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Bastardo, Perugia, Umbria... crostata from our favorite pasticceria in the local market town of Bastardo in central Umbria... #pasticceria #umbria #umbria_illife
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Ah the colors of India! We're on our way home now with some gorgeous textiles and a lot of wonderful memories from a very quick trip. But we will always return to India!

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Early morning shopping trip on the streets of Calcutta. So much going on in this amazing city. Watch in the background the street traffic during our transaction. Calcutta is not on the tourist circuit, which makes it a marvelous city to visit. This was my third visit to India's third largest, and my favorite Indian city. Never enough time in Calcutta!

Oh, and we thought the peas would be a good fresh vegetables option for us, as we would be able to shell them, and only eat the inside peas. But I got distracted somewhere and set them down. I hope whoever found them was happy with a fresh treat.

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Transportation Indian style. We happened to be walking down the street and this one was pulled over. Very common sight in India. They could have fit a couple more hanging off the back. The people each pay a small amount to the driver for a ride. They probably don't all know each other. We counted 17 or 18, including babies. You can never be bored in India!

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A man working on a treadle sewing machine, a very common sight throughout India. What surprised me today was that our driver told us that he had bought a sewing machine for his wife. As we were discussing it, we discovered that it's not electric, but also a hand or foot-operated machine. They have electricity in their home, so this was a surprise. But he said it's unusual to purchase an electric sewing machine in India. Though we live in the same world, sometimes it feels like we are planets apart!

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Todi, Perugia, Italy... so many faces of this unassuming hilltop neighboring town treasure... this time with a golden splendore! .
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Does anyone ever so attract your heart that you want to watch them all day long? This lovely woman, a relative of our driver, was one of these for me. And I don't even remember her name! We watched her cheerfully clean up cow manure, wash clothes in a bucket, stop to visit with family members, prepare us a delicious lunch in her very humble kitchen, wash the dishes at her courtyard water pump -- always efficient, always laughing and smiling. And her husband was always gently smiling, as well. Such kind, beautiful, wonderful people! Oh India!

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Visiting with our driver's family at his village in India. These are amazing, sweet people who were so welcoming. I continue to be humbled at the kind way we are treated in India. So wonderful to be with these beautiful friends!

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Indian cow in our driver's ancestral village. I gave her some Graham crackers, and now she keeps watching me.

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Good morning from India. This little byway is one of the few quiet streets in Calcutta. If you look closely to the wall on the right you will see a photo of Mother Teresa. This is where she established her Sisters of Charity. Our family has been personally deeply blessed by Mother Teresa's work, as it was the nuns of her order in Goa, India, who rescued two of my daughters.
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A Calcutta cutie. We were walking through the flower market when I spotted this little girl standing near a fence. I know absolutely that she was a little girl because she was wearing only a shirt. She flashed me the most charming smile until I bent down to take her photo. Then she stuck her tongue out at me. It took some work to coax her back into a smile. She was not older than two years, but already well versed in the art of manipulation.

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A dream fulfilled! We went out about three hours north of Kolkata and visited some villages where they do the Kantha embroidery I have been seeking. Most of the villagers only speak Bengali, but one woman knew some Hindi. My Hindi is embarrassingly inadequate, but it was enough for me to find out that this woman did the embroidery work. The whole village gathered around us and witnessed our conversation, then followed us to this woman's home, where she started pulling out her work. An amazing opportunity!
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Torri, Perugia, Umbria... looking down into the cortile courtyard from our tower window view above .. the fun and enriching experience of medieval castle fortress life!
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Good morning from Kolkata. Not my best video because when I thought I was filming I wasn't and vice versa. But I love love love Kolkata!!!! And walking here in the morning is the best!!! #kolkata #calcutta #india #loveindia #westbengal #earlymorning #morningwalk #travel #orchardhilltreasures #mist #morningmist

Torri, Perugia, Umbria... one of the greeters awaiting your arrival in our courtyard at the tower... perched in an alcove in the 13th century stone walls of the cortile... ..
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Practicing my Hindi in New Delhi. My #1 rule when learning a new language is to humble myself like a little child and not worry about looking stupid. So I'm walking down the street and spot a sign. I stop and sound out the words, saying them several times, delighted that I have figured them out. Except that I have no idea what I'm saying, "mahila shochalay!". Oh well, sounds familiar. Then I turn and see all these men staring at me while I repeat the words aloud. I return to my hotel and ask the desk clerk what the words are. Ladies' restroom. Oh. No matter. I love being in India!

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Torri, Perugia, Umbria... our little stone walled medieval village of clustered fortress towers from the 13th century. Living closely clustered together creates security, community, and beauty.
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On my way to India in search of great Kantha. I picked up this dupatta in Calcutta in 2001 when I brought home my last daughter. I fell in love with this style of embroidery and started learning Hindi so I could return to India and go to the villages where the women do this work. Little did I know I was learning the wrong language. This Kantha work is done in West Bengal, where they speak Bengali, not Hindi! But, I am still going to the Kantha villages in search of these treasures! More later from India!

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Todi, Perugia, Umbria... Happy Valentines Day to my eternal companion! ..
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