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Turkish Market and Abandoned Spy Base

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Robin, Sadie, Will and I have a day of exploring:

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Happy Holidays!

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My Life is Full

La mia vita e’ piena! Non ho avuto tempo libero per questo blog, mi dispiace!

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I’ve been ignoring the blog, which bums me out a bit but, it’s because I’ve had so many things to do which makes me feel really lucky.  I think I was a bit overwhelmed with trying to write or show pictures of every place I visited, it’s just not possible.  Allora, once things are a tad less hectic (because not being hectic at all wouldn’t be my life or preference) I’ll be back in the saddle again.  Until then; go drink some vin brulee or cider and read these fabulous blogs:

http://vernonhuffman.blogspot.com/

http://notesfrom.wordpress.com/

http://aintnothingbad.wordpress.com/

http://hatgifinger.blogspot.com/

http://godshomemovies.blogspot.com/

http://naturewalkboston.blogspot.com/

http://www.2legs2eyes.blogspot.com/

http://www.personism.com/

http://nyctaxiphoto.blogspot.com/

http://eatingandrinking.blogspot.com/

http://liztheserious.blogspot.com/

I’m sure I’m missing some, deal with it.

Fresco

Quando mia Mamma ha arrivato da Firenze siamo andate a San Giovanni Valdarno e siamo andate una classe di fresco con la scuola.  Mia Mamma ha fatto una fresca bella, certo, lei era modesta ma e’ veramente brava con l’arte. Brava Mamma!

After my Mom arrived and we dropped off her things at the Bed and Breakfast we were off to our Fresco class at il Sillabo. It was a two part class, first we laid down the sand and mortar mixture and then a week later we applied another smoother mixture which we painted into.  Here are the results, Mom’s first:

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Perugia

I went with my school to Perugia a while back, it was my second time visiting the city (the first time 3 years ago for the Chocolate festival when it was over run with tourists). We had wondeful weather and beautiful views and of course Orazio explaining all the architecture and history to us which is wonderful.  I wish I had time to write more but I’m going to have to go with mostly photos:

Ho visto Perugia per il mio segunda volta con la scuola.  Abbiamo avuto una buona gita, sempre con Orazio aveva i viaggi bene. Ma, adesso non ho tempo libera per scrivere e allora i foto:

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Slovenia by the Sea

My last day in Slovenia Aneja and I went to the coast to visit some small towns, unfortunately the rain was still coming but we enjoyed ourselves none the less.  We stopped for a wonderful breakfast in the first town where we people/rain watched for a bit.

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The Adriatic Sea was gorgeous and despite the weather we could still see Croatia in the distance.

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Just as we climbed to the church on the hill of the second town the weather got better.  We saw yet another rainbow and enjoyed the rich colors drying in the sun.

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Then we stopped to have lunch in the third little town of the day which was the biggest.  I promise to add the names later but for now I don’t have my notes with me.  I didn’t take many photos there but I did like this statue.

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Then we drove up a very windy road to visit a gorgeous castle with a view.  I felt the need to spread my arms as wide as I could just to take in the enormity of it. At a safer distance from the cliff I spun around and skipped, new places get me all excited.

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The fourth and final little town was not on the coast but had a beautiful view of the rolling hills.  The dark clouds returned but by then we had seen weathered worse.  We strolled around the empty town and enjoyed the park.

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That night the whole family went out for an amazing Slovenian dinner, everyone ordered something different and we each tried the others plates.  My favorite were the mushrooms, native to Slovenia and especially fresh, all of the food was delicious not over complicated with too many flavors but made with careful choosing of the perfect ingredients.

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The whole weekend was really wonderful, Aneja and her family were such wonderful hosts and in a time when I really needed it.  I think every traveler will tell you the best thing about traveling is the people, you and your interaction with them determines your experience.  We had horrible weather the whole time but I will always fondly remember this trip because I really felt so welcomed and cared for by them.

While Aneja and I were packing Vlada came into the room with two beautiful glasses of Slovenian strawberry wine and a smile on her face.


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