(Original Post Date Sept 4)
Before going ‘home’ for the holidays in
I arrived in
It took me a full day of travel to finally reach the small secluded Italian town from
"Leave the luggage in the car, lets go shopping!". The "quick drive home" twisted and turned through a dangerously narrow alpine road with breath taking views, and the minutes turned into hours of shopping and meeting her friends. She treated me like a guest, and I felt at home!
Ah, but afterwards she refused to take me home since "it's dark, no one is there, and the grocery store is closed", so she insisted I joining her for a meal with her husband, two very well behaved courteous young boys, and many of the town residents.
After full day of schmoozing Italian style, I finally opened the door to my cozy apartment and went straight to the bedroom and opened the window taking in the crisp winter air, and fell in bed admiring the massive view of the alps with a smile. My first day back in Italy had been very heart warming!
When the Viking finally arrived from
Two days before Christmas, we left to
Today I came across pictures of another small town gifted with similar breathtaking views, but something else happened and it's hard to explain! All the citizens left!
They abandoned their roots, local traditions, and homes! I'm sure this town also had so much to offer! What causes citizens to abandon en masse their beloved traditions and home?
Abandoned Italian Town
Ironically! the top picture on the right says "I'll be right back!"
but no one came back! This entire village in Norther Italy, west of Genoa is empty!
How could a full group of people, young and old, together decide to abandon their paradise roots?