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Giuba…

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There are a few things that make this place completely different from our life at home.   Of course there are the giant fig trees growing all around, even in this “terrible season” they are bigger and more abundant than any I have seen.  There are the acres of grapes hanging from their vines, wild along the roadside or espaliered neatly in vineyards…

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Then there is the fish truck that makes its’ weekly stop in the village.  Our children have become experts at recognizing (from miles away) and mimicking the loudspeaker calling out: “Ribba! Ribba! Pesce! Pesce!” and always run to see the spectacle. (Once in awhile the ice cream truck comes down our street at home but we never have a glitzy fresh fish wagon on our block…  )Of course G. Junior has charmed the ladies who drive the truck – when he runs out shouting to meet them they give him his own personal fish in a little bag.  Today Nonna was inspired to buy some very fresh and very local oradde which we grilled on the barbecue for our lunch.

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The rest of our day was very quiet.  We are leaving tomorrow for a road trip and so we spent the day close to home  – just a visit with cousins in Giuba  and then the short walk down the street from their house to San Pelegrin church and the beach alongside it.

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This beach has become very popular, and the locals have begun setting rocks in front of their little houses to prevent people from driving or parking – I was thrilled to find these very artistic interpretations dotted along the roadside:

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Each beach we have visited has it’s own particular character… This one is the wildest we have seen.  It has some crazy beach going customers – crazy haircuts , (extremely) loud music and offbeat outfits (or no outfits…) But we found plenty to entertain a young family too: lots of beautiful natural tide pools in the rock, and a great series of “bridges” and “caves” to climb around along the water…

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The tide pools made me think of giant footprints winding along the rocky beach, making magical homes for all kinds of sea creatures as they went…

An hour or so of exploration stretched our afternoon until the shadows started to lengthen and we knew it was time to head home – we have a big day ahead!

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There is just enough time left in the day for a short drive home past the roadside fruit stand…

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…past my favourite farmhouse…

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…past the grand estate at Seghetto…

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…with a look back at the beach and the sun setting all around us…

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…in that dreamy happy place between one great day’s adventures and the promise of the next one just a good night’s sleep away…

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(Post Script for Mimi and Cowboy: The cousins we were visiting in Giuba are the proud owners of this furry friend:

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…which reminded me that I neglected to include this photo from our Venice trip:

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…which brings our trip total to five Berner sightings, and we haven’t even made it to Switzerland yet!  They are truly lovable international ambassadors. We miss you Mimi!)

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