Internet upload/download speeds and availability are always challenges. In the U.S., we are spoiled.

So, appreciate your swift access to all the information…and the ability to see and send photos.  The owners of our Villa Il Trebbio have done a magnificent job of restoring a historical mansion and out buildings – ours is two apartments with 6 bedrooms and 6 baths; perfectly restored.  Their place next door is the original mansion, which we hope to tour before we are finished our two weeks here.  They have ordered the “latest and greatest” from an Internet expert.  But, he said this morning, “We are doing everything in the air; no hard-wired Internet is here yet in Italy for the “country”.”

We will try to upload photos of the place as well as our other adventures, when we can.  But, now, I’ll just show you our “workhorse” transportation van…a Renault van.

It's called a
It’s called a “Trafic” and it has 2+3+3 seats, if needed. Worked like a charm.

We have a “field trip” planned for most days and this has been our home on the roads.  Stick shift is a bit tricky, but just like a bike, you can remember quickly how to work all those things at the same time…and it gives you more control.  6 forward gears and we reached 6th on the A-1 highway to Orvieto on Sunday.

And, then, there’s the wonderful Nancy.  Here’s the photo that everyone has enjoyed…don’t know about her, but she’s on the blog, so we’ll find out tomorrow.

doesn't she look pretty in glasses?
doesn’t she look pretty in the glasses?

We are so surprised and excited that you are all “following” us on our trip.  We are having a ball and it was sunny and 80 again today….delightful and totally unexpected.  We packed for weather of 60’s during the day and 40’s at night.  I need a pair of flip-flops to round out my wardrobe.

Ciao for now.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 12 May) is Assisi, Gubbio and the Borgo di Carpiano (outside Gubbio) and then back “home” to the Villa Il Trebbio in Osasaia near Cortona.  Long day; not much time to figure out how to upload the photos to really tell our story.  But, we will persevere if you can wait for the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say.


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.

One comment

  • Nancy you look fabulous!!! Chip, I am just catching up with the blog now. Caught some of the pics from Amy’s FB posts. Looks like a great adventure.


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