Postcards from Umbria

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We followed our friends to our rental car at the beginning our short vacation together, feeling a palpable sense of freedom and relaxation. The source of our contentment was easy to pinpoint: we weren’t in charge. While we had all chosen the destination and lodging together, another couple had rented the car and they would be doing the driving and navigating. As Paul and I climbed into the far back seats of the… Read More

Antiques don’t particularly excite me, yet I love the Arezzo Antiques Fair. I planned this trip around a visit to the Antiques Fair, even though it meant shaking off jetlag and jumping out of bed early on my first full day in Italy. Arezzo is a small city in Tuscany about an hour north of Benano. On any regular day, it’s a lovely place to visit. On the first Sunday of every month and… Read More

When I was a business traveler, I hated to pack because it was part of being a business traveler, which I didn’t like being. Packing for my trip to Umbria is different, in many ways harder.  I don’t quite know what to expect of life in a tiny Italian village, so can’t anticipate precisely what I’ll want with me.  That’s the fun of travel, right?  OK, but what if I forget something indispensable?… Read More

I’ve never been away for 6 weeks before, so I’m preparing for this trip more carefully than usual.  My “to do” list includes items that I’ve meant to do for shorter trips but just never got around to doing: International driver’s license – This may not be essential, but if – heaven forbid – anything bad were to happen with anything associated with my car, I would want to make sure I… Read More