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.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Close to Heaven

It seems that is where we are now--in the welcoming embrace of Sant' Antonio with its stones that once echoed the chants of monks in a 13th century monastary, olive trees with glistening, shimmering leaves moving in the breeze of the hilltop, laughter seeping from below as people discard cares left behind, blue, blue skies meeting the green gold fields. Yes, this has been the treasured escape of ours for many years. Last year we traded it for the expanses of the Mara and plaines of Kenya. And so it is good now to be back.

We have been here just four hours but have truly never left--it seems. Our friend Nico's smile is as wide and welcoming as always--his hugs true.

Casey has looked forward to seeing Sofia and Filippo but they are not here yet. They're in town with Aunt Paola and until all the guests have checked in, Nico can't go get them. So, Casey has found the next best thing....dogs. He loves dogs---well, animals of all kinds, actually. Caio, the dog of Sant Antonio is an old friend. Ula, is the huge, loveable, beautiful family member of a German couple in the apartment below ours. To Casey, they are his brothers.

So, we are here, the long road to travel is always worth what it takes. Sant' Antonio, Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italia....Home

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Colleen said...

Jane, I'd just about decided to go back to Naples next year, but now you have me longing for Sant' Antonio!
How wonderful for you to be back ...
Cheers, Colleen

Jane said...

Colleen, that's a hard choice. We like Napoli and the siuth, too, but it seems that SA always tugs at us. I can picture you here. It is strange how so many of us Slow Travlers come here but never whe I am here.

Terry said...

Love your post, Jane. Beautifully said. Enjoy every minute.

Susie L said...

Jane, I am so glad Ken finally caught up with you and you are now able to begin your vacation! I will be following along of course.

Happy Father's Day to Ken!

Sheena said...

Sant'Antonio isn't close to heaven - it IS heaven! The cherries on the tree down outside Michelangelo must be ripe....have you been enjoying them?


Gil said...

Glad to see all of you enjoying dear old Italia!

sandrac said...

Hi Jane, I'm just catching up with favourite blogs and this is a wonderful post -- I really think that I must visit Sant'Antonio; it sounds so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love that feeling of belonging that one experiences upon returning to a favorite spot!