Friday, July 17, 2009

The Filipino Paper Lady

Everyday when I walk out of my apartment, I pass a variety of small artisan shops. The flower shop, handmade paper store, fabric store, and small puppet store. Two days ago I walked into the handmade paper store and met the owner. She told me of how only 20 years ago Perugia was full of craftspeople. It was a town swarming with artists. She is closing her store in December, this town is rapidly changing. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Gli apartamenti

Although quite small, I can't help but love our quaint apartment in Perugia. It's so pure and fresh with a breeze from the window and the occasional smell of italian cooking.
On the other hand, a larger sized apartment would have been nice too like some of our friends are renting.
Either way I love them both. I've said it before but this city is bellisimo.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Fountains of Rome

These fountains were scattered all over Rome. Not only were they beautiful, but they were fully functioning and I frequently used them to refill my water bottle. My only concern is that they are constantly running, are the Romans recycling that water? Probably not.

Giorno 2 di Umbria Jazz

The second day of Umbria Jazz consisted of more incredible performances, equally interesting  street performers, and my ever growing love for this city.

Simon and Garfunkel being played in Perugia's streets.
Pastries in a bakery window shaped as musical notes and instruments.
The Hag Coffee girls giving free samples of unfortunately DECAF coffee.

This crazy street performer who constantly spun in circles. That's it.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Umbria Jazz

Friday kicked off the Umbria Jazz Festival in Peru
gia. I am fortunate enough to be able to walk 1/4 a mile out of my apartment and become instantly surrounded 
by jazz. It's in the streets and at the stages, I love the energy and feel at home.
Even the Italian street artists here are loving Obama!
This is the funk off parade to kick off the festivities.
The main plaza alive with people.