I went to Florence for the first time during my second vacation in Italy. I stayed for a couple of days. My second trip was a few years later during the first month I lived in Italy. I couldn’t wait to leave both times. The second trip was over nine years ago and I believed … Continue reading I Used to Hate on Florence, Italy.
One of my friends, who owns a boutique travel agency in Italy, told me that finding four star hotels in Rome is difficult. She said there are great options at the five-star high-end level and at the economical end but there are too many four-stars that are really a three- star at best. Enter Le … Continue reading Life in Rome – Mini-break at Le Méridien Visconti Hotel
I stopped practicing yoga over fifteen years ago after I seriously injured my right wrist. I was taking “Power Yoga” classes and I don’t think I paid enough attention to what was going on with my body. I couldn’t focus long enough in class. My mind was always racing, thinking about all the things … Continue reading Eat, Pray, Move – Tuscany
This museum is not in the Historic Center but located in the dynamic and funky Ostiense neighborhood. It has been on my list for years and I finally visited it recently with my friend, Marta. We loved it. I saw a spread in American Vogue that had used the museum as a backdrop, so I … Continue reading Life in Rome – Centrale Montemartini Museum, an Ancient and Modern Mix
The Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Located south of Siena, it’s home to some of the most gorgeous vistas in Italy. I cannot wait to return. The first night we stayed at La Bandita. We arrived just in time to drive back down the steep hill to … Continue reading A Weekend in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia Region
My apologies for the radio silence. Work has been bonkers. One of my clients moved back to the States. She was a high-ranking diplomat and her term was up. We needed to organize a major international move for someone who had lived in Rome for quite some time. My trip to La Bandita was the … Continue reading Design Inspiration – La Bandita Countryhouse
Darryl Carter‘s boutique was on my list of must sees during my trip to Washington, DC last month. I’ve read about it and seen many photos of it. Yet, I was not ready! Mr. Carter is one of my favorite interior designers. He usually works with neutral palettes and I love his modern take on … Continue reading Design Inspiration – Darryl Carter’s Boutique, Washington, DC