Monthly Archives: May 2012

Home Again

We arrived home late Thursday night and went straight to bed. So it was a delightful surprise to wake up Friday morning to a bright, sunny and warm day in Bellingham. The clear blue skies looked even brighter than we … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad and the Brutto

A Walking Path in Umbria The Italian word for ugly is brutto, which sounds better to me. When the weather is bad, Italians say, “fa brutto tempo”. But the weather is not as brutto as a few other things. For me, … Continue reading

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The Walk

The patron saint of Italy is St. Francis— known for his love of animals. He’s also admired for his alternative life style and devotion to simplicity and nature. His home town,the beautiful town of Assisi, is called The City of … Continue reading

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It’s Another Party

“It’s another party” is the first thing that Bob says as we approach the main Piazza (Piazza IV Novembre) in Perugia. Now that the beautiful spring weather has arrived, the piazza has been the place to hang out. When we … Continue reading

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Language Schools in Italy

Me and my fellow student, Renate I’ve always enjoyed learning new things, so going to school has been one of my hobbies. Bellingham has been a great town for us because there are plenty of interesting classes offered at the … Continue reading

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The Paths of St. Francis

On the trail to the hermitage Last week we decided to explore the St. Francis Trail that winds through the hills of Umbria. We drove to Assisi to visit the tourist office there to get more information or perhaps, a … Continue reading

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South of Perugia

Norcia’s Mascot We rented a car for a week so we could explore the smaller towns and beautiful countryside of Umbria. For our first excursion, we decided to drive south to the town of Norcia, nestled against the Sibillini Mountains. … Continue reading

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Cooking Schools

Making Pasta Bob’s enthusiasm for Italian cooking has helped us get into a few authentic Italian kitchens on this trip. In Reggio Emilia, where we stayed in the north, we were invited to cook lasagna and make pasta with our … Continue reading

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