Warnings on the meteo throughout Italy of soaring temperatures include 40˚C in Perugia yesterday, phew it must have been stifling in those pride outfits. Here at Bellaugello we are fortunate for although it is indeed hot, there is a cooling refreshing breeze. The storm predicted for this morning did not appear, and early clouds have drifted off leaving blue skies, so guests are poolside.
A Dutch week is coming to an end, and our guests are now predominately British, many escaping the horrors of Brexit. Last night at dinner on the terrace it was fascinating to listen to the questions from both the British and Europeans regarding Brexit. I admit my British guests are all saddened by Brexit, as are my European guests, and last night I thought how much better it would have been if the decision to or not to brexit had been made here at Bellaugello.
Isabella triumphed, sublime pasta of farro with a sauce of zucchini from the garden and almonds was followed by mouthwateringly tender saltimbocca alla romana, the night was balmy and the chat fluid.
I spent Friday in Milano. This was a huge step for me the first time I have ever left the house when there are guests and been so far away. Up at three am to drive to Terontola station to catch the Frecciarossa to Milano to be in time to grab a coffee before heading to Google Milano HQ for a meeting hosted by them for the LGBT businesses in Italy.
The seminar was informative, some aspects positive others negative, but overall a worthwhile if long day. Made somewhat longer no doubt by tiredeness when I alighted the train one stop early and then had to wait for the next train to continue my journey southwards. Feeling hungry, almost home I stopped at our local restaurant “Il Panaro” much loved by many of my guests here and was greeted by two of them at the new table outside, they were just polishing off a complimentary glass of limoncello. We chatted at length and then I walked into the restaurant to be greeted by Elio the proprietor full of smiles and enquiring why I looked so happy, and I ordered supper, crescia filled with bracciole, spinach and oozing with melted cheese, utterly delicious. It felt so good to be home in the cozy friendly corner of Umbria that has become my home over the past eleven years. Back at Bellaugello the guys were chatting over gin tonics and glasses of Nerio, it seemed crazy not to join them, and we chatted until the ‘wee sma’ oors’.
Spending time on a high speed train gave me time to catch up on things I usually miss, one of which being reports in two local newspapers of new flights into our local airport of Perugia S Francesco d’Assisi. From mid July the Maltese airline FlyVolare is scheduling regular flights to Perugia from Amsterdam, with the possibility of winter flights from Copenhagen. There are 14 new destinations so weekending at Bellaugello just gets easier. Having met the airport director some weeks ago I have a direct contact and I will update you all when I learn more. You can read the article by clicking this link – (in Italian but easily understood): New flights to Perugia 2017 – Umbria Today
Before signing off and head poolwards passing by our new four poster bed in the garden.
I remind you that whilst we are busy we still have availability here at Bellaugello in July and August, check the website, or easily check prices and make a reservation by clicking HERE via our online booking service.