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Umbrian Holiday My family and I spent a week last summer in a converted hay barn located in the heart of the Umbrian countryside The house hay barn was over 100 years old and was perched on the top of the highest hill in the area It afforded a sweeping view of the surrounding countryside Being from the American Midwest I had never seen anything like it After driving for several hours through the picturesque Italian countryside in 90 plus degree heat we arrived at the town where our vacation home was located The private drive to the house was lined with immense poplar trees that rustled in the breeze and offered a respite from the blazing sun We arrived at the house and took it all in To one side there were golden fields of mown hay To the south was a lush vineyard its fruit beginning to ripen for the autumn harvest To the west was the owners house and our swimming pool The owners house was constructed of large beige blocks Dark wooden shutters covered the windows in the heat of the day Our house was a miniature of the proprietors On the side of the house there was a covered dining area The wooden table was large enough to seat 10 diners comfortably and was surrounded by lush flowering plants A large brick grill was close by the dining area Then I decided to check out our home for the next week I was greeted by a kitchen decorated in colorful Umbrian ceramics An olivewood dining table was in the center of the room The floor was covered by cool terracotta tiles and the kitchen sink was made of marble It seemed that the kitchen was designed to keep the room as cool as possible The bedrooms
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