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Jul 30, 2012 - Property in Abruzzo

One of the purposes of my traveling is to find an international property that I would like to live in and as an investment. Several Realtors have shown me around. It is very different from the US. A realtor will only show his listed property. So I might only see one or two choices. They don't like to waste gas and one even asked me to pay $25 to be shown property (how about that Isabel?). In Italy there was no big real-estate boom or bust like in the US. Here most people own family property without mortgages. They have little debt and when...

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Jul 20, 2012 - Alanno City Festival

Last night I was invited by my neighbors, a family from Sweden to go the the Alanno Fair. The fair was from 8PM to midnight (or later, we left at 11PM) What a delight. The quaint cobblestone city streets were lined with miniature potted orange trees and citronella candles. The small plaza by the church had a platform for music and sold local food and beer. I couldn't believe they served Mojitos. They used a Cuban rum. The three men making the had an assembly line at work. And only charged $3.00 US. My group might have been the only one...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Local food of Alanno and scenes around Alano

I made my first typical local dish to share. Pasta, local fresh vegetables and olive oil. Then we ate our noon meal in the olive garden. I often see tables and chairs outside a little way from the houses and under olive trees. A nice way to dine. No one here has ever heard of Zucchini bread so I attempted to bake some. I'm not used to the oven or the local baking ingredients so was only so-so. I'll have to give it another try. On the visit to Torre de Passeri, right next to the bus station, was this building. No one around, but upon...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Party time in Alanno

Monday was a relaxing day. We visited a nearby winery, the Chuisa Grande. All their wine is Organic and some is make with hardly any sulfites in it. That is the part that makes the face swell up. Nikki took me along to visit the nice neighbors. They have an amazing garden and we got to pick 3 buckets of tomatoes, some zucchini, onions, and something that looks like zucchini but isn't. She showed us her goats, chickens, rabbits, and cute kittens. Then we sat in the shade of the house and they brought out their own wine served in a plastic 2...

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Jul 6, 2012 - Real People of Alanno

Last night was another Villa cookout. Dinner started cooking at 9:30 pm. first the backhoe work didn't start until after 5 pm because the operator is a land owner himself. The small hole needed got much bigger after a water line was accidentally broken. Finally when all the muddy work was finished dinner was started. The backhoe operator brought all the food, the pans, and his own grill. What a way to do business. Anyone who has read "Under the Tuscan Sun", should remember what a Geometra is. The geometra in Italy performs roughly the...

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Jun 30, 2012 - More about Abruzzo and where I'm staying

Friday-Since arriving here in the country I haven't done much but lay around and sleep and read books. Doing the tourist thing in Rome and Northern Italy was fun and very interesting to see all the antiquity, but exhausting too. Yesterday was a little overcast with dark clouds and thunder on the mountains. I went to the edge of a hayfield and read a book under an olive tree. This morning I walked about a mile and a half to the hilltop town of Alanno. There is an Alanno town a little more modern below the mountain but farther away. I reached...

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Jun 27, 2012 - Abruzzo, Italy Where I'll be staying for two months.

I traveled from Rome by bus (easy to do from Rome and about $14 US one way) to my villa near Alanno, Abruzzo, Italy yesterday. A lovely bus ride. After several days in the crowds of Rome I was ready for this beautiful, more sparsely populated section of Italy. The bus took me straight through the Apennines mountains. One tunnel went all the way through a mountain. We passed mountain ridges with rows of big white wind turbans and numerous mountain tops, orange tiled roofs, and medieval hilltop villages. " Abruzzo is a stunning mountain...

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