It’s been a few weeks since my husband, Alban and I returned home from Europe. We embarked on this adventure on April 15th, 2019, travelling to Barcelona, Marseille, Milan, Venice, Poggibons, Carapelle Calviso, and Rome.
For this blog, I will focus on Carapelle Calvisio, a small commune in the Abruzzo region of Italy. This region is well known for its beautiful vistas and is considered a playground for those that love to hike, mountain bike and snowshoe.
As we drove toward the Airbnb which we had rented for four nights in Carapelle Calviso, I mentioned to my husband that I had not researched the area and I knew nothing other than it was on the boarder of a Gran Sasso National Park.
As we maneuvered the rental car around the last of six hairpins turns to where we were meeting our host, James Abbott, we get a glimpse of the village. We walked into this gorgeous rustic one hundred year old detached home with original stonework and terracotta floors, we are taken aback by the view. There are no words to describe how we felt at that moment. As we said good-bye to the host he handed us the key, which by the way, was the original key of the home. A huge black cast iron key.
During our stay, we had the opportunity to explore the region and we slowly fell in love with the Carapell Calvisio and the surrounding area.
We also learned more information about the Airbnb that we had rented. The home is being raffled off to a lucky winner on June 29th, 2019. Yes that is right, raffled off. Jamie and his wife, Lee have been trying to sell their home for a few years but due to the down turn in the real estate market and the quake, they have been unable to sell their home. Therefore they have decided to raffle it off.
As we drove the six hairpins turns one last time as we were departing for Rome, we both wished that the lucky winner who gets handed the big iron key to this home will fall in love with the residents and area of Carapelle Calvisio like we did. We truly hope that the people of Carapelle Calvisio see the construction that is happening now as a sign of new beginning and prosperity.