Songs of Summer (Canzoni d’estate)

Summer days run into evenings filled with fun, food and lots of singing and laughter. Every year this young gentleman hosts a party for his American/Italian friends who return to Colledimezzo for the summer. Look at the size of that pasta pan. Most of these youngsters left Italy to make their fortune in America many years ago, but still maintain their homes in the village.
Now they are retired, but return to enjoy the summer tranquility of Abruzzo (and the parties).

So lucky to be included in this group. Last night there were around thirty of us. We heard fantastic stories as folks reminisced. The food was fabulous, the laughter genuine, and the accordion player set the atmosphere.

Can’t wait to do it again.

Food Glorious Food

When we first moved to Abruzzo I wasted so much food. I’d shop as I used to in the US…carefully converting pounds and ounces to kilos and grams, but I still ended up with way too much food. Yes, I made mistakes with the conversion sometimes, but we also received so many impromptu lunch and dinner invitations. As well as home cooked meals, we’d be taken to favorite local restaurants. The food I bought would sit in the fridge unused. I’ve learned my lesson now. I no longer shop for the week, but buy fresh every two or three days.

Food is a way of life here and conversation revolves around family, food and football.

Hope you enjoy my little insights into “retirement in Abruzzo”

Thanks for stopping by, and say safe.

Food Glorious Food



Since retiring I’ve not had to worry about setting an alarm to wake me up, but today, I did! Dean Martin, singing “Amore” caressed my ears at 7:00 am. Using an alarm to rise and shine at 7:00 am makes me chuckle. When I still worked I woke up naturally at 6:00 am, even at weekends. Life changes as you get older.
The early start was because we had a volunteering date to help clear away trash from the shores of Lake Bomba. Meet up time was 8:30 (which translates to around 9:00 am Italian time). For around three hours in beautiful surroundings, we filled black plastic bags with bottles, cans and paper. Can’t understand why everyone can’t clean their mess up after them, but it is what it is.
All the walking made us very hungry and our delicious meal at L’onfrio pizzaria in Villa Santa Maria was well appreciated. Pasta, lamb and panna cotta! I ate too much, drank to much, and when I got home, I closed my eyes and slept for thirty minutes or so. All in all, it was a perfect Saturday!