Every day I observe and compare the difference of the two countries I love. One the most industrial and successful in the world, America, and the other the most creative and artistic, Italy. Viewing the two devices one can easily guess their country. One clue is function versus artistic style. The other clue is a portable urinal versus the pappagallo ( the parrot) . A hospital patient said one is best for wine the other for water.
Love family gatherings. Twenty eight from Israel came to enjoy a week at Villa Lucia. Great memories and new friends have so enriched our life in Tuscany. Thank you Hanna for bringing your family to us.
Bathrooms in private homes in Italy in general are immaculate, Why do many in public places look lost without their toilet seat? This questioned was left unanswered until one of our seats broke at our Villa in Tuscany and I had to find a suitable seat to attach to its porcelain base. My search led me to bathroom shops throughout Tuscany. Many looked ok until trying to match the boltholes. After two months of a search, hesitating to replace the entire unit, I began to understand the reason as I yanked out the remaining bolts and put the broken seat in my car to be sure to have it available for a match.
Questioning proprietors of public locations I learned that questioning cleanliness of the seat, people tend to stand on the seat, cracking it . This being the reason proprietors decide to eliminate the seat all together after various breakings on the same seat. It was hard for me to accept this answer, but realized after questioning many that gave me the same response that it may be true.
But my conclusion resulting from my search is that Italians in their innate ability to find beauty or create it along with their passion for sculpture channel all their frustrations for beauty even into the toilet seat, with little consideration for its replacement. In California when needing to replace a seat I had a choice of two or three which brought me immediately to a replacement. In Italy my search led me to hundreds of beautiful designs of curved, squared, oval, round seats of which none would match the bolts on my porcelain base. Being a private home I could not abandon my search as proprietors of public facilities may do, and join those that go seatless. Eventually not able to find a replacement I replaced the entire unit and decided to have all future replacements match the one I found which prove to be most practical, popular, functional and least attractive. It may have been designed by an amateur Italian scultore but it served well its purpose, Strangely enough it never has suffered a crack in the seat.
Two amazing chefs, Cyrus and Pervin Todiwals, teamed up with other chefs to cook for the Queen for her Jubilee. When first visiting us at Villa Lucia four years ago, we had no idea of their celebrity status. A great friendship developed. After many attempts to accept an invitation to meet them in one of their 4 restaurants, we finally were able to join them for Iranian and Zoroastrian New Years Feast on March 20th 2017 at their Café Spice Namaste Restaurant in London. What a feast. What an amazing couple. What an honor to be with them. If you like Indian food be sure to visit them. The Queen seeks out the very best.
Great week having fun, eating , drinking, shopping and visiting artisans in Tuscany.