Winter Cheer Ups

There is nothing like a bouquet of flowers to cheer me up on “blah” days. In spring it is easy, and sometimes not even necessarily going to the florist to have a lovely bouquet in the house. See “Vases and Bouquets.” What About the Winter Months? Well, a nice plant could do the trick. Besides, […]

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Happy Birthday Sofia!

There is one SOFIA in italy. Sofia Loren the one the only! Sofia Scicolone was born in Rome in September 20th 1934. Her father (son of the marquis of Agrigento Scicolone Murillo) recognized the paternity of Sofia, whom he named after his own mother, however, he always refused to marry Sofia’s mother who, due to […]

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Mimí’s “Volare 🎶🎵”

Domenico Modugno was born in 1928 in Polignano a Mare. He is known for his 1958 song “Nel blu dipinto di blu“, perhaps best known simply as “Volare!” To Fly! It is perhaps one of the best known italian songs, just next to “O Sole Mio…” Because some of his very early songs were sung […]

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Caffè Corretto! (Corrected😄)

I like my Caffé short, no sugar, no milk, and simple. Caffé corretto was not my thing. However, just recently, while traveling thru the Marche Region, I let myself be tempted in trying “caffè corretto” with this [pictured] anise liqueur “Varnelli,” which, I was told is a specialty of the area. To my surprise it […]

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All the Italian Cookies…

Listing the cookies on the market in Italy is a though job. I thought I knew them all, either from the childhood memories, to nostalgic memories while living in the US, but when I tried to list them all I got lost. Definitely the main brand name is ”Mulino Bianco, ” (in France also called […]

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Retreating on a Venetian Island

To find simplicity. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to allocate time for ourselves, whether it be for exercise, meditation, prayer, relaxation, or anything else. A way to switch off, or maybe to recharge yourself with positive energy, a specific prayer, a moment of sharing with other people, to […]

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Don’t you Love Her Badly?

I’m talking about summer! Summer is for savoring and experiencing. But summer is also for the eyes. It means long days, more light, more outdoors. In summer I love to take pictures of all the bounty that is given to us by this generous season. The blooms, the fruits, and vegetables. I do feel healthier […]

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A Green-White-Red Dinner 🇮🇹

The 25th of April is an important date for Italy and the Italians that still remenber the year 1945.  Liberation Day 🇮🇹 It is the anniversary of the liberation of Italy (also called the Liberation Day) is a national holiday of the Italian Republic which occurs on April 25 of each year. This day marks the […]

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Vases & Bouquets

We all love a glass vase with some flowers on it. And now—Spring and Summer coming up next—we can have flowers to our heart content. I could never do the fancy Japanese arrangements, nor those 5-Stars Hotel Lobby arrangements—though I do envy them—but I do love a simple vase of flowers. From the most humble, […]

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When “Made in Italy” Was a Great

A New School of Fashion By the end of World War II, Italian fashion artists understood the desperate need for more accessible, comfortable, and yet equally refined and tailored collections. By the ‘59s names such Emilio Schuberth, Sorelle Fontana (the Fontana sisters), Contessa Simonetta Visconti, Roberto Capucci, and Alberto Fabiani from Rome, Jole Veneziani of […]

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The Joys of Recycling♻️♻️♻️

Intimissimi (the word “intimissimi” means VERY intimate), is an Italian clothing label founded in 1996, which specializes in lingerie, and pyjamas for women (and men). Intimissimi clothing was sold through Victoria’s Secret’s in a third-party partnership arrangement. In 2007, this partnership was expanded to sell Intimissimi in 240 Victoria’s Secret stores. In 2015, model Shlomit Malka became the face of Intimissimi. She led the […]

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