Keeping in line with the Valentine’s Day theme and also with my Italy obsession for 2011, I decided to include a boutique luxury hotel, (which I recommend by the way), located in the heart of Verona, Italy.
In case there are a handful of people who are wondering what Verona has to do with Valentine’s Day theme, well I am here to tell you that Verona is not only one of the most romantic cities in the world, but it is also the hometown of Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet (just in case I wasn’t clear enough). Of course their story goes without saying, but just in case I need to clarify, it is the most famous love story ever told by William Shakespeare and many tourist go to Verona just to pay homage to that fact.
What’s so interesting is that this particular property shares a courtyard with Juliet’s house. In fact, it has a view of the famous balcony where Romeo expressed his undying love and devotion to Juliet.
The hotel is called Il Sogno Di Giulietta. ( Juliet’s Dream) and although the courtyard is a tourist trap during the day, at night the gates are closed to the public so that the guests could have their privacy. So if you appreciate the renaissance period as much as I do and want to give your partner the ultimate romantic vacation, surprise her this Valentine’s Day with a travel dossier containing a week’s trip to Verona, Italy and a stay at Il Sogno De Giulietta, I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Have a great weekend!
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Tagged anniversary celebration, christmas gift ideas, love story, romance and love, romantic getaways, romantic holiday, rome
As promised I am including some of my favorite luxury and also boutique hotels for Italy. This particular five-star property, the Parco Dei Principi, is located in the heart of Rome, near the Villa Borghese park and in my opinion a wonderful place to stay in order to detox from the realities of every day life.
To me, as I have stated before, hotels must be romantic or charming in order for me to feel like I am truly on vacation or holiday (as some would say) and although some of these properties are a bit pricy, the experience of staying in this particular one will be most memorable – take my word for it.
Have a great weekend!
I didn’t start drinking coffee until I hit 40-somthing. I guess I was naturally hyper enough in my younger days and didn’t need the stimulant to jump-start me. But now, if I don’t have a cup of coffee in the morning, I simply cannot get in gear. I try some days to not have a cup and I am okay with it, but by the next day I feel it is somewhat crucial to down a cup.
I love to explore unique coffee shops, especially while traveling and often times settle on out of the norm places, because of the type of coffee they use to create their blends, the style in which the coffee is served, and the ambiance and decor. The type of music emanating from their speakers helps as well.
My favorite coffee shops are of course throughout Europe, mostly France and Italy and while there, it is really difficult to turn any corner without seeing a unique coffee shop or coffee bar. What is most enjoyable for me is the fact, they are served in cups and saucers, whether fine china, mostly porcelain or some creative glassware, which is a clear indication that coffee is an experience meant to be enjoyed rather than rushed off in a “to go cup”. Although, more and more places are starting to use “to go cups” in Europe, go for the sit down experience.
Anyway, there are a few amazing coffee shops around San Francisco and Napa, (listed at the end of this blog entry) where you could actually experience some European flare and service, but I would like to also hear about coffee shops which you think is worth a mention most anywhere you have visited. So drop me a line or a link.
San Francisco Bay Area: La Boulange, Cavalli Cafe, Bouchon Bakery (Yountville, CA), Cafe Roma, Cafe Grecco
Posted in budget vacation, coffee and tea, Eat, Food, French Desserts, napa
Tagged coffee and tea, Espresso and Cappuccino, food, healthy eating, rome, travel
When blogging, the author has the option to view stats which tell her (in this case) what articles or topics are the most popular and since I have been blogging, I noticed every time I write about Jennifer Aniston, people listen.
This doesn’t really shock me much, because I like Ms.Aniston myself, even though I poke fun of her alot, but I am amazed that out of most celebrities over 40, the usual choice is Jenny – not from the block.
So, I guess my question to my readers is, how do you choose your role model? Better yet, who is your favorite women over 40 to follow and want to be like? I know this may sound like a childish game but in all reality women over 40 like to play games also. No matter how silly or trivial. Besides it takes the edge off raising their kids and dealing with their day-to-day life.
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Tagged a makoever, Acting, cannes film festival, Celebrity, cheating husbands, decor, fashion, healthy cooking, healthy eating, Hollywood, midlife, Movie Roles, paris, rome, weight watch, women over 40
I was looking through fall 2010 shoe trends and I came across photos of shoes they plan to sell this coming season. I don’t know about you but I am not sure what the message is or what the thought process is in regard to sho fashion.
The thing is that bizarre clothing fashion trends come and go and then come back again and then go back and ok we can live with that, but shoes in my opinion are a different thing. They can either harm you or put you in a hospital as a result of designer’s craze.
Do the designers realize how damaging these so-called trends are to any woman old enough and sometimes not old enough interested in owning a pair or two for the sake of being in fashion? The other question I have is, when these types of shoes are marketed and sold in stores, does the fashion industry understand the impact these designs have on the women over 40, who craves to feel young and sensual but cannot physically handle the contraption on their feet due to the serious damage they may cause to their bodies, feet, legs and brain?
I don’t know what your opinion is on the topic, I would love to hear from you. As for me, I need to find a shoemaker in a village in Italy and hire him for my personal shoe design and call it a day.
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Tagged cannes film festival, Celebrity, champagne, cheating husbands, chocolate, fashion, food, Hollywood, midlife, paris, rome, sexy, weight watch, women over 40
I love it when grocery stores give a complimentary booklet or a magazine advertising their products with a few good recipes. I collect them all and use them frequently. I found this amazing recipe on Nugget Market’s website and magazine and it is amazing to say the least. Here it is – enjoy
- 4 Halibut fillets
- Court Boullion:
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups white wine
- 1 yellow onion, quartered
- 2 ribs celery, rough chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 fennel frond, rough chopped, reserve one more for garnish
- 12 to 15 whole peppercorns
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Fennel Cream:
- 1 pint cream
- 1 head fennel, small dice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon saffron
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Strain.
Combine the ingredients and bring up to a simmer over medium-low heat. Reduce the cream by half. This should take 10 to 15 minutes. Puree and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Poach the halibut in the Court Boullion at a bare simmer for 6 to 8 minutes. Dab the fish dry on paper towels and serve with the fennel cream. Garnish with fennel fronds.
Posted in champagne, Food, Uncategorized
Tagged champagne, food, halibut, healthy cooking, healthy eating, midlife, motherhood, paris, rome, salmon, weight watch, women over 40
I don’t consider my self too conservative when it comes to wearing skirts or dresses, but I do consider my limit when choosing the length of the skirt.
Sure, mini skirts are sexy and is intended, in my opinion, to stear attention from other parts of a woman’s body. But, a woman over 40, no matter how sexy and shaply should stay away from mini skirts. I don’t care how good they feel and look.
If I want to go for sexy, I choose a black knee (or just below) lenght pencil skirt and compliment it with a nice pair of high heels instead. I wear super sheer taupe stockings for evening time and go with au natural (bear legs) during the day unless my workplace requires me to wear stockings.
Mini Skirt: D&G Bouche Miniskirt $285.00 At Nordstrom
Pencil Skirt: Ingenuity Pencil Skirt $86.00 At Nordstrom
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Tagged a makoever, Acting, cannes film festival, Celebrity, champagne, fashion, food, hair, makeup, midlife, motherhood, Movie Roles, paris, rome, women over 40