Abruzzo – The Old Olive Mill

What a difference a year makes. My daughter and I fell in love with this old house when it was empty, dusty and dressed in yellow. I know immediately it was the one.

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The Beauty of Abruzzo

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I never tire of the rugged beauty and greenery of Abruzzo. It soothes my soul!

Adriatic Sabato

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And Saturday is here again. Always busy with chores because I work during the week. Not complaining, I have an interesting job among very special folks. If I didn’t work I wouldn’t have things to look forward to, like my upcoming trip to Abruzzo. Feast your eyes on this rugged unspoiled coast. Isn’t it beautiful? I can’t wait to call Abruzzo my home, but wait I’ll have to, because it’s not quite time.

In two weeks I’ll be enjoying this beautiful view in person. An Adriatic Saturday!
Good things are worth waiting for!

Relax

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A year ago we were in staying in the beautiful Adriatic town of Vasto.
It was my husband’s first trip to see the home we’d bought for retirement in Abruzzo. We had no time to relax. Two weeks were spent cleaning, finding furniture, buying and fitting light fixtures, opening a bank account etc., etc., before returning back to the US to work (we have to pay for the house somehow).
I found this photo today. It’s the view from the beautiful Residence Amblingh
This was where we stayed for two weeks while we worked on our house, it was our haven and kept us sane.

The Final Move

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Not long now until we make our final move, and I know its going to be a good one!

I’ve enjoyed everywhere I’ve ever lived. Shildon, Butterknowle, Summerhouse (all in county Durham), Brompton-on-Swale (North Yorkshire), Blandford (Dorset),  Dortmund (Germany), Worthy Down, (Wiltshire), Chatham (Kent), Parker and Franktown (Colorado), but it’s almost time to retire and live out our dreams.

Abruzzo is calling, and the call is getting louder.

 

 

 

 

Rome

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In 2010 I went to Rome for the very first time. I’d been to Italy many times but never Rome. This was the view from my hotel, the Marriott Grand Flora, at the top of Via Veneto.
I was hooked as soon as my feet touched the ground. The smell, the chatter, the atmosphere.
I remember standing on the banks of the Tiber with Castel Sant’angelo behind me, looking across the bridge towards the city, gasping for breath. It was almost too much to take in. I couldn’t even lift my arms to take a photo. I glanced at my husband, who stood next to me, and saw he felt it too.

Rome isn’t just a trip, it’s an experience, its something you feel.

 

Morning has Broken

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Eerie Morning

DSC05332Sunrise in Franktown doesn’t normally look like this. It’s 7:15 am and the wildfires in Montana are playing havoc with the atmosphere. Stay safe everyone.

Longing to be Back

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Excellent Villa Eustachio

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View from Villa Eustachio

Italy is my passion and nothing gives me greater pleasure than planning summer vacations in the country I love. Lake Garda, Venice, Milan, Sienna, Lido de Jesolo, Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Rome, Ravello…the list goes on, but I know where it ends.

The little town of Scala, perched on the beautiful green hills that tumble into the Mediterranean, has captured my heart. The little bars and restaurants were fantastic, great food and great company. The locals are friendly and made me feel at home.

Planning the perfect vacation is my hobby and I always do lots of research before finally finding somewhere. When I first saw the Villa Eustachio I was blown away and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It was beautiful. We were a party of 11 adults and the villa accommodated us with room to spare.

Pasquale and Marco were the best hosts anyone could wish for. Charming, attentive and helpful. They obviously love their properties and want to make sure their guest love them too. They also arranged our transfers to and from Naples, met us when we arrived and couldn’t have been more helpful.

Villa Eustachio is a beautiful villa, in a beautiful setting, and I highly recommend it. Check out the link below.

Villa Eustachio

 

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