Category Archive: Abruzzo

Apr 18

Writer’s Retreat!!

I am very excited to offer the opportunity of a Writer’s Retreat!! The vision is to offer Fellow Writer’s the opportunity to experience the peace and tranquility of an authentic Italian Village. Offering a self-catering opportunity to seek inspiration and write without the noise of daily life. The space is very quiet and peaceful providing …

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Apr 15

A Unique Opportunity – Fulfill Your Dream of Renovating in Italy or Becoming a Writer!

Medieval Streets Await Discovery

I know many of you may think owning and renovating your own home in Italy is completely impossible – and perhaps for many indeed it is. There is a big difference between the romantic idealisation of abstract whimsical dreams and the reality of the act of doing it. I am finding out every day what …

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Apr 14

An Emotionally Cold Winter!

Home Sweet Home

I am currently in Italy in Abruzzo overseeing the restoration project, making decisions on the interior, wall colours, bathroom fittings, flooring. I am truly amazed by the stunning work that has been completed slowly transforming my ruin into a home. The winter was a difficult time away from Abruzzo. I departed from Italy near the …

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Nov 13

Vasto & The Heart of the Vastese

Vasto from Hilltop to Sea

Some time ago I started to tell you about my friend’s wonderful business ‘Italia Sweet Italia’ http://www.italiasweetitalia.com/ .  Fabrizio Lucci has made it his business to take you into the heart of Abruzzo and to let it speak to you! In June of this year myself and a small group of fellow bloggers were invited to …

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Nov 03

Before & After – the story so far in pictures

The Ruin March 2011

I recently started posting before and after pictures of the house on my Facebook page Dreamlifeofmine.com – I think it really shows what a dramatic change a building can go through and what is possible with reliable and open minded contractors. I still laugh when I think about how little Italian I speak and my …

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