God sometimes gives us unexpected gifts. Our gift has been a grandson who enlivens our lives and makes retirement very different than the one we anticipated. He is a special joy. And that's "Casey." In 2006 we fulfilled our dream of living in Italy for a year. It was every bit as wonderful as anticipated. This blog begins in 2005 as we prepared for that experience. Since then we have explored many places together. That's the "Travel." And finally, I am a person of opinions--spiritually, politically, on just about anything and that's the "Other Stuff." Welcome to my blog.

Friday, August 11, 2006

A Picture is Worth............

So much to tell but I promised pictures so these are they....
(you can click on pictures to make larger)

Entrance to Our Front Door

Back Entrance--Flowers in Front of Doorway

Looking in from Front Door Toward Fireplace

Dining/Sitting Area Down Stairs


Stairs to Loft Area

Casey's Room

View Out Casey's Window

Our Bedroom

Stairs to Loft

Sitting/TV Room in Loft

Casey's Play Area in Loft

View up to Loft

Downstairs Storage Area

Upstairs Storage Area

Now you have an idea of where and how we live. The two storage areas are huge and unusual for an Italian apartment. We are very fortunate to have these. So--we are very content. There are exquisite views from every window--I particularly like the one in the kitchen that I become lost in as I work.

This morning we went to the Saturday morning market in the piazza. Market days are fun--each village has a day each week when the traveling vendors set up their wares in the local piazza. People come for fresh vegetables, clothes, house wares, fish, meat, cleaning supplies and a myriad of other commodities. Next time I'll take pictures so you can share in the experience.

Ciao for now.


Diana Baur said...

Jane, you guys have ARRIVED!!! Your apartment looks just great, and it sounds like you are surrounded by nice people....enjoy your days, Jane!! You have waited so long for this. Much love from Bella Piemonte....


gentle spirit said...

What a wonderful apartment. I especially loved the view from Casey's window from the bunkbed:)Just imagine the memories he will carry with him from this experience. Look for the man selling roast chicken and potatoes at market. They are a great "fast food" on days you can't call for pizza delivery!Enjoy. Your home looks like your stay will be a pleasant one.

Esther said...

Aunt Jane...The pictures are great! The views from your windows are fabulous! I hope y'all are getting settled in and have a wonderful time while you're there! I am enjoying reading about your travels and seeing your pictures. Love to you, Uncle Ken and Casey too!

Esther said...

Aunt Jane.......I think your pictures are great. The views from your windows are fabulous!! I am anxious to read more and see more of your time there in Italy. Seems as though y'all are getting settled in! Lots of love to you, Uncle Ken and Casey. ~~~Tootsie

Deborah Horn said...

Hi Jane, Ken, & Casey! Glad you are settled in to your new home. The pics are wonderful and Casey, you look like you are having a blast.

Brian & Anna said...

Hi Ken, Jane, and Casey! Saw your stories and it looks REALLY beautiful there. Anna and I are looking forward to more entries. We've gotten together with Jeff a couple of times for dinner - he cooks a great stuffed pork chop. Have you tried the Slingbox yet? It should be working just fine. Best wishes...