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, July 13, 2007

A New Love

Dear Toscana,

I have loved you but perhaps the time has come to move on. Piemonte, maybe I am yours!

We have just returned from three too short days in the hills and countryside of Piemonte--a land where snow covered Alps serve as backdrop to vibrant vineyards and rich green fields, where sun flowers nod and wave at the passerby. It is truly a land of unspoiled beauty--when away from Milano, Genova and the autostrada. We were awed by what we saw.

Unfortunately, my camera battery died dead, really dead--and so I have no pictures of the countryside. However, a quick web search brought up hundreds of beautiful shots--far better than my little camera could capture. Pictures of Piemonte. I want to go back for weeks.

We stayed at the Baur B&B (where I was able to get some photos before the dead camera) created by friends of ours--Diana and Mischa, who left high stakes international corporate existence to settle into the role of innkeepers. Together they have created a beautiful new life that tells of risk taking and following a dream.

The word created is perfect because that is what they have done--created a place of beauty, fantasy and serenity, encapsulating a sense of joy. Diana is a potter and an artist. She has used quietly vibrant colors to turn the walls, inside and out, into art. Splashes of flowers cover century old wooden barn doors. Breakfast (more accurately called a feast) is served on her own pottery designs.

Misha has learned how to use powerful equipment to do such things as cut down 300 trees to open a view that encompasses Liguria and far away mountains. All that happens there is a partnership.

And--there is a third member of the family--Max. Max is the dog you want to take home with you even though he is large. Like his owners, he adds ambience and affection.

One night, a couple from Norway who were also guests prepared a wonderful dinner for all of us. She is a chef and so the meal was quite special--much better than what I can do--trout baked in mountains of salt, roasted vegetables, pesce crudo. We sat outside on the mountain side, drinking in the view; enjoying wonderful food and stimulating conversation. A memorable evening.

Below are a few pictures of the B&B--taken before the dead battery.

Already we know that next summer, when we return for 6 weeks to allow Casey to use his italian, we will return to Piemonte and Diana, Mischa and Max. But, dear Toscana, we will save some time for you.

Tua Amica


Jane said...

Hi there, I've been checking up on your site for some time now. I'm a Jane and I married a Ken this time last year and we climbed Kilimanjaro for our honeymoon. I love reading about your travels and adventure and Casey is one lucky guy!

Jane said...

Life is strange sometimes--another Ken and Jane. I hope that you have as many years as my Ken and I have had--more than I will say. We have seen Kilimanjaro from the ground but climbing it is more than my legs can do. Thanks for reading the blog.

Jerry said...

Jane - this is wonderful. I'm looking forward to time with Diana and exploring Piemonte next spring on our 'secret' anniversary trip!

Jane said...

Jerry, OK--I'll keep the secret! Wish we would be here then. You will love Baur B&B

Diana said...

Jane, well LOVE THE BLOG ENTRY. :)

Thank you for your kind words. I am back up with my DSL and have some lovely ones of Casey, Lena and Melvin and the fish for you. I think you wanted me to send them full size, so I am going to try to do that now.

Peace and love from Piedmont to Tuscany.

Jane said...

Diana, the picture of Max and Casey is wonderfully beautiful. Thanks--now Casey can do his blog entry.

Jane said...

Valerie, it was so good to finally meet you and Bryan. I wish you well in your desire to stay in bella Italia. Maybe we will see you next year. BTW--Casey thinks you're great.