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We are in the Umbria region of Italy

Posted: August 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Italy, Umbria | 4 Comments »

We made it safely to Umbria, and have set up residence with our new host. He lives in a 400 year old home high on hill with a killer view of the farms and other chateaus in the area. Above is a shot taken shortly after we arrived. I’m writing this on the porch shown there, and can hear the church bells from the village in the valley below.

The host is a laid back sort (born in 1951), who did the “hippie trail” (his words) of India back in the 70’s, and now is living a beautiful lifestyle on 5 acres out here. He has a horse, a donkey, a cat, a dog, and three recently acquired ducks.

The work is more standard manual labor stuff. We were clearing brush along a road this morning. We will be building some stone and mortar enclosures for his fruit trees next. We may make a house for the ducks.

Italy has a feel completely unique from France. I would describe it as warmer, more provincial, more run down, but generally more cheerful. People crack jokes with strangers, which I like.

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4 Comments on “We are in the Umbria region of Italy”

  1. 1 Sarah said at 7:31 am on August 2nd, 2010:

    have fun in Italy! can’t wait to hear more!!! and see a picture of the ducks…….

  2. 2 DonnaAnn Ward said at 12:18 pm on August 2nd, 2010:

    I think it’s the chaos of Italy that makes it so inviting. France is very orderly, very concerned with how things look and lay out. Italy? Meh… let’s just see how it all unfolds while we smoke and grab a drink. Enticing!

  3. 3 Shawna said at 9:52 am on August 3rd, 2010:

    Awesome! Italy rocks. And ducks are cool too!

    If you get anywhere near there- I lived in Lago Patria (near Naples) when I was little.

  4. 4 Devon said at 1:00 am on August 4th, 2010:

    We will be down in Calabria, near Naples, in September. I’ll keep an eye out for anyone that looks like you. 😉

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