Saturday, February 21, 2009

Italy around the house

Those who know me know I am obsessed with Italy, especially the Fleur di Lis, which, although French, is the symbol of the city of Florence. I lived in Florence during college and have deep loyalty to it! I first went to Italy when I was 15 and remember the minute I stepped off the train and into Venice I felt at home. I have felt that way about Italy every since. I go back as often as possible, which is never often enough. Our last trip was a year and a half ago and I miss Italy terribly! Here is how I try to keep Italy close during the long stretches in between trips:

Paintings bought in Florence of Florence and poppies

Photo of Chianti bottles and paintings of the Tuscan countryside

photos of the Tuscan countryside. The saying Live well, Laugh often, Love Much

A wine bottle bought in Florence and fleur de Lis book stand

Fleur di lis pots and a book on Tuscany by Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun)

more fleur di lis stuff and Deruta pottery
More Deruta pottery and our stovetop esspress maker.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Good Photo Hunting

Here are the latest in my photo hunt submissions for Slowtrav:
Theme: worldwide-shopping

This is a picture of Bella on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, admiring the jewelry.

Theme: Italy- lunchtime

This picture is of Ryan, Riley and Val, eating pizza in San Gimignano, Italy

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ryan's new digs

Congratulations to Ryan! He was hired yesterday to be the Executive Chef of Summerwood Inn and Winery!
I have never been to Summerwood, but have driven by it many times and it looks gorgeous!

Ryan is excited to get back to doing what he loves in a beautiful location.

He starts the 18th of February.
Anyone hungry?