Sunday, 13 April 2014

Arrivederci dalle My Family and Abruzzo

I started this blog in mid-June last year without realising how many people from all over the world would end up reading it.  People from the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Israel, all over Europe, India...


Fara Filorium Petri, Abruzzo

When I got married in Abruzzo, I had intended to start a blog, or write a book, but life got in the way.  I am a little sad to end my blog, but I have found of late, that it has been harder to write.  I mentioned this briefly in a previous post.


Pennapiedimonte, Abruzzo

When I started writing, we still had not ruled out moving to Italy full time and hence my blog would have progressed to an ex-pat blog, warts and all life in Italy.  It saddens me to say that we have decided for sure that we will not be migrating.  


My father, my husband and my sons.  Pretoro, Abruzzo

The whole world is aware of Italy's economic problems.  With two small children, how can we move them somewhere, where at present, there is not a lot of hope for youngsters?  When our eldest son says he wishes he was in Italy and why can't we live there....I'd be lying if I didn't say my heart isn't breaking a little right now.


Pretoro, Abruzzo

On a brighter note, I have received some wonderful emails, tweets and comments on my blog from all over the world.  I hope I have done a good job of introducing you all to this beautiful part of Italy.  I have added some of my favourite photos that I have taken in Abruzzo in this post.


Agriturismo in Abruzzo

Fiat 500 in Manoppello, Abruzzo

We are also very fortunate that we have this wonderful holiday home that we can use every year and that we can leave to our sons to enjoy with their families one day.


Caramanico Terme, Abruzzo
Fittingly, my highest rated blog posts were The Forgotten Region and Ciao! Me and Italy.


Pacentro, Abruzzo
Pennapiedimonte, Abruzzo
Vasto, Abruzzo
Thank you to all my regular readers, who always commented and supported my blog, in particular; Tiffany, Bonnie, Deb, Rosey, Jessica (Independent Travel Cats), Jessica (Italian Bunny Report) Glenda, Vanisha, Diana at Browsing Italy, along with my dear friends, Pete and Lorraine, Ali and Laura.


Fara Filorium Petri, Abruzzo

Passo Lanciano, Abruzzo

I hope many of you travel to Abruzzo in the future and understand why I love it so much.

Thank you all for reading.  Baci!



35 comments:

Van Berry said...

Wish you and your family all the best and wonderful holidays in Abruzzo!!

janneke clemens said...

Amazing pictures, love your blog! I will follow you, love to read more about you!
ciao! Janneke

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thanks Vanessa! : )

Sara Louise said...

I'm sad to see you go from this space but I wish you all the best and I'll see you around twitter :) xx

Lulu Abruzzo said...

See, I knew I'd miss some names after I typed this and it makes me realise what a lovely bunch of people were following me. Thanks Sara Louise. : D xx

MLT said...

Louisa, It's been fun following you. I hope we still see some stories and photos from your holidays in Abruzzo on G+ and Facebook.

Ciao for now,

Mary Louise

Liene said...

Good luck in your future endeavors! I'm sad I found you at this point in your journey, but know I haven't seen the last of Italy through your eyes - maybe a book? Bonne journée!

Erica said...

I'll miss dreaming of Italy as I read your posts, but it's been a pleasure, and these last photos you chose are beautiful!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thanks Mary Louise! I'm sure I'll be about with Abruzzo pics one way or another. : )

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you Liene! So nice of you to say.

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you Erica. I'll miss your lovely comments.

Tiffany {A Touch of Grace} said...

I've loved reading your blog my dear! Gorgeous photos, great stories. I've loved it all. So glad you still have your other blog so we can continue to interact.
I will miss this blog and seeing Italy through your eyes, but so glad you are doing what makes you happy.
xoxo

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you so much Tiffany. Glad that you enjoyed reading my blog! xx

Kristin McKnight said...

Hi Louisa! So sad to hear this, but just wanted to tell you that you have done a lovely job documenting what life in Italy is like. I wish you all the best in the future! Take care.

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Kristin. That's lovely of you to say. Thank you

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi I loved reading this blog and learning about Italy and it will be missed! Good luck with your future.
Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Julie. Thank you so much!

mail4rosey said...

:( I'm very sorry to hear your news. This was always one of my favorite blogs to visit.

Wishing you well though, and knowing great things will come to you through your decision not to move. When one door closes... :)

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you for your support and all your lovely comments Rosey. I really appreciated it. : )

Corinne said...

Oh no! I hope you will start blogging again soon, please let me know if you do. Good luck to you and your family.

Corinne x
www.skinnedcartree.com

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Corinne. Thanks. I may do something new in a year or two, but I have a film blog on Wordpress in the meantime: www.lululovesfilms.wordpress.com Thanks for your lovely comments. xx

Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats said...

I'm going to miss reading about your dear little part of Italy and your family! I wish you many more happy travels in Italy and will keep following on your film blog.

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Ahh, thank you Jessica! Really appreciate that and I'll keep up with your travels on your lovely blog.

Alison Jackson said...

So sorry to hear your news, it was great to see another part of Italy & hear a younger person's take on Italian life as viewed by an outsider. Take care, you will be missed!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Ciao Alison! You're another name I should have added on my supportive readers paragraph above. Thank you for your kind comments and retweets, I really appreciated it.

Jenny Ripatti-Taylor said...

Wow all the photos look stunning and a beautiful place to visit. So lucky. Enjoy your time there. #sharefriday

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you so much Jenny! : )

Poppy said...

Hi Louisa,

I am so very saddened to hear that your beautiful blog about Abruzzo is ending, as I enjoyed reading your interesting commentary and looking at all the gorgeous photos of your adopted and beloved land.

Thank you for writing it and good luck with your new one! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter!

xx
Poppy
PS: The pic of Bar Vitelli in your previous post is mesmerizing and reminds me of Crete, as usual!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Ciao Poppy! Thank you so much. I'm happy you enjoyed reading my posts. I may feel differently in the future and adopt a different approach of blogging on Abruzzo, who knows! Thank you for all your lovely comments. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter too. xx

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I'm sad to see you go! Your blog was delightful to read and I loved learning more about Abruzzo every time I stopped by.

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you Lisa, that's really kind of you to say. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

Deb Attinella {CookingOnTheFrontBurner} said...

Gee, I don't even know what to say... I'll miss reading your blog and seeing all your great pictures! I wish you and your family the very best in the future! Take care!!Deb

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you Deb! You never know, I may pick it up again one day, I just can't do it now. Thanks for following and your lovely comments. All the best, Louisa

Glenda Fromfashionphases said...

Oh no Lulu, I am going to miss your beautiful stories and great images you have posted about Italy! You did an awesome job and thank you for sharing them with us<3 I totally understand why you and your family are not moving there, you have to think about your family first. Though your vacation home is absolutely gorgeous! Do you plan to continue with your other blog "Lulu Loves Films? Also please let me know if you plan to start a new one so that I can follow you there :)
www.fashionphases.com xoxo

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Glenda. It's the not moving out there and my family not giving me time to blog in peace that are the main reasons. I may change my mind in the future, or restart a blog. I will continue with my film blog. That is easy to write and I am finding wordpress a better fit. I had a lot of probs with using blogger as a platform - photos disappearing, not easy to edit for example. Thanks for your kind words and support. xxx