Friday, May 22, 2009


So, I've joined Penn's "Travel Writing" class. Scott Cairns is the professor (look him up) and I just couldn't sit out when I heard that their homework is to sit out in Orvieto and peoplewatch. By the end of the class, we will all have written a full travel piece about the town we've come to love. Is there anything more brilliant than that? Just being in the class for this last chunk of time is perfect for those of us who have felt far from Orvieto for a while with travels, travels and more travels. We're learning to see it in a more powerful way and to re-see all the things that struck us when we first arrived. We're all enjoying the work he puts to us and the inspiration he provides. I'm literally seeing so much more when I walk down the street now. It's crazy! If I get up the nerve, I may share my final product before we move out of town...

One part of mine is about the bartender/waiter at Cafe Cavour and he should be just about to start pouring the evening spritzes for the people taking their Passegiata. I'm going out to observe him! Wish me luck.


  1. You don' neeed no steeenking luck! Ha! I feel like the Wizard talking to Dorothy. You've had the power all along! This here blog has been your ruby slippers and you could probably have taught this class yourself.

  2. That's what I was thinking, but I'm her mother.

  3. I'm still working on posting our photos on flickr, and I've just gotten up to the days when we came back to Orvieto. I'm SO glad we came back to spend those quiet days there, and to soak in some more of your beautiful town.

  4. Gracie,
    It's in your DNA. That's why it resonates with you. Thank God you get to cultivate it in such a beautiful, romantic place!

  5. Mom and I saw Angels and Demons last night. Almost every scene on the streets of Rome was someplace you guys had brought us! I really really think that one quick scene was was on the street going towards our apartment (MOMA 2)!
    I kept hoping Robert Langdon would get a drink out of the book fountain, but he didn't...