Sardinia : a real paradise on earth


Don’t need too  words to describe this wild , stunning place : this is the view from my balcony , an explosion of colours and green that  leads you immediately in the mood of relax and peace….and the strong  wind! 

A wind typical of this northen area of Sardegna ,that brings you sea’s scent , flowers and plants aromas & confused your hair & thoughts because here is really another world made of simple , pure elements that only in here you can feel you  belong to them too

Enjoy!

   
    
    
    
 

Sardegna : my love affair , my summer retreat


A big marvellous island almost in front of Tuscany , into the Mediterranean sea , with amazing white and pink beaches, rocks & scented mulicolours flowers ,bougaivillae , eucalyptus , mirto …simply wild nature !
Only blue sky & blue sea around you : when you are on the beach you can imagine to be in a Paradise
and this has been my summer house since I was ten : I spent here almost all my holidays & now that I am older I can’t miss my rendez-vous with it every July as my daughter loves this place as I do,my husband too : my old friends became my husband friends , their children are my children’s friends et… l’ histoire se répète every summer.
Meeting them in this amazing place made me feel young as the first time I saw this clean sea & fell in love with its windy air and its goodies , its people , its secret heart made of undiscovered treasures.
Enjoy !

Pistoia’s hills : lunch by Zummo cheese house & much more…


Looking for a cooler  location where to have a good lunch & chats with my friends Rossella & Francesca we drove about 45 minutes on the Pistoia’s mountains direction ….Pavana!

Just next door  to the  Zummo trattoria there is the Savigni butcher shop  

www.savigni.comwho provides great hams, salami & charchuterie .Pairing these delicious meats with different kind of cheese ( blue cheese, goat fresh one ,raw sheep pecorino…)it has really  been  a paradise on earth for foodies as we are😉

The trattoria is a kind of cheese shop with an annex  with some tables to eat & taste their products .

Desserts are homemade & the cheesecake was a unforgettable creamy soft slice , not too sweet ,a very balanced flavour.

For a starter ,a pasta dish, dessert &   water , no wine ! , espresso coffee  = 27 ,00 euro per person, not bad at all 😉👍

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Pistoia : an exaordinary shopping night for sales !


A wonderful time in Pistoia yesterday night : from 9 :00 pm until over midnight all the shops showed  their clothes & items  outside the door on the street & celebrate the sales’ beginning!

Some shops were so beautiful, live music in the street & lots of people enjoying shopping & fresher night air 😍😍😍 

Summertime is great when you can stay outside for dinner & have fun with shopping & friends , it looks like we are on holidays… with an icecream & lots of chats 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

    
    
    
    
    
    
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Firenze : Grand Hotel Minerva a roof with a view ( & swimmingpool) 


Just behind the train station, in one of the most magic square of Florence , Piazza Santa Maria Novella, a 4 star hotel with a wonderful view on Florence !

Just have a look what  I saw from the roof ….

www.grandhotelminerva.com
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
  

Firenze : “House of excellences” top quality temporary mall  


In an historical beautiful  palace that was the Florence Court , now hosts an exibition related to the Expo 2015 with Florentine excellent handcrafted products.

Free entrance for a stunning location with different kind of items , from necklaces in leather  to chocolate , shoes & much more, enjoy 😍😍😍😍

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Made in Pistoia :  “the green & the city ” yes , we can ! just 4 one day in Pistoia


To celebrate my birthday what a better place than being  my birthtown with a green , fresh  carpet of grass in the city’s heart?

For just one day ,until midnight , as in Cindarella’s tale Pistoia was a green island in the so called ‘Sala’ imagedisimagetrict where is the city’s movida every week end.

This edition not only a zoo but yoga too & poems  hanging from the trees , an artistic exibition of original dresses made with newspaper & pic pic during the day!image image

Visited it early in the morning & could enjoy it with few people, at night it was really crowded.

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Pistoia: on Orsigna’s  hills having lunch in an old  mill 


“MOlino”  is the word we use to say mill in Tuscany “MUlino “is the correct Italian word😉

So, yesterday I was in an old mOlino  for lunch looking for fresh air & a cooler temperature as in the city it is too hot this summer😁🌴🌴☀️☀️☀️

The food was so good & the location just over a small   river called Orsigna so charming , I had to share my picts with you!

in about 40 minutes driving from Pistoia we find ourselves in such a paradise …a silent  & peaceful place to relax & spend a birthday party : mine !!!

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Where do you try  shoes at the market ? on the floor , of course! 

Usually on a piece of paper  so the soles will stay clean 👍😉

So funny to try a pair of shoes in the street! Everybody can watch at you( as I did this morning & took some picts without been seen )bare feet & shoes , the right one is black , the left white  …will they buy them? or …..

“girls just wanna  have fun !”

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Such a nice village with great view over the river & with very fresh air : in summer time is full of tourists & locals from Lucca or from the seaside , Viareggio or Forte dei Marmi.

Loved the old doors & the Carrara marble fountain at the hamlet village .

Many Italo – American people have roots in this area : many Italians emigrated in the last century in various States  to find a better job & life .

Nowadays  many of them have a second home  in this this area ( my friends from New Mexico usually come here at least two times per year enoying this beautiful place! )

Enjoy my picts ! 

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Florence :  Elisabeth Barret Browning house museum – love story &  poems, an Italian life


Finally after many years I was able to visit this special museum I ‘ve only seen on internet .

Such a great emotion to discover Elisabeth ‘s books, fornitures & letters, her bed & seeing frim the same  view she could see from her balcony😍😍😍

The great love for her husband , the poet Robert Browing, brought her to Florence with him ,leaving England , London , and her family  to live with her beloved Robert who wasn’t very much liked by her father..so it was a love escape!

So in 1845 they got married & moved  to Florence living in this house called Casa Guidi just close to palazzo Pitti .

I loved so much reading some lovely  letters written by Elisabeth about FOOD in Firenze , so interesting reading about Chianti wine she drunk & coffee , coffee coffee!!!👏👏👏She had great time in Italy & lived just like a real Italian , or I should say a real Tuscan lady 😉

She died in Florence in 1861 & buried in the English Cemetery in Piazzale Donatello in Firenze .
This sonnet  is one of her most  known , hope you will love it !❤️❤️❤️

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 themselves, Beloved, may 

Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought, 

May be unwrought so. Neither love me for 

Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,— 

A creature might forget to weep, who bore 

Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby! 

But love me for love’s sake, that evermore 

Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.