Vista Did Not Concern Us

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vista did not concern us. We were focused on house hunting and did not plan to spend much time in the apartment. We arrived in the middle of February and met David at the entrance to the Porta Romana near Orvieto’s historic center near. I recognized him instantly from the photo on his website, although I must admit that in person, he looked heavier and older. David was extremely polite, hospitable and made us feel special when he explained that despite the B&B being closed during the winter months, he accepted our reservation as an exceptional case. Bed and Breakfast Garibaldi, where David currently lived with his grandmother, had been his childhood home, converted into a successful business several years ago, he was the sole…show more content…
This was our first time visiting Italy in winter, because as future part-time residents, we felt that it was incredibly important to experience Umbrian life in all seasons. Orvieto looked like a dreamy, fairy-tale village, uncrowded with tourists, and only a few locals milling around. The Duomo was luminescent against a backdrop of a crescent shaped moon beginning to climb the midnight sky. Regardless that Emilio’s and Patricia’s shops looked inviting and Cafè Barrique beckoned us to come in, we weren’t ready to interact with anyone yet and resisted the urge to stop in. Through the window of the Real Estate office, we saw Vanessa and Mandy engaged in a discussion, however, feeling too exhausted to be social, we walked past without saying hello. Before returning to the B&B for some well needed rest, we ate a quick casual meal somewhere nearby. Tomorrow morning we planned to “hit the ground running.” Morning came quickly for us and we were excited and rearing to go, beginning our day at Cafè Barrique, we ordered Italian coffees as if we were naturals at it. Paulo recognized us immediately and acknowledged our return with a smile and an exuberant “Buon giorno! Sei tornato. Come stai?” Good morning. You’re back. How have you been? “Va bene!” Vince said. We are well. We sat on a bench outside and wondered if the neighborhood calico cat that befriended Vince on our previous trip was still in the vicinity. It wasn’t long before his
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