner at Lampone, in Spoleto

Baking in Spello, sharing some American favorites

(Fall, 2015) Especially when I am alone in Spello, with plenty of time in my day for cooking and baking, I often try new recipes, or bake desserts to share with my friends when I am invited to their homes for dinner. I have “introduced” to Spello a few American favorites, and also some . . . → Read More: Baking in Spello, sharing some American favorites

Spello celebrates a newly-restored 1645 Bible, in seven languages

(October 24, 2015) I had seen posters all over Spello advertising a presentation at the Palazzo Comunale, and a discussion of the restoration of one of the most important books in the community library. On that evening, the first restored volume of an twelve-volume “polyglot” Bible published in Paris in 1645, and in seven . . . → Read More: Spello celebrates a newly-restored 1645 Bible, in seven languages

Bill and Shelley head for home in North Carolina

(October 22-23, 2015) Paola is adamant that when friends leave, their last meal must be at her table—and there is no finer place to eat in Umbria. In the spring, the Trowells were here with me for a month while they signed documents, shopped for furniture, and moved into their new apartment in Palazzo . . . → Read More: Bill and Shelley head for home in North Carolina

Off to Perugia for Eurochocolate 2015

(October 19, 2015)  The annual Eurochocolate International Chocolate Exhibition, held in Perugia each year, is one of the largest exhibitions of chocolate in Europe, and draws thousands of visitors to sample the wide variety of products presented by hundreds of vendors. Bill and Shelley Trowell, Paola and Leonardo and I chose a weekday afternoon and . . . → Read More: Off to Perugia for Eurochocolate 2015

A few final days with the Trowells

(October 14, 2015) Bill and Shelley Trowell are my friends from North Carolina, now also fellow part-time residents of Spello. We met nearly 5 years ago, when I was returning from grocery shopping and walking up the hill toward my home, and heard them speaking English. I introduced myself, and became their tour guide . . . → Read More: A few final days with the Trowells

To Manarola for dinner at Billy’s

(October 11, 2015) One of the highlights (whenever possible) when I visit with Pall and Birgit, is getting another opportunity to have dinner together at Billy’s, in Manarola. Now that the Via dell’Amore has been closed for some time after a rockslide, we have to take a train to the next village north, and . . . → Read More: To Manarola for dinner at Billy’s

Art and local history disappearing in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

(October 11, 2015) Visits to Pall and Birgit in Riomaggiore are not often, but I usually find time to go there once and they come to see me in Spello, too. I am relatively familiar with the town, although all of the steep stairs and walkways have hidden alleys that I have never explored. . . . → Read More: Art and local history disappearing in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Shopping for lunch in La Spezia

(October 10, 2015)  I met Pall Forloney about 8 years ago in Riomaggiore, while enjoying a beer at a bar with a terrace overlooking the sea, with my friend, Cheryl Summers. She and I had just finished hiking between all five of the villages of the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), and were celebrating our . . . → Read More: Shopping for lunch in La Spezia

A spontaneous dinner among friends

(October 8, 2015)  Bill and Shelly Trowell, my friends from North Carolina, hosted their first guests in their new home here in Spello—Steve and Carol Wallin. When their guests were enjoying their last evening before parting, Paola and Leonardo had the idea to host a quick potluck dinner the night before, so we all . . . → Read More: A spontaneous dinner among friends