Oldest European's birthday
Yesterday was the birthday of the oldest living European, Lucia Lauria who currently lives in Salerno with her daughter. Lucia was born March 4, 1896 at Pietrapertosa in the Dolomiti Lucane, deep in the heart of Basilicata. This is a beautiful town we have visited before that also has a unique attraction.
local paper quoted her as saying the secret to her longevity is the fresh mountain air of Lucania. No doubt those steep streets of this mountain town provided plenty of exercise. Ever since our first visit to Lucania I knew there was something special about the area.
There are nine people in the world older than Lucia and the oldest is the American Gertrude Baines, born April 6, 1894