May 12

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I must apologise for jumping the gun on telling you about the architectural plans before finishing telling you about the rest of my trip to Abruzzo in March!  It seems apologies are ‘de rigueur’ at present so I will try to resist my compulsion!

My last Sunday was of course quite hectic with the architect in the morning then a catch up and meeting with an expat in nearby Capestrano where we showed each other our houses.  We then had an unscheduled visit to another expat couple who were suddenly setting the table for dinner with us and so it was much later than expected return to the house for a good night’s sleep!

Monday morning the weather turned quite cold and wintery, so with little I could do at the house and no pressing appointments I jumped in the car and went off for an exploration of nearby Santo Stefano di Sessanio a partially restored mountain village.  At times it was attempting to snow but managed to avoid any contribution to the piles of snow littering the streets from the month of February.

Here are a few pictures of the town.


Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Gateway – Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Rooftops & Snow - Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Rooftops & Snow – Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Covered Streets - Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Covered Streets – Santo Stefano di Sessanio

On my way back to the B&B I drove via Rocca Calascio and took a few pics there also.


Majestic Rocca Calascio

Majestic Rocca Calascio

After lunch with Jimmy & Francesca I headed to the Pasta Factory near Rocca Casale called Pastificio Masciarelli.  Abruzzo has some of the very best pasta in Italy due to the fresh mountain water which is a key ingredient in all pasta production.  I bought a 2 packets for myself to take home and a gift pack for my lovely friends and hosts at Abruzzo Segretto.

Tuesday was another busy day as I first went on a quick excursion to a nearby chocolate factory then headed to Ortona to meet with a friend for lunch.  We had a superb 3 course meal and some very nice local wine to accompany it.  Lunch consisted of some amazing home baked bread and olive oil, an array of antipasto dishes including mussels & calamari followed by a seafood pasta starring the famous chitarra pasta I spoke of in an earlier post and for dessert a tasting plate of no less than 4 treats each!

Feeling very relaxed and mellow after the leisurely 2 hour lunch I said my goodbye’s and headed north to Pescara to meet with the Architect.  Maurizio had decided to rush through the paperwork for me so I could sign the planning permission requests before leaving.  On arrival I met his wife and son, his 15 year old son had been called in as translator although surprisingly between google translate and my small understanding of Italian we managed to complete the necessary paperwork in about an hour.  I was advised the planning permission for the commune (village) was a simple process but following the L’Aquila earthquakes there was another office that also required consultation and would take up to 8 weeks to complete.

I am so grateful for finding Maurizio to undertake the project – he renovated my neighbour’s house and I was looking to find him originally to complete the restoration but was searching for his details in L’Aquila where he was not.  Sometimes things just fall into place – and somehow  it seems that my landing in Abruzzo was more than serendipitous!

Wednesday morning I fare-welled my friends and picked up an expat also heading to Fiumincino for a flight.  It was nice to have company on the just over 2 hour drive as it made the time go much quicker.

I returned to Beaulieu sur Mer looking forward to the next phase of the renovation process.


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  1. Janine

    Such an striking landscape. Abbruzzo has a character all its own. And your images are stunning!!

    1. Ingrid

      It really is a very special place – so much beauty and many contrasts Janine, thank you 🙂

  2. Cathy

    Well what a busy girl you were Ingrid. It is funny how some things turn out well in the end.

    1. Ingrid

      It was fun and hectic! But well worth it!!

      Thanks Cathy 🙂

  3. Lisa | Renovating Italy

    So good to hear that things are falling into place for you! I think you have found a real treasure in Maurizio. I am also looking forward to hearing about the next step in your renovations….sending love x

    1. Ingrid

      Maurizio is fantastic as is his family! Hope you had a FAB Mother’s day xo

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