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Goodbye Anghiari......Hello Assisi

My friend and I closed up the house in Anghiari today and we're now happily settling into Letizia's agriturismo in the mountains above Assisi. It's good to be here. I miss Umbria when I'm away.

The house in Anghiari was wonderful -- a great base for exploring. I have so much to say about the Piero della Francesca art trail, including stops in Arezzo, Sansepolcro (a lovely town), and of course, Urbino. Which is a stunning city. And there will be photos, of course, to post.

One of the lovely things about renting a vacation house is not only the space you get, but the freedom to do simple things for yourself, like making a few meals and doing some laundry when you need to. And this was a fantastic house! Not only did it have a good washing machine (and dryer -- luxury!) but also a fantastic kitchen, including a very posh espresso machine that even grinds the coffee beans. I don't want to say how much coffee I went through, and how much we used the dishwasher. But in our defence, we ate dinner in several nights because it was 9 p.m. by the time we returned from day tripping. Making a giant salad with wonderful fresh cheese, tomatoes, great fruit.....it was just so easy and relaxing.

Girasoli, I must say I thought of you every time I downed another container of coconut yogurt -- so good. Why can't we buy this in North America???

And Annie, I've been collecting some Umbrian Madonna street shrines; I think of you whenever I find them. Gubbio had several -- they're always so interesting.

We changed rental cars today. My friend Philippe had rented a manual transmission Fiat which we used for the past week, since he insists he can drive a stick but not an automatic. However, since we're parting ways in a few days, I rented an automatic for the coming week.

We switched rental cars at the Avis outlet in Arezzo, and now we have a very cute Fiat 500 with a sunroof and no legroom. But it looks exactly like the Fiat in the George Clooney Italian television ad for the 500 -- the famous "George Not Included" ad.

Alas, it is a dual transmission, but after all my problems with a similar Fiat last year (it was very hard to get it out of manual mode) I think I'll have better luck this year. But for the price I'm paying, I do wish George WAS included!

Comments (11)

Caterina:

don't we all wish George was included...

Jane:

Hi Sandra, I am so enjoying reading your updates. Your love for where you are shines through each post. Now I am awaiting pictures of these places. Drive carefully

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Sandra, Anghiari sounds pretty wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading about the Piero della Francesca art trail and looking at all of your photos. Don't forget to take a photo of your GC Fiat. :)

Enjoy Assisi...

Babe:

Hey, Babe, glad to hear you're having such a good time. Be glad you're not home -- central Canada just got hit by a 5.0 earthquake! I hasten to add you shouldn't worry, that's considered quite a minor one and there was no damage aside from things being knocked off shelves and whatnot. But it was quite the sight with reporters in the middle of televised scrums panicking and fleeing Parliament Hill, etc.! Oh well, guarantees me a quiet night at work -- nothing happening on the Prairies could POSSIBLY compare....

sandrac:

Yikes -- I'm glad to hear I missed the quake. I imagine the buro was going mad......

I'm still a little miffed that George was not included with my Nespresso machine!

The apartment sounds like it worked out wonderfully. So glad you were able to see all that art instead of spending time at the outlet stores! Looking forward to seeing photos when you return home.

Love your photo and details of your trip. George Clooney -- hmm, that would be nice:-)
That quake was felt all the way in Massachusetts as well.

Can't wait to see the shrines you've collected! They are so much fun to photograph (and find!).

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time.

The house sounds divine. Staying in a vacation rental house sounds wonderful - more people should do it!

Lara:

Never fear, you'll be happy to know that coconut yogurt *is* available in Canada. I buy it at the Farm Boy on Bank near Heron. The brand that they stock is Liberté, and it's pretty darn yummy. Though, no doubt, the stuff you're having in Italy is probably richer, tastier, and just all-round better, as is usually the case when it comes to food in Italy!

sandrac:

Thanks, everyone!

Lara, you've given me a reason to return to Canada!!

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