Have you read ” Elephants in the garden ” by Kuki Gallmann? I did , many years ago & loved it very much for the great ability of the author to describe her beloved Africa, her second home . So it comes so easy to my mind this book’s title when I saw wild boars … More Wild boars in the garden – Sardinia Mon Amour
This morning I was prepearing lasagne for tomorrow lunch to celebrate my daughter 18th birthday at home, and was thinking the importance of cooking for someone you love, thinking of her/him/them while you are doing this . Both my daughter & me decided to do it at home not just because it is the best … More Food & feelings about cooking
When I saw it I couldn’t resist to think how it could be living in such a great place forever , calling it home! The emotion to wake up in an old restored tower & look around in one of the most breathtaking landscape of the world. So , as I can’t afford to buy … More Who wants to buy a breathtaking property in Tuscany?
I love my birtplace Pistoia, as a part of myself, althought I wanted to escape from her when I was young as I thought it was too small , too NOT open mind for the big dreams I had..after many years I fell in love with her just because I have been so fortunate … More Why Pistoia ? my interview to American expats who decided to live here.
Do you remember the film : “Portrait of a lady” directed by the great Jane Campion in 1996 with Nicole Kidman & John Malkovich? Some scenes have been played in this old palace in the heart of Lucca and finally it is open to public & the magnificent garden too, so I could visit it … More Lucca & Pfanner Palace : feeling as a princess like Nicole Kidman!
http://www.grandhotelsitea.it What does it make your visit in a new city an unforgettable & pleasent experience to be remembered forever ? In my opinion where you choose to stay is very important to determinate your first impression: the hotel or b&b or farmhouse ,becomes your home away from home for some nights & days so … More Where to stay in Turin with class: Grand Hotel Sitea ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Imagine a group of beautiful ladies from the States – headed by my dear friend Suzanne Stavinoha Waltz – sharing a stunning typical Tuscan villa “under the Tuscan sun” , on a green hilltop , in the countryside of Chianti area : amazing view, great landscape , vines & olives groves around it , aromatic … More Cooking class & sweet memories in a Chianti Tuscan villa
Are you travelling along Italy and are you going to stop in Firenze at Santa Maria Novella’s train station to change train and you have just one hour ? What a pity you have just such a short time to visit this beautiful city ,you are sad about it ,aren’t you? …😁😞☹️ I can … More What to see in Florence in just one hour!
Ever heard about “farro” ? it’s an old cereal used in the past on our mountains especially in the Lucca area , spelt in English. Since I was a child my grandmother told me about this special kind of “brown rice “she tasted by her friends in the Garfagnana district. At those times – about … More Ever tried farro beans soup ? a Tuscan traditional dish
Shoes are one of my passions since I was a child : my father was a footwear agent for the export market so I’ve had the chance to smell , see , touch & try many samples : from ballerinas to high heel pumps , sandals, boots, mules ….all of them made in Italy , … More MAASAI PROJECT sandals & bags by Pikolinos in Florence
Have a look to this old & noble private palace – Palazzo Caluri in the past – now offers rooms , suites & apartments for everyone who loves to live a special Tuscan experience in the city center of my birthplace, Pistoia. Love the name “locanda ” as it is what was been called … More Pistoia : a lovely old palace where to stay if you wish to visit my city
I couldn’t believe it was possible to create such an amazing, original Nativity with just common things as expired food , dried leaves,tea bags,seeds,eggs’ shells ,wahnuts ,garlic flowers used as small trees, old jumpers used as mountains , expired white flour as snow , pistaches’shells, plastic pins, orange zeist ? It has been a … More MadeinPistoia : an amazing eco-friendly Presepe (Nativity)
Every period of the year has its own typical food products & this is another one of these : called Pane dei Santi because in the past it was produced at home of by bakers during the end of October , beginning of November ( at that time Halloween wasn’t yet arrived in Italy )to … More Pan coi Santi : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?
A very very simple Tuscan cake everybody can do : for a perfect home breakfast ,dipped into hot milk or tea ,or as an afternoon break with a cup of coffee or after dinner or lunch with a glass of Vinsanto ( dessert wine from Tuscany) so, it doesn’t have to be very soft because … More MadeinPistoia : berlingozzo cake,sweet memories of the child I’ve been
What a better way to start a summer day than leaving our men on the beach & go to the market for some shopping & chats ? Nothing! So many original things on these stalls just in the small heart of , San Pantaleo , a village on the Emerald coast . During the summer … More Sardinia : shopping & fun ( for ladies only !)at the seaside market
Santa Teresa di Gallura is located in the Northen side of Sardinia: some doors are brand new, some still very old & it’s nice to see how much has changed this town year after year. Close to an old house you can find a smart coloured renovated one & in the middle, always gorgeous flowers … More Sardinia : Santa Teresa’s colours fascinate me!
Cannot resist to stop immaginating how can be the daily life behind the big doors & old gates : old buildings with an history , a prestigious past lived with noble duties & privileges … Nowadays how could be the life of people living inside these historical palaces? Just imagine the insides as I do … More Firenze : old portals & gates
An unforgettable sensorial experience that includes smell , taste & sight : visiting a small family run cheese factory on Pistoia’s hill. A slow food product called :’raw milk pecorino cheese ‘ entirely made with sheep milk not boiled, to preserve the aroma & the proprieties of the fresh milk . Hand made , organic … More MadeinPistoia : ever tasted warm ricotta cheese just made by a real shepherd ?
A typical big countryhouse restored & divided in flats in the outskirts of Pistoia , to host Italian & foreign people from everywhere . The owners , avery nice Tuscan couple, welcomes me opening the door of this beautiful house with brend new furnitures , handmade embrodery tapestry, every comforts including air cond in each … More Pistoia : Agriturismo San Rocco, a Tuscan farmhouse
Just close the beach a huge display of clothes & home decors items & …bees. & organc honey from the local mountains , Carrara marble comes from here , & lots of sun ☀️☀️ On Monday morning , every week of the year , enjoy!
Another reason to visit my beloved Pistoia : many doors have these interesting & different knockers that I love! Can’t wait to share them with you😉😍 have you got the same in your town? do you like them? I think they are so nice & each one tells me a different story about the palace/house … More Made in Pistoia : original old door knockers
I am going to tell you the story of ….. ….once upon a time there was a Tuscan girl who dreamt about living abroad & leave her small town for a big metropolis , as London, forgetting about her past & starting a new life far away from her birthplace… 30 years later this girl … More My Tuscany’s Tale: Volterra & 50 shades of green
In Italy every moment during the day , and at night too , is a good moment to have a stop by a BAR (typical Italian cafè) and sip a small cup of an espresso or a cappuccino or ginseng coffee or a barley coffee or a caffè macchiato ( with a milk spot : … More How to sip a good coffee as a real Italian!
I had The pleasure to visit The 26th edition of Antiche camelie della Lucchesia www.camelielucchesia.it last week end. Old villas with Beautiful gardens with many different kind of multicolour Camellias , a Camellietum That is an area created to preserve & conserve pre-1900 cultivars, The only tea plantation in Italy : Camellias Sinensis producing a Very Special … More Old Camellias exibition near Lucca , Tuscany
Pistoia is located in a stateglical place : about 50 km. From The coast on The beach & about 70 from The mountains Where We can sky. I ️️was at this market last Wednsday to Have a ️Look to The market located in The biggest square of The small village on The Tuscan cost. In … More Forte dei Marmi ~ Tuscany~ fab & glam Shopping at The market
Last Thursday I ️was by Palazzo Borghese in Florence to celebrate ImmagineItalia & Co. http://www.immagineitalia.org 8th
Dove : a Pistoia Presso : Ass.Culturale Il Funaro in via del Funaro ,16 http://www.ilfunaro.org Quando : domani 3 febbraio ore 21:00 – 22:30 primo incontro , (gli altri si terranno sempre di lunedì ) A cadenza settimanale , 8 lezioni con professionisti esperti di bon ton , portamento, cura e immagine personale , galateo … More Made in Pistoia : Il corso di Galateo & Lifestyle
Lisa welcomes you with a glass Of her wine : red Chianti from her wineyard Just behind her. Her grandfather & father started this passion 4 wine ,extravirgin olive oil & Vin Santo dessert wine ( That I love!😍❤️) many years ago when her grandfather bought this estate . Nowadays Lisa runs this beautiful Agriturismo … More A Real Tuscan farmhouse producing wine & Organic EVO
If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love’s sake only. Do not say ‘I love her for her smile—her look—her way Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’— For these things in … More ‘If you must love me, let it be for nought except for love’s sake only..’
Here are My friends so you can see their faces ( so satisfied and relaxed ) after Such a big meal !!!
The staff is always smiling and makes you feel at home
I have been living for a while in this street love to go back everytime I am in London to see how it changes with years Love the shops’ window so nice painted in different colours till I could I hope I will come again as this old lady to see what’s going on in … More LONDON , Great Russell Street and an old lady
Every window has a shape, different kind of flowers love this one with a touch of French on the top as a coffer who keeps the home’s secrets safe from others’ sights
Love London and its homes behind every door a different smile behind every gate an unique golden prison
Roots full of wrinkles as an old face, as my grandmother’s hands who could hold me and give me strenght and courage, as Tuscan farmers, as windy and rainy days, as when there were very hard times during the war with nothing to eat except what these plants and other ones could produce by themselves … More OUR ROOTS IN AN OLIVE TREE
Seeing where the famous writer stayed when she was in London was a great pleasure for me Love to discover old houses where writers,painters & any kind of artists lived in the past Behind each door another story, yes indeed, again a new dream
Love London ‘s doors, as you could imagined Love to think who is hidden behind them, their lives,their jobs, their loves Every door talks for them every door tells me a story
Feeling at home Can’t tell you how much I feel comfortable when I land to London airport : it’s always like a ‘ welcome home’ for me!I could say I feel as London town would recognise me , my footprints on the pavement I smile, yes, while I am waiting for the passport controll I … More LONDON – HOME