Sunday, March 27, 2011

Italy, part one

My friend, the amazing Judith Black, won first place in the 2010 massmouth Big Mouth Off. The prize was a week in Tuscany with five friends. And to my delight, amazement and honor, Judith invited me and my partner Kevin Brooks, to go with her.

And here we are, in Sarteano Italy.

It's stunningly beautiful. It is still a medieval town. The streets haven't been widened to accomodate modern cars (as we discovered when we drove to our guest house, the rental car clearing walls by an inch or two on each side), the walls stone with stories embedded, the faces ancient and lovely.

I'll write a more detailed post in a few days. You can see more pictures here. And I am so very grateful for this chance to see the world. It's good to be alive.

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  1. How utterly beautiful your photos are, Laura! I can taste and smell Sarteano! They're the kind of images that make me breathe deeply, savor the ancient beauty of the world -- and wonder crazily about that anomalous row of lollipop trees along the ridge of the hill. Thank you for the awe and the laugh. Have a terrific week.

  2. MMMmmmm...lucky! In Napoleon Dynamite voice.


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