Monday, March 22, 2010

Amalfi Coast of Italy

I need say nothing more...this is my favorite place on

Earth.

As we go along this week I'll show you some images from my
visits to Italy.  The fabulous shots were taken by my son, Steve,
who is a commercal photographer of some note.  Some are just
family photos taken by my dear incapacitated husband, Ned, who
always had a camera in his hand.  I knew when we went the last time
it would be his final trip to Europe and I planned every little detail
to make him happy, including taking our 7.5 lb poodle, FiFi, with us.

me with FiFi




this image is the wallpaper on my computer,
I see it every day and still marvel at the beauty.




we rented a villa between Sorrento & Positano in a little place called
Massa Lubrense
where we had a 180 view of the Mediterranean Sea.
a place we could enjoy without any stress, a pool and
this view that only God could give you.






The hotel where Ned & I stayed on our 1st visit to Sorrento
Hotel Bellevue Syrene











the hotel's beautiful dining terrace overlooking the steep cliff & the sea







Daytime in the Villa Pompeiana Restaurant with view to Vesuvius



evening in the hotel's formal dining room,
everything white glove service,
& the most beautifully presented plates of Italian cuisine.






hotel's beach area...aren't the umbrellas just too pretty for words?
the hotel had a grotto with a real swimming pool, but it was mostly in the
shade in the afternoons, and the social part of me & Ned wanted to be
among the other visitors.








craft like this were common-place, as were huge sailing craft...at night
when they had all their lights on the rigging & around the sides if you
were driving on the coast road high above the sea you could see how
beautiful the aquamarine water is...each time I saw this I gasped with delight.








my little yacht





just another little street scene





below, some of the jewelry I might wear in this part of the world,
 created in our Studio Splenderosa

kyanite, aquamarine & blue topaz, with iolite




genuine stick coral on sterling




14k gold with peridot, topaz, amethyst, citrine, carnelian, blue topaz, tournamine  



14k gold with angel skin turquoise





multi-strand top-drilled freshwater pearls with vintage pendant
18k gold single strand necklaces with single drop of
various semi-precious stones,
which could be any material one desired,
all faceted by hand
freshwater keshi pearls with green amethyst

Hand Braided Peridot Rondelles
with large Green Amethyst Pendant
              

                                       Large Aquamarine Rondelles w/14K Gold Chain




Funky Multi-Strand Necklace, to just throw on and go
14K Gold Hand Faceted Chain, Angel Skin Turquoise Rope


Bracelet, Blue Crystal Quartz, Peridot, Tourmaline, Jade
& Freshwater Pearls
Sterling Silver Wired Cuff
with various pink stones & pearls,
Swarovski crystals add sparkle
Bracelet, Angel Skin Turquoise Beads Hand Wired on
Sterling with vintage Clasp
4 Bracelets Stacked
Various Art Glass Beads, Vermeil Bali Beads
with Turquoise & Peruvian Opal


and the perfect outfit, one you could literally wear every day
Italian Etro
note:  add a bra or cami


special note, don't wear jeans


the most wonderful reason to rent a house/villa is that if many people are travelling
it ends up being almost the same price as a hotel room,
but you have a big piece of property, your own pool,
your own kitchen, your own laundry, a housekeeper/cook,
and the ability to immerse yourself into the local
culture...you go shopping for wines, groceries, fruits, vegetables,
fish, wines, local delicacies, wines
and you have the time for true friendships to develop with
the local shopkeepers, restaurant owners, etc.
We celebrated Ned's birthday at a little trattoria
owned by our housekeeper's son...on a little sidewalk in Sorrento.
We met people from England, Ireland & Germany who all
had birthday cake with us.

The homes we've rented have been in locations we had been previously
so we knew we wanted to go back and
spend a lot more time soaking up everything. 
For me, those places are always on the water somewhere.

Tomorrow, photos of the villa we rented + Positano
& more fashion & jewelry