Saturday, September 28, 2013

Orange inspiration in Venice

Walking through the streets of Venice a few days ago I saw one of those looks you just want to have.
A very casually elegant woman in chambray shirt, beige capris, orange suede shoes, orange handbag and orange sweater draped over her shoulders.
You would think this might be a little over coordinated but it certainly wasn't. I confess I was completely obsessed with finding some orange accessories to lift my very classically conservative,my daughter might say boring , capsule wardrobe.

Photos Polyvore and google images.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cooking class in Bellagio

I have always wanted to have a cooking class in Italy and this week I made it happen.

With my mother and another person from Australia we were taught by a lovely Italian woman by the name of Silvana.

We started with a shopping expedition  to buy the local produce.

The food is all so fresh and delicious and it was great to have Silvana explain what to buy.

We then walked back with our produce to start cooking

We were served a delicious glass of Prosecco to start with.

The Menu

Oven dried tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil
Parmigiana with aged balsamic
Ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach 
served with sage butter and a light red local wine


We sat and ate our delicious lunch under a vine covered terrace.

For bookings contact Silvana at Il Cortiletto Bellagio 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Water gardens

This morning we walked through the gardens of Villa Melzi on Lake Como for our morning walk.

The spectacular setting makes it impossible to replicate.

The garden is set on a steep hill flowing down to the  lake.

Pictures cannot adequately capture the magnificence of this garden.

Lunch in Como

You may be forgiven for thinking all I do on holidays is lunch. 
We are now staying on Lake Como in Italy and had lunch today with good friends who are now locals in the area, they recommended this restaurant in Como Pane e Tulipani. The food was divine and the interior was relaxed and rustic with an abundance of roses and local produce displayed on window sills.

Definitely worth putting on your list if visiting Como.
Photos from Just one

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lunch in Avignon

A favourite restaurant we love to visit in Avignon is Vernet 83,
The setting is divine in a central courtyard surrounded by beautiful architecture.

It appears to be where the smart French "do" lunch. The food is as good as the people watching and the fashion is always stylish.

The interior dining areas are also very beautiful with cleverly understated design.

Photos from trip adviser.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Provençal retreat

What a treat to return to Provence. I think I am definitely a country girl at heart and appreciate again the privilege of living in the wide open spaces in Australia.

We are enjoying exploring the region around Les Baux, wandering the streets of St Remy and driving through the Camargue.
We discovered a wonderful hotel here designed in the Cote de Bastide style.
Lots of faded linens set against chalky stone.

All this with Les Allpilles in the background. what a backdrop !

All photos from their website.