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18 February 2023


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Perhaps your fascination with hilltop and hillside villages derives from the fact that they're the opposite of your native (flat) California Central Valley.

I spent a year abroad in Italy during college in 1974. On a trip with Italian friends we ended up in a hill town made of stone that was practically empty. It had been evacuated by the government because they deemed the buildings unsafe. I remember that there was an old couple who refused to leave and still lived there. The government had moved the whole population to a new town. To me the old stone hill town was so beautiful and I couldn't imagine being a resident and being made to leave.

So many untold stories.

So beautiful. I hope the same thing doesn't happen to these buildings as happened to so many of the small farmhouses in the Midwest where I grew up and what is happening now in Boulder, Colorado, where our planning commission seems hellbent on allowing every old and charming house to be demolished and replaced with steel and glass structures so modern that they do not complement the Rocky Mountain environment.

Your postings are always so lovely
Thanks for sharing always
Much love

So often I say "if only I were younger". I would do it in a heartbeat.
I love reading and seeing stories online of others that take this road less traveled.

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