Still remember one of the first Pistoiablues in 1983 : I was still a teenager & never seen before a concert in the Duomo square of my city ! The most impressive thing to me was the very different kind of people coming from everywhere in Italy & from abroad with long hair & long … More Pistoia: tomorrow starts 37th edition of PistoiaBlues Festival & it’s live music in town!
This is Meleto castle www.castellomeleto.it in the Chianti district & of course the symbol of the Chianti Classico , the black rooster , was on the bottles we opened & tasted! The castle dates back Middle Age & the Ricasoli ‘s family owned it for many years,at the present the property has changed . There is … More Tasting Tuscan Chianti wine in a castle dated 1256!
When I was a student this was my library & it was the only one in Pistoia .forteguerriana.comune.pistoia.it All the past generations have studied here surronded by these old shelves full of handmade old books & some of them also written by hands! Founded in 1473 after the Cardinal Niccoló Forteguerri ‘s death who decided … More Pistoia : Forteguerriana library dated 1473 it’s one of the oldest in Italy.
Have you ever heard about this part of Sardinia island? It is just in the middle of the island near the beautiful town of Nuoro and Cala Gonone, on the coast with its stunning clifts on the emerald sea. I’ve been here to visit a friend who lives here and I loved Orgosolo , the … More Sardinia’s heart : Orgosolo , no seaside… but murales!
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
Since I was a child my mother used to stop here for a cappuccino , an espresso or an aperitivo & for me a hot chocolate topped with swipped cream , if in winter time , in summer a fresh organge juice😉 I was very young but I was able to feel that it was … More Florence : Gilli Caffè since 1733 a must in Firenze
In Via del Parione, 28-32/R ,just at the beginning of this street almost on the corner with the most fashionable street , Via Tornabuoni ,near palazzo Spini Feroni that hosts the Ferragamo’s shoes museum & its boutique , you can find the Florian Café , founded in Venice in 1720. http://www.caffeflorian.com Daniel , the kind … More Florian café : not just in Venice but in Florence too!
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
So many different kind of cakes, pastries, sweet bread with canded fruits typical 4 Easter time & Lovely old cafè that , as You know ,I love! Lisbon is a real Heaven 4 people like me Who can’t resist to taste everything that looks so attractive to eyes…😍😍😍 I travelled until Belem just to visit … More My Lisbon : in Belem an old patisserie since 1837
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
Piazza del Duomo square Seen from My Bank , Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the oldest Bank in The world ~ founded in 1472 ~ looks like a painting , an old postcard . Since The middle age This square was a meeting point for merchants and it was the perfect location For an Open … More Pistoia seen by a privilegiated view!
Yesterday, I had The chance to meet friends I didn’t see since ages The occasion was the the presentation of The first book wrote by Alessandro Bonan born in Pistoia and now living in Milan. Such a strong feeling seeing so many old friends together! It brought me back to My twenties when we had … More When a friend writes a book
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
This is an original secret receipe hand it down from one mother superior to another. Dated back to the XII century it is composed by a mix of herbal infusion . It is a strengthening liqueur with a very percentage of alchol. Do you remember the Pinocchio’s tale? When Pinocchio arrived – almost dead – … More MadeinPistoia: ROSOLIO MADE BY NUNS
Such a wonderful entrance by LIBERTY’s store Love flowers and love Liberty for the wonderful old setting with woods all over (stairs,pavement,fornitures) You may have the feeling of being welcomed in an elegant English palace who opens its doors just for you Have you ever had an afternoon tea here ?
Old books , the flea-market in Lucca : they brought me back to the school times, old times, nice memories, English books so charming to me..
An old typing machine ‘Olivetti’ had one when I was a child , always loved writing with it.
Bronzi from Riace Replica by Salvadori Arte Pistoia