I summarized our special April here though, but with only one photo - and even those entries from our Facebook page seem not enough to cover our impressions.
You remember, how we arrived at the airport and drove to Pizzo, encountering goats on the way? If not, have a look here.
So here they come, more visual impressions from spring in Pizzo:
I like Calabria for its crystal clear sea. But during those April days, the sea appeared to be even more clear. So clear, that the fishing boat seemed floating in air.
Marina Beach empty in April
I hardly saw any Italian kids playing on the beach those days, even after school and on weekends. Niente bambini. Maybe it is when you have it in front of your door step that it is less interesting? Or maybe Italian kids don't want (should not) get dirty? A "bella figura" thing? Or is the beach only for swimming in summer? Anyway, our son couldn't be stopped to dig holes whenever we passed the beach.
digging sand holes
One day, I observed the clouds in a distance and I saw that they have a shadow on the water. I was pretty fascinated of that sight and took a dozen pictures. Not sure if you see what I mean. I like the reflections a lot. All kind of reflection on water I like a lot.
There is not much else to observe from the balcony aside some fishermen passing by in rowing boats. I wonder if those two with their relatively large net just fish for their family dinner, or maybe for a restaurant?
fishermen at work
I think I was on the balcony all afternoon that day - just enjoying the beauty of nature - until the sun set above Stromboli, the volcano in the distance.
sunset above Stromboli
Another day, while reading on the sofa, I had to constantly look at our beautiful ceiling with its faded fresco. (I should say manually recovered fresco). I like it so much, I took those pictures below. And we finally ordered two ceiling fans for the empty spots (no lights, enough of those).
part of the living room
ceiling with recovered faded fresco
Beside sitting on the balcony and reading on the sofa, I have also been drawing a bit:
agrume, pears and oranges
And I played tennis!
When my friend asked me to join her playing tennis, I discovered that Pizzo has a "Center Court"! So funny, the door is seriously locked, no one has a key. But the fence's hole on the side is so big, that it seems now to me that there was no fence on the side... and they even have a grandstand! I promised to practice to join the match in summer (I have not been playing for over 20 years!) It will be fun!
Pizzo's "Center Court"
This time, we often had lunch in piazza. It was just too beautiful - warm sunshine and very few tourists. The church bells ringing at noon and the organ play (I posted a few seconds of this sneak peek into paradise on Facebook). I can't describe in words this special moment of the day. Absolutely peaceful. - We saw the school bus coming, parents picking up their kids. We met the locals and really felt like Pizzitani our self. So, instead of having a tomato salad and a pasta at home, we had a salad, or a pizza, or a pasta or cozze at one of the small restaurants in piazza.
And yes, we also - sometimes - indulged in tarfuffo ice cream as well.
invented in Pizzo: il tartuffo nero
The scent of oranges was in the air, everywhere. It smells sweet like jasmine. Very intense.
sweet scent of oranges from the neighbour's garden
The neighbour's garden seen from our guestroom (photo below). A red and white band from the street construction was blown into the trees. The commune of Pizzo is restoring the old street pavement in the historic town center. But this will be another post.
neighbour's garden and street work in progress
I found too many photos to post.
I have to split them up into more stories, like street work progress, prima communione, Signora Rosa, Catanzaro. Stay in touch!