24 Nov 2016

A time in Italy (2) Out and About


As soon as we got the car running and because the weather wasn't suitable for doing anything in the garden we went to the hill town where we're registered as Mr. P. wanted to renew his passport. To get the paperwork started we had to go to the offices of the town hall.  Although there was a bit of a wait for some paperwork to be completed to start the process the clerk was very helpful. Whilst in the town hall office a lady who was also waiting to do business wanted to know what I think of Brexit. She was curious about the vote which has resulted in the decision to withdraw from the European Union. To the lay person it all seems very complicated with lots of implications for the economy, trade and freedom of movement. The Italian people have their own constitutional referendum on reforming the government (although not, in fact, about making any decision to leave the EU) on the 4th December. Listening to my husband's family debating it over the lunch table was fascinating. 



It was market day in town although most of the stalls are in an area outside the town walls and not in the main town hall square so it wasn't busy.  In the piazza was a fish stall, a  fruit and vegetable stall and a stall selling clothes, linen, blankets and other soft furnishings. Last year I bought some blankets from this trader. It was misty up in this hill town so the photos are not very bright.






We also went to the local social health offices on our way down to the car park.  We were thankful that we were walking down hill and not up hill as by then our energy was low.  



The steps down to the car park are through the metal gate on the right hand side of the above photo.


a view of the countryside from the top of the steps and
down below is the car park



We didn't stop anywhere for a cup of coffee as we usually do because it was such a miserably damp day, but went straight home and had a welcome espresso coffee when we got indoors.



Thankfully the weather improved and the next time we went out and about to the shops, the Abbey church and grounds we enjoyed the sunshine and this is reflected in the photos that I took and will share next time.

Meanwhile I wish everyone a good day and Happy Thanksgiving to those who keep this tradition,
Linda :)

22 comments:

  1. Still some lovely views even though it was misty. I love a good market, especially abroad, I think they really know how to do markets in other countries.

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    1. I always look forward to market day, browsing the stalls and getting some bargain items.

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  2. Not sure if you were here when we voted but the crux of it is we are fed up being told what to do by Brussels and fed up with all the immigrants coming over here and sponging off the state. Don't have a problem with people who work just the ones who think they have a right to come here because we will keep them.
    That is a nice area of Italy you are in, hope your not affected by the eathquakes

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    1. Yes, we were here in the UK. I'll remember the day we heard the result as I was being prepared for my first operation early in the morning and watched television news in hospital reception beforehand. I love England, but consider myself a European. The earthquake was devastating with loss of life and homes. Prefabricated homes and schools are being built as quickly as possible as the region high up in the mountains is getting snowfalls and it'll be very difficult for the people concerned in bad weather. The aftershocks are still going on underground and being felt in our region on the other side of the mountain range despite being far away north-east of Rome.

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  3. Even when the sun is not shining the views are spectacular. I would love to have been a fly on the wall whilst your husbands family were discussing the referendum. Politics seems to be on everybody's mind at the moment.

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    1. I think the majority of people have strong political opinions. I can understand why my husband's relatives were having a lively discussion about the pros and cons of voting 'yes' or 'no' to governmental reform and related policies when it's difficult to know whether the voting outcome will be a good or bad move, especially economically.

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  4. I am so glad you included all those narrow streets and buildings. I have never seen any like them and would love to. I know there are a few in the states but not where I live. my favorite is the peek at the stairs on the yellow house in the collage. pulls me in to look at it. and those trees in the first photo are just beautiful

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    1. The trees in the first photo are those growing around the Abbey and Monastery which is where I took it. The narrow streets are in the medieval part of this hill town and the courtyard with the house painted yellow is the one that has a rare Roman plaque showing special days in the calendar. I like the red cyclamen flowers in the pots.

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  5. What lovely views and great architecture. Love seeing these streets and all the details along the way. We are getting ready to head to a friend's home to celebrate Thanksgiving with 50 or so people! Yikes!

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    1. Hello Ellen. That sounds wonderful! Have a great time!

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  6. Love all the photos from your day in hill town. Beautiful scenery, nice buildings and narrow roads. There's a lot of stairs to climb and I would be tired too. A hot cup of coffee in the comfort of your home sounds great!

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    1. Yes, getting to the main town square involves lots of walking uphill. However, we were pleased to find our usual car park fairly empty even though it was market day so that was a blessing.

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  7. It must have been fascinating to listen to what your Italian family thought about the UK leaving the European Union and their own political decisions to be made soon, it is good to learn what other countries think are important. I must admit I was in the minority who voted to remain with the EU but even when we leave I will still love being British and European. Your photos as always are a joy to look at. Have a lovely weekend, the sun is shining here today:)

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    1. I also voted to remain. Now we have wait for the outcome of negotiations....As always I'm taking one day at a time and glad for the better weather today. I hope you have a lovely weekend also.

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  8. I just love seeing where you travel. Each place has it's own personality. Political discussions do seem to seep into the conversations with friends or family gather. Oh those wet, rainy days just sometimes touch us to the very bones with a chill. So glad you could go to a warm home and have coffee to warm you.

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    1. We were glad to have got the business done at the town hall without too much trouble. I love visiting this local town and thankfully the rainy day was not typical of the weather during our time in Italy.

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  9. How lovely seeing all these lovely buildings, I love all those rustic, pastel colours. The mountains and countryside look gorgeous. After all those steps I would have needed a lie down.xxx

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    1. Usually it's possible to drive up into town, but because it was market day there was a diversion away from the main square. However, we do get used to parking in that car park and walking up into town looking at the window displays, buying something along the way. That particular day we were quite glad to go home for our coffee!

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  10. I do love to share your outings with you. I love the photos of the narrow streets and alleyways. Somewhere I would like to go exploring.x

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    1. Thank you Tanya. Glad you enjoyed the outing!

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  11. Such beautiful scenery. So much character to the old towns and buildings.

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    1. Hello Tammy. These ancient hill towns reflect so much history in the streets and buildings. Thank you for your visit to my blog and for leaving a comment.

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