The dearth of young people in the area in every village I went to was noticeable. Those tilling the soil or those walking the street were invariably in the older age bracket. The contrast to the vibrant cities was pronounced. It almost seemed that the villages are set aside as retirement homes and hostels where the old and frail can retreat from the bustle of the city streets and pursue a day-to-day existance.
Fondest memory: From the two washerwomen using the wonderful old natural wash area supplied by stream water who refused to let me photograph them to the farmer shown here who I didn't ask but took the picture anyway, there was a feeling that, in about 20 years, it would all be so different and I, for one, would be saddened to see that.
Some call it progress, I call it a loss, yet freely acknowledge that it is not a lifestyle I have chosen and everyone deserves a chance for what they desire so long as it doesn't hurt anyone else.
The difficulty of visiting these little churches situated in hamlets in a country with whose language you are not conversant is that information is hard to gather. In fact, without time and a translator, well nigh impossible.
Fondest memory: I could read the date on the door of this duomo though. 1426 was clearly stated and, though it had obviously had a rebuild since then, an aged air was still present, more so on the inside.
The wonder of the night before had dissipated somewhat in the warm glow of the following day. The sunlight put a different village into view. Many more aspects of it became apparent and a few people were moving around this agricultural based community.
Getting to the base of the river bed was a bit of an excursion. The loose gravel of the steep slope and close knit bramble vines made for a tricky descent.
Fondest memory: This shot shows the lower church framed by the medieval single arch bridge and some of the undergrowth prevailing on the riverbank.
The church of S. Crucifissa doesn't have the aura of the upper church but its precarious location on the steep riverbank makes it interesting architecturally.