Back To My Roots

 
I had not been back for nine years. My Grandmother’s native village in Piedmont. A small place built halfway up a mountain, with narrow, cobbled streets and stone houses. A short drive from beautiful Lago Maggiore and its Borromean Islands.

I spent a lovely “generation” holiday week there in the summer with my Mum, Auntie, sister and my two daughters. Cute Doggy was the only male representative! 😉 We went for walks around the village, to the nearby forest and to the “summer” hamlet, an hour’s hike up the mountain. We caught a boat to cross the lake and visited a market on the other side. As other family members were present at the same time, we had lovely meals together. Simple moments but lasting memories.

On a walk alone with the dog, I realised how much I had missed Italy. Or should I say my roots? I have always felt more Italian than Swiss. That family spirit, the love of people and spending time together with relatives and friends, often around the dinner table. I came back feeling re-energised.

I have to go back. Soon.
 
Piedmont - Italy - Church
Piedmont - Italy - Nautre
Piedmont - Italy -  Valley with river
Piedmont - Italy - Roman stone bridge
Piedmont - Italy - Religious painting
Piedmont - Italy - Oratory
 
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3 thoughts on “Back To My Roots

  1. Linley

    Italy is one of the most beautiful of the world, not only because there are nice landscapes, but because there is a “savoir-vivre” (food, building, history… who make Italian people) !

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  2. Laure

    Ça y est tu es tombĂ©e sous le charme de cet art de vivre Ă  l’Italienne… Normal c’est une partie de tes racines. Je te comprends, GĂȘne, Catholica, Venise, mais surtout particuliĂšrement Rome: Rome reste gravĂ©e dans mon cƓur. Les vestiges de l’AntiquitĂ© sont partout, on prend un ascenseur vertigineux entre l’Ă©poque des Étrusques et notre futur… car c’est une ville vivante, joyeuse, romantique, une muse des artistes de tous horizons… il y a Ă  la fois l’impatience, la frĂ©nĂ©sie de vivre tout, tout de suite, et l’art de prendre tout son temps pour savourer ce qui se passe ici et maintenant. Et le sens, les liens de la famille y sont trĂšs forts aussi. C’est sympa tes partages sur ta vie et tes amours. Merci. Bonnes fĂȘtes Ă  toi et ta lovely family, plein de cĂąlins au petit chien, Bisous!

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