May 3, 2009

Now we’re talkin’

I leave in a few hours, I'm posting my last journal entry from last week as I set off for 3 more days abroad. Hopefully no more hotel/food horror stories...

Day 3 - Wednesday April 29th - sunset

This is the view I moved to today. The previous days' Overlook hotel was so noisy and brutally smelly that the few of us crew members staying there provoked a Bounty-like mutiny and demanded we change. So here we are.


A small agriturismo (working farm with b&b-style rooms) overlooking the splendid Lepini hills of the Frosinone region. Quiet, cozy and clean. Downstairs the signora is simmering asparagus for the ravioli filling and I can’t wait to tie an apron around my ample hips and lend a hand in her country kitchen. Outside in the yard, a suckling calf is scampering around its mother, cowbell ding-aling-ing along. The thundering sunset is offering up a spectacular skyscape.

My child spoke to me on the phone and closed our overlapping conversation with a heartwarming ti voglio bene, mamma – “I love you mommy” which made me melt with happiness. Come tomorrow at this time I will be racing back into his arms, waking him from his sleep if need be to kiss his face, his wee sweaty hairline, his tiny chub hands, his feet.

This is where we shot today, and where we’ll return after the long weekend home. A Cistercian abbey perched on top of a hill in the small town of Casamari.






Ciao amici miei!

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots Lola. Love the pic of the mountains in the background. Hope you have a safe trip.

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  2. Beautiful abbey! Have a good week at work!

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  3. Looks like some good bounty for that mutiny. Good work:>)

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  4. Have a good week. Enjoyed the pictures and the story.

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  5. I loved visiting the old abbeys when in Italy; and your photo is wonderful.

    Good on the move; have a happy homecoming with the little one.

    P.S. Left you something on my post today. Ciao!

    Jane

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  6. Wow, that last shot...I'm afraid I would just be spinning slowly taking it all in and becoming very dizzy. Breathtaking. (Glad you've new accomodations.)

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  7. Buona settimana Lola. I hope you'll find the time to write and post soon!

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  8. Nice pictures. But the love for your child and you wanting to race back into his arm are the most beautiful things of all.

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  9. Ciao Lola, This is a beautiful thing your mighty son brings feelings of love to mom! Yum ravioli's, Nice Photos, Grazie!

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  10. Gasp! the last photo took my breath away. But then, all the photos are beautiful.

    I am so glad you had a mutiny, your new place sounds dreamy, I would like to be sitting in that kitchen, taking it all in. Your words are so wonderful though, I feel i'm halfway there!

    Now I just wish I could hear the sound of little E's voice, there could probably be nothing as charming as baby Italian. Well, except for baby German,adorable.
    Have fun sweet Lola!

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  11. Breathtaking: every bit of it! Have a wonderful week! But hurry back -- we are all looking forward to hearing from you again.

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  12. I love that last photograph. It's so beautiful!

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  13. wonderful shots! know it was a joy and heart wrenching to talk to your child, but great to be home to see him! safe travels!

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  14. Awww, what a heart warming thing to hear your child say! What a gorgeous view you've had... I envy you!

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  15. Well, I certainly hope the hotel has better towels than last time.

    The photos are lovely. The stories captivating. But how about some film gossip!

    Is it a theatrical film? Any famous stars or vamping starlets? Love escapades among the crew?

    Dish the dish. I live vicariously.

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  16. Wonderful photos, Lola. I especially liked the last one too. Have a successful and happy week.xx♥

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  17. I`m sure if you had joined the cook in her kitchen and made the ravioli, everyone would have asked you to stay! But no, sweet E is waiting! I love my Jojo`s hands and feet, too! And his crinkly nose when he laughs! They are about the same age.

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  18. Hi. I just wanted to poke you and tell you to make sure you check out my new blog post today where your name comes up. :-)

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  19. Great pictures Lola.
    Hope the trip went well.

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  20. Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I'm back home, finally. Safe in the loving arms of a very tired little boy. Let me get him to bed, post a recipe and start nosing around your blogs, I have loads to catch up.
    Ciao amici!

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  21. Gorgeous! I am starved for photos of things like this, Lola. I drink them in. I've so enjoyed your accounts of your travels. Your little boy sounds so sweet, too. Of course he is.

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