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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

Dreamscape--Unbelievable

I'm taking a few minutes this morning while the kids are cooking breakfast pizza in the outdoor woodfire pizza oven to update and post new pictures. I'll get right to the important part: photos at http://www.nwesignatures.com/photo_gallery/RainyDay.htm. There are links on the page to all the rest of the galleries and they are in order of the trip.

We had some rain over the weekend, but the days have returned to bright and sunny, about 80 degrees, and breathtakingly beautiful. Our host came to visit Tuesday and took us up to our caretaker's farm. We spent a couple of hours seeing all his animals, orchards, hay fields, and olive and wine barrels that we filled containers from.

Yesterday, I convinced a willing family to go on a trip to view a strange garden. http://www.nwesignatures.com/photo_galery/LaScarzuola.htm. This is one of the strangest places, and perhaps one of the least visited, in Italy. The architect designed an Art Deco garden in an old convent way out beyond the last signs of human habitation. We drove seven kilometers down a dirt track through the mountains to get to it (after an hour and a half drive from the Stone House). Tomaso Buzzi bought the convent in 1957 and started creating the gardens based on the woodcuts of the Hypnerotica Poliphili written by Friar Franscesco Colonna and published by Aldus Manutius in 1499. It is a nearly incomprehensible romance on love and architecture illustrated with dozens of woodblock prints. Tomaso used the prints as inspiration for the designs of the garden. There are no further words that can describe the experience. We were given a two hour guided tour by the owner/nephew of Tomaso.

Enjoy the photos. It was an amazing experience.
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