Filomena reminds me of Marianne Penna, down to the glasses. She's around most of the time, and her English is passable (but her German is much better!). Her mother Elena is also around most of the time, and we've been trading vocabulary words with her. Last night (when Paul and Grace's daughter broke a wine glass), I taught her 'dustpan' and 'broom.' Tonight, she taught me the words for 'garlic' and 'parsely,' but I had too much wine and forgot them (I do know 'basil' - 'basilico' - and I wonder what the common root is for 'basilica' and 'basilico' - maybe basil was a holy herb that was only grown by the clergy? or maybe the leaf of the basil plant sort of looks like the tower of a basilica?)
Anyhow, tonight, as we're packing up for an early departure tomorrow, I wanted to recommend to anyone that they check out Agriturismo Monte Brusara if they find themselves on the Amalfi Coast. It's a great place with a great family running it, and the small hike it takes to get home at the end of the day is more than compensated for by the delicious dinner that awaits you from Filomena and Mama Elena!