Goodbye, Summer

DSC_0289-685x1024Wow…this summer really flew by! I’m sure for you, too.

As I look back on some of my favorite moments and places of the past 3 months, I am reminded of how much I love the summer season. The hydrangeas that finally came through. A trip of a lifetime to the Amalfi Coast. Small gatherings with friends. Lots and lots of time in the garden. A delightful visit to Newport. New Italian dishes and pottery. And a glass (or two) of champagne. Here’s a look back at the summer of 2017.DSC_0346-685x1024 DSC_0352-1024x685 DSC_0362-685x1024 DSC_0381-1024x686 DSC_0400-685x1024 DSC_0410-1024x685 DSC_0421-e1501791621124-686x1024 DSC_0426-701x1024 DSC_0461-738x1024 DSC_02721-748x1024 DSC_02751-1024x726DSC_03661-1024x685DSC_04991-882x1024 IMG_3543-768x1024 IMG_3581-768x1024 IMG_3628-e1499804690777-768x1024 IMG_3729-e1499804538998-768x1024IMG_4034-768x1024 IMG_4038-1024x768I’m going to take this last week to savor the final moments of summer and get my sons ready for school. I hope that your summer was filled with beautiful memories, too! Good thing there’s a lot to look forward to for Fall!

See you in September!

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Italian Pottery & Murano Glass

DSC_0448I was haunted by the Italian pottery I didn’t buy when I was in Rome a few years back. So, this summer, I was intent on finding some on our trip to the Amalfi Coast.

My travel advisor, Sandy, gave me the heads up that there was a wonderful place in Ravello, which was our first stop. I found Ceramiche Cosmolena and narrowed down my choices to 6 colorful, whimsical place settings that can all be mixed and matched.

What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the Murano glasses used at the Belmond Caruso. Made specifially for their Ravello and Venice hotels, these glasses were each like little works of art. I took photos of my new Italian dishes (which were being shipped home) to the boutique at Belmond Caruso and narrowed down the beautiful array of colors to 2 white, 2 turquoise and 2 orange, which would complement the pottery.

The dishes arrived first – not a single one was broken – and the glasses arrived this week. There was one casualty, but it is being replaced, so I will soon have my entire collection. Perfect for our kitchen table or outside on the patio, I almost hate to cover them up with food!DSC_0449DSC_0454DSC_0467DSC_0455 DSC_0457 DSC_0461DSC_0465DSC_0464DSC_0466DSC_0468Sometimes the best reminders of an amazing experience are ones that you can incorporate into your every day!

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Italy Part 4: Positano

IMG_3588As I’m sitting down to write this post, it occurs to me that this is less a post about Positano than a love letter to Le Sirenuse. Oh, how I love this hotel!

We arrived via boat to the view you see below. You can recognize Le Sirenuse as the red hotel, trimmed in white, just to the right of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, above Marina Grande Beach. It is quite a sight! Bustling, busy and full of life, this is the heart of Positano. A porter came to get our bags and we were off on the winding paths and staircases that led to our hotel. It was a wondeerful way to arrive, as we immediately got a feel for this quaint, seaside town.

Le Sirenuse just “gets” details. Everything from the ashtrays to the towels has their signature mermaids. Upon arrival, we enjoyed a delightful lunch on the poolside terrace, overlooking this view. Then, we were by the lemon tree lined pool. Mind you, it’s not a large pool, but it was a delightful temperature and the staff takes care of every need.

Shopping was not huge on my list, as we had done a little of that in Ravello and Capri, but I had to make a stop at the highly regarded Emporio Le Sirenuse. The designer and creative mind behind this trio of shops (one for men, one for women, one for home) is Carla Sersale, part of the owning family of Le Sirenuse. She has curated and designed a beautiful line of clothing and brought in accessories that you won’t see everywhere. Of course, I wanted everything!

Our welcome was incredible. From the warm greeting at the front desk and the refreshing welcome drink (lemon, of course)… to the champagne and gourmet goodies waiting in our room. We ate at their restaurants both nights – originally out of convenience and because we wanted to try both the formal dining and the Champagne & Lobster bar (no surprise there, right?). Every meal was amazing.

We ventured off on Day 2 on one of the hotel’s boats to the island of Nerano for lunch at the famed Conca del Sogno. Mentioned in an earlier post, this is the spot that 2 friends said we could not miss and I’m so glad we didn’t. Arriving by boat is half the fun and the zucchini spaghetti was out of this world! You can sunbathe if you like, but we just enjoyed lunch, so you could easily go just for that.IMG_3562IMG_3580IMG_3581 IMG_3607 IMG_3632IMG_3604 IMG_3610

IMG_3623 IMG_3612positanoIMG_3619IMG_3628 IMG_3733 IMG_3729IMG_3630IMG_3698IMG_3716IMG_3719We didn’t get to everything that we had hoped to. Which is a wonderful reason to return some day (which my husband says he might consider!). Here are the places that were highly recommended, but will have to wait on another visit.

Chez Black (for dinner), Restaurant Max (for dinner), Il San Pietro (for drinks or to stay) and Da Adolfo (for lunch).

Huge thanks go to my wonderful friend and travel advisor, Sandy Grodsky. I have no doubt that certain elements of our trip were made better because of her personal attention to detail! You can follow her love of travel at @youmaybewandering!

Positano, two days weren’t enough….we were just getting to know one another. I hope that we will meet again and get better acquainted!

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