Last Septemeber I had my little trip of a lifetime..
One of my favorite places was just outside of Assisi..
We stayed at a Villa I found on the internet because of a very last minute change of plans that left me searching for a memory:)
I found a place.. and we lucked out..
A privately owned villa.. that was now owned by the son of the original owners.. a very nice man..Paolo..
He revamped the beautiful villa and honored his parents w/ a plaque:)
I loved the grounds.. an olive orchard:) We had the small apartment..Spotlessly clean.. down a long winding driveway..part of the main beautiful villa.. We had the entire villa to ourselves those 5 days! It was heaven!
It was cool.. we sat by the pool to read w/ a glass of local wine..and cheese..admiring the peaceful views.
I had my face to the sun..and thought..this is as close to heaven as it gets..
On Paolo's property.. he had several concrete.. cement benches..tables made to enjoy the vistas..
This..was one of my favorites.. 2 benches by the olive trees..overlooking Assisi..~
I fell in love~
With the whole feeling of this area..
Where we parked our car..at the back of the villa.. there was a little sign..
To his mom and dad~
I sure hope he read his guest book:) I told him how proud they would be of him..
We were a little early for his olives..
But nonetheless.. we tasted the proprietors kindness in more ways than one..Upon our arrival..
An olive oil cake made by his wife..their olive oil..their eggs.. coffee..her jam,their wine~
I adored my welcome there.
And clean clean clean:)
He was so sweet!
His property..is rewarding him:)
While there.. he recommended places for us to see.. we already had a big itinerary..But he recommended Deruta for Pottery..
All in the same region as Perugia..Assisi..etc..(Love love love that region!!)
I never bought the pottery.. the euros were creeping up..our economy declining..and I already had more than enough memories to bring home!:)Jacques "soupirait" every time I picked up something!
But I did fall in love w/ it~
Imagine my surprise today..when I went for a briefing.. at a new store to open soon in town.
I have volunteered to help man a little shop..(along w/ at least 100 others..) a NOVA store.. NOVA is the original VON "Victorian Order Of Nurses"..They care for everyone here at home..angels on earth..we now have a little store where all the proceeds ..every sale..will go directly to NOVA..I look forward to spending time working there for them..
I was able to get a first peek.. and look what I saw..
Deruta Pottery..a set of 2 dinner dishes.. 2 salad dishes..a bowl.. a juice server and cream server..:)
Signed..Deruta Italy..The place Paolo recommended I buy my pottery!
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Of course it was my first purchase:) (For a good cause!)..:)
And we used the dinner plates tonight..
w/ a salmon recipe..that was topped w/ my daughter's recipe for salsa..
Great w/ fish!
Chopped tomatoes..red onions.. Kalamata olives.. capers..dill..(coriander if you wish) parsley..evoo..and lemon juice..(I LOVE IT!!)
Imagine my surprise at finding my coveted dishes..:)
I know I didn't get them THERE..but someone did..and brought them home for me:)
If you have never been to Assisi.. and have the chance..go:) The whole region is humbling.. beautiful and RICH.
Rich in memories that you bring home~