Hello, my name is Arlene Antoinette Gibbs and I have a Sicily problem. It’s bad. Every time I go, i wish I could stay longer. There’s so much of the island I haven’t seen yet, for example the entire West Coast, the interior, and other islands like Stromboli, Lampedusa, etc. etc. This time I was … Continue reading My Return to Sicily
First, I’ve just returned to Rome from a business trip to the States and the Caribbean. Below are some random observations: Los Angeles traffic continues to get worse. How is this possible. Target is great. J.Crew. What is happening? I’ve been a fan since the 80s. Something is amiss. Why is Ben and Jennifer’s former … Continue reading Life in Rome – This Time I am Ready for Ferragosto
I’ve read about La Bandita, a country house near Pienza and have seen photos of it in various shelter magazines/design articles. A little over a year ago, John Voigtmann and his wife Ondine Cohane opened La Bandita Townhouse converting a former convent in center of Pienza into a 12-room boutique hotel. My friend Gillian and husband … Continue reading Design Inspiration – La Bandita Townhouse – Pienza, Tuscany
Anguilla is quite the A-list celebrity/VIP destination these days. However, the small island has managed to retain it’s relaxed, quiet charm. My most recent piece for FATHOM Magazine went live today. ANGUILLA – I wish I could say I have always appreciated this beautiful island. That would be untrue. When my family moved from … Continue reading Io Adoro – Anguilla, British West Indies
Over the summer my friend Annie invited me to spend the weekend at her in-laws. They live in Fiuggi. It’s only an hour south of Rome but at least a good ten degrees cooler. I happened to visit during Fiuggi’s sagra. It was outstanding. When a large group of people started to do the Electric … Continue reading Castello Di Fumone – Design Inspiration, An Imprisoned Pope, and Drowned Non Virgins.
I’ve been to Bologna once before for a very quick day trip with friends. This time I went for work. Bologna is consistently rated as one the most liveable cities on the planet. The cuisine is amazing, there are many companies based in the area in a variety of sectors, and a well educated population … Continue reading Buon Viaggio – Bologna, Italy
“Soon Come.” This Caribbean expression is very similar to the Italian word, domani. Technically, domani means tomorrow, but in Italy it could mean months or years from now. The concept of time is very different. Soon come is the same thing. “When is your tio (uncle) visiting from the States?” “Soon come.” When I was a … Continue reading Work In Progress – Beach House – Anguilla, British West Indies
My friend, Erica, has written a more in-depth post on Huffington Post about Rome based apps. I’m writing about my top three. I receive a lot of e-mails asking me where to eat in Rome. I love to cook and have my favorite restaurants, but I’m by no means an expert. Instead, I suggest people … Continue reading Traveling To Rome? You Need These Apps.
My first trip to southern France was incredible. My friend’s boss invited me to join them on his yacht. At first I wasn’t sure about going since I didn’t have a film at the festival and I had nothing to wear. I like to have a plan. What exactly would I do in Cannes? My … Continue reading Buon Viaggio – Cannes and St. Tropez
I went to Cannes last week for the film festival as a guest of my friend’s boss. I cannot get this song out of my head. It plays during the trailer of the new Wes Anderson movie, “Moonrise Kingdom”, which was the opening film of the festival. The first time I saw the trailer I … Continue reading Flashback: Françoise Hardy – Le Temps De L’Amour