Tuesday, 8 January 2019

This is what happened in Cremona


Ever been to Cremona? Neither did I until we decided to choose the city
 for our usually journey after Christmas
 

About 70.000 inhabitants, in the North of Italy, less than 3 hours by car from where I live
Ancient buildings of extraordinary beauty 


Which tell the story of my country.


It was the first going-out for my new Obag!
( with fake fur of course)


The wether was very cold indeed with temperatures around the 0°C for all the day 


There were some fog too.


Luckily we had  many places which inside were wort  visiting 


Among them many churches that  in Italy really are like museums, with masterpieces of great value!


It was only on the last day of our staying when we (at last) saw the sun again...
So ... I took my coat off!!


( but I wasn't brave enough to take off the  sleeveless puffet I was wearing underneath )


Hope you had a warmer weather...

Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas is Magic


And so here came Christmas  again


A magic time when  my city  puts on its most sparkling dress


And also my favourite pastry looks very different!


At home the sitting room has been decorated ...


... And  presents took place on the settle chest, waiting  tomorrow ...


But before tomorrow comes 
 I  do wish all of my dear friends 
 a Very Merry Christmas !


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Man in The Iron Mask


With Autumn, the  celebrations for the Man in The Iron Mask are back And I was ready to enjoy the days!
Mild temperatures allowed to still wear  t-shirts.


On Sunday I found a good place in the square to see the entrance of the main character. 
(According to the tradition he was Luis XIV secret twin who had been prisoned in Savoy )


Well, as I said I was wearing a t-shirt, but  my outfit needed something sparkling for the occasion
( hence, I matched the top to a midi skirt with decorations )


After all, there were the most beautiful dames in their gorgeous period costumes around!!


I made a pair of earrings with beads in a pale shade of light blue and filigrane 


Which would have been nice with one of  these berets and the lady's costume! 


I was wearing a very festive pair of shoes
( they are from soft velvet for extra comfort )


The show went on with extra  characters  telling the whole story for two days


In the afternoon I put on a jacket with funny  (fake) hairy pockets
Which probably I already posted somewhere last year


I wanted to stay until late ( when the release of the mysterious prisoner was scheduled )
and it was becoming chilly


The story inspired the movie The Man in the Iron Mask  a 1998 American action drama film directed, produced, and written by Randall Wallace, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio .


At the end of the day I said  bye bye to the Three  Musketeers ...  until next year! 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Sweet pepper Festival!




 When the holidays are over and you are about to start working again you probably are not in your best mood, right?
What to do then to improve it?


Well, in my opinion a new pair of shoes can always help to cross the blues
:-)


As well as  a visit to a nearby city for the Pepper Festival ..
So, off we went! 


In the city  there was also an exhibition of old cars
( here I posed next to a "Topolino" Fiat car which I think is so cute!)



Being the surroundings known for the quality  peppers which are there cultivated, cars had been decorated with the vegetables )


And shop windows too.


There was  an open air market with regional products where I bought canape bread, some bakery goods, a pistachio sauche for dressing pasta, and a bottle of extra virgin olive oil from Rieti.
Of course I couldn't miss to buy some peppers too!


Oh, yes! I think there will probably  be some cooking in my future ...

Thursday, 16 August 2018

A different kind of holiday!



I spent part of the summer at my second home by the sea 
and then some days at Orta by the beautiful lake.
When we went back home my husband was ready for another time by the sea but I wasn't.
At the end I made up my mind to stay at home 


The fact is that we have recently moved house and I desired enjoying my new flat for a week before going back to work!


What did I do? 


I ate a lot of sushi and watermelon 


Went to the supermarket with  Grillo
(Isn't it cute that they allow him to come in a dedicated cart?)


Had relaxing breaks for a coffee 
( life is so hard, why don't slow down now and then?  )


I red some good novels comfortably sat  on my favourite armchair...


Of course I made a new necklace ...
( Have you ever noticed how long is the day when you are alone?)


Being alone I had plenty of time for everything I like , also for a walk in the city!


It definitely was a different kind of holiday! 

Thursday, 26 July 2018

About last week



Last week I decided for some days next to Orta lake 


I posted from there already last year, so you can recognize the place 


It's a charming touristic resort that I love 


For the beauty of nature around and quietness 


The light there is of a extraordinary sharpness


That allow you to take good quality photos too !!


This time I brought my old parents with me
as I wanted to thank them for always giving me a happy life


And giving them some joy back.


We had nice days ...