Ending 2010 with somethings OLD ~ Romancing Italy

Dec 31, 2010

Ending 2010 with somethings OLD

My love affair with the old things in Italy took me to an abandoned village near Bivongi in southern Italy. I see this group of homes every time we go to visit A's parents and finally, we crossed the river bank to see what was left behind almost 40 years ago.

Behind the ruins, the dirt road led us past an olive grove that has been in existence for hundreds of years. The trunks tell it all.

Orange groves lie between the two sides of the village. So no one wants to live here but at least someone still comes to take care of their orchards. The groves stand behind a protective stone wall as the river, almost non existent for most of the year, has been known to swell in the past to swallow up anything in its path. I don't think I'd mind living here. 

By the way, the oranges were jiuuuucy

Technology from a time gone by. In order to slow down the river, the wall was built in curves to turnthe current back into the flow. 

More recently, bars are built at the bottom. Between the two, the one with curves is certainly more pleasing to the eye.

Curtains on 2010. Looking forward to a new year of discovering more of the old. 



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