Thursday, October 29, 2009

Living in Passignano

By Claire
We really do have a sense of living in this village. Walking into town for groceries and other errands, like Chuck’s haircut. All he told her was “short”. She didn’t speak much English but clearly, she understood that.


The wash

The cut

The result—she cut off all his curls!

While all this was going on, I was fascinated to be in a small town hair salon listening to the Italian flying around as people came and went, including several men, watching the hairdressers work on their customers. I thought this set up with the hairdryers was really interesting. I’ve only seen them attached to a chair in a fixed position. These are far more flexible.

We stopped at the market and picked up a few things and ran into a woman who is originally from San Francisco. Excited conversation ensued ending with her inviting us over for wine tomorrow night followed by dinner at Luccio’s, whom she knows. We are looking forward to learning more about this area and getting to know her.

We came home and had another wonderful sandwich of cheese, this time a typical one of the area, Caciotta, along with the basil, tomato, and olive oil. We are getting hooked on this! We also enjoyed talking with Roger and Linda, next door, about traveling through Europe. They have generously shared lots of information about campgrounds and places to go in Italy and Greece and we told them about Camping Michelangelo in Florence. Oh to live in England and be able to easily cross over into Europe.

Now it was time for that bike ride. We took off on the bike path we had been told about.

Along the way, we saw a castle…

…and some graffiti, or as they say in Italian, graffiti—we have seen it all over Italy. The origin of the word is Italian from graffio, ‘a scratch’.

Plus more gorgeous colors

Heading home, we passed Roger and Linda on their bikes heading out for the same bike ride we had taken. Small world.

What a nice day. We relaxed in the sun once again with our books and a beer and acquired a campground cat.

I don't know, maybe this is the place we could live.....we will certainly be back.

Who travels widely needs his wits about him
The stupid should stay at home. ~ from the Norse Eddas shared with me by Tai Sines


Tai said...

Letha's powers at work: Only last night she was saying, "Claire's had two haircuts, but we haven't heard anything about Chuck." Now we have. Chuck, I think you look very 'Euro' with 'short'.

It sounds as if you two have found a "home of the heart". It looks like a wonderful place.

Diane said...

Wow Chuck--you look very, very cool with your new "do." The trip just keeps getting better--I'm sure you will be sad to leave this idyllic place. I love the kitty photo--any chance you will take him along with you? Just kidding . . .

Toni said...

I love your haircut, Chuck. You two could publish a pamphlet on haircutting your way across Europe.