America versus Italy

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.


Yoga plus at Villa Lucia !

September brought us two yoga groups from California.  Denise Stanek, aesthetician for Dr. Jon Grazer and yoga instructor brought her  group of yogis from Newport Beach for a week. Although busy with morning and afternoon yoga classes the group still found time for visits to the marble mines in Carrara and to the beautiful  fishing villages of Cinque Terre.

Following the Newport Beach ladies came our desert yogis led by Luciana Lo Presto returning for the second time, this time  with  her daughter Ann Lucia that added more fun to the week . Along with yoga  they enjoyed a culinary tour in Modena, experiencing  the making of  parmigiana, and balsamic,  a tour and lunch at a winery and bicycling along the walls of Lucca.


Both  great yoga teachers  said they would love to return.  Villa Lucia invites all instructors to come and join us and bring your group for yoga plus  in Tuscany.  I  was always in the kitchen but did get out once for a midnight, under the stars, candles on our greenbelt, relaxing session.  Loved our great ladies and especially the new friendships that have been made which have given me a treasure chest of wonderful new memories some which you can see in this video.


Octoberfest in Italy

It may be better in Germany but thanks to globalization, now we can celebrate Octoberfest in Italy.  OK instead of bratwurst 10 lamb kabobs on the stick will have to do, You can see I have  2 down and 7 to go:  Dog gone  it, Jorge stole one again.


As for beer, a cold pint is good anywhere. Jorge and Ricardo did not need Germany to down  ummmm a few pints.


Laila learning italian while cooking frittata

IMG_0434I am back to my computer and life at Villa Lucia after spending a fantastic 6 months living in Florence with my 15 year old granddaughter , Laila. Since my life centers in the kitchen it was fun to help teach her some Italian verbs while cooking with grandma and grandpa. Not easy learning a new language . So proud of her. Now she is back in New York . We miss her and her great frittatas.

See part of the video on facebook. Villa Lucia


Villa Lucia B and B Stories Continue

Two of our female guests were to meet a Sig.  Gerrari at the RR Station in Bologna for a business meeting. Before they departed  by train to Bologna we discussed  at Villa Lucia how  Italians greet one another  by kissing both cheeks, and how ladies often make the first gesture.  When they arrived back at Villa Lucia they told me and our guests that when arriving  in Bologna they noticed a young sexy man staring at them who  appeared to be waiting for them to take them to their meeting.

italian gesture

With big smiles and happy faces,  Judy and Faith took turns giving the man a warm embrace  along with the social italian kissing  gesture they learned . Kissee Kissee, kissing him on both cheeks. Without a  word spoken they were surprised to see the young man smiling from ear to ear  board the train as it was pulling away from the station waving thank you to both ladies. They were so embarrassed that they took a taxi to their destination and left the real Sig, Gerrari  who was waiting in his car for the lovely ladies and who they never got to meet.