the hotel's beautiful dining terrace overlooking the steep cliff & the sea
very elegant dress required
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
so no 2 will be alike
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
(no longer available)
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
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
this post is a reprise of one I posted in March 2010 when
I didn't have nearly so many followers/readers/friends.