~ Romancing Italy

Sep 5, 2011

Summer is over, the vacation as well as the weather. The mornings of having my rooms bathed in the soft morning light has been exchanged for the dismal quiet that comes with the closing in of the fog. Blue above is practically non-existent and droplets of rain are par for the course.

So reminiscing a little, these photos highlight our awesome summer. Of course, Tala is a huge part of it....

Our favorite moments, naturally hers, because we played a LOT. What dog wouldn't feel in heaven with sand to dig, water to jump in and a Frisbee to catch. And it's one of natures gifts to let humans see animals express their joy in movement like the last happy leap through the air to pounce on the Frisbee...

The morning light made this sloop look like it was beached on an expanse of sand. The water was so calm almost every morning that we made it our first order of the day.

This man brought his very nervous horse to the beach, which I thought was a good idea since it looked like it wanted very much to buck him. He'd have had a soft landing. I was the only one on the beach and was a little miffed that he decided to stop right next to me to take a dip. But I was entertained by seeing this very fine animal take a swim, then come out to roll in the sand and then rinse off again. (photo taken by my phone so it's not so great.)

 Will miss the food. There is a huge difference between the southern dishes and the northern and I prefer that from Calabria. This was taken when we were at the festival at Bivongi for the Mercato della Badia where there was a large sampling of their typical dishes. Can't for the life of me remember the name of this breaded thing....

Packing the car (the day before) to head back home...Tala was making sure she wasn't going to be left behind. I think she'd be as happy as I would to get back into the car for the 15 hour drive back to sunshine and sand.


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