Monday, May 11, 2009

Magical Maggiore and Clooney Cuomo: The Lakes

Traci and I pack up for what should be an interesting weekend, heading to the famous lakes of Italy, so famous that famous people actually own several homes there, one of the most well known would be the handsome George Clooney, of which I know where he lives now… hmmmmm. Anyways, so after one of those lovely bus rides, we arrive to what I would consider a nice hotel, so you know it’s nice. After check-in we tossed on our swimwear and headed down to the indoor pool and Jacuzzi.not.even.bad. Then we went up to the room, jammed out to some quality Kelly Clarkson, and headed down to meet for dinner. We clean up nice. After dinner, the gang headed to this bar, it was pretty chic, and totally Africanesque. After one of the worst drinks I’ve ever had in my life… yes I’m referring to a mai tai that tasted like warm celery juice, so not good. We called it an early one, due to the intense day ahead of us. Then we hit up Lake Maggiore, where royalty lived, as opposed to the rich and famous… what a drag, ha I'm kidding. We toured some palaces, which I considered looking into purchasing, but they just weren’t for me, Haha. But yea, we went island hopping, enjoying the scenery, lovely weather, and amazing seafood. Interestingly enough my favorite part was visiting the botanical gardens of the royal summer homes. I spent hours chasing around exotic birds and photographing them at their best, I was nothing short of intrigued, though at times the noises they made might have intimidated me slightly. After spending all day on private boat after boat, palace after palace, garden after garden, it was time for a swim, and this time, complete w/ champagne, compliments of Miles, our new friend from Alaska. Another night of getting all pretty, dining fine, and back to the African bar for some better choices of beverage and some dirty dancing… ahem Traci. Then got back, put down another bottle of champagne, and dialed my honey for a good while… pushing about 5 a.m.. woopsies, I slept through all alarms, including a wake up call and was a smidge late for the bus, sorry gang, too much champagne for this one… After packing and getting ready in less than 8 minutes, I was on the bus and ready to go, hit up a boat tour of lake Cuomo and headed to Milan in which I indulged in some Gucci sandals… another woopsies. Its ok, they were worth it. Headed back to Florence and slept like an angel. I’m not quite sure if I swam more in the indoor pools, the lakes, or the champagne, but either way I know the location of George Clooney, David Beckham, and Bobby Denairo at certain times of the year… hehe.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Under the Tuscan Sun: Easter Getaway

When the question of what to do for the first Easter without my family, not much came to mind. I’m used to working at the local bakery from the early morning to having a loud and loving gathering with my extended family, the traditional Italian way. I came as close as I could try, my friends and I decided to rent a villa outside of Tuscany and have a long weekend getaway. I found a little place not only outside of Florence, but outside of Luca, and this adorable apartment was actually located on a mountain, with a river directly across the street, and complete with an in ground pool. After arriving at our stop in Castlenuova. Our weekend long landlord, drove us up the long windy road, leading to the almost top of the mountain. The accommodations were adorable, the scenery breathtaking, and the feeling indescribable. The rooms were cozy, the floors were freezing, the kitchen was tiny, but fully stocked with appliances I’ve almost lost memory of. When we arrived the weather was fair, however, that was short-lived. The only grocery store in miles was closed for lunch, and regrettable when they reopen, an extreme thunderstorm came upon us. All cozy on our little red sofa, watching our plasma with a DVD player… you can imagine the excitement, and our emergency stash of macaroni and cheese, it couldn’t have been a better start. Movies, friends, and a thunderstorm, it was the perfect sleepover atmosphere. The next morning I was all business. And by business I’m sure you know what I’m talking about… getting my tan on. I quickly tied on my bathing suit and enthusiastically went outside scantily clad and determined to get sun kissed. Though the weather was not optimal, I got a lil sumthin sumthin. We hit the grocery store, made girly feasts, including chocolate, cookies, wine, and all that good stuff. We cooked meals, shared secrets and snuggled periodically in front of the TV. I even got to take a bubble bath. Easter morning we made a brunch (complete with Mimosas), that evening we partook in some interesting activities. Let’s just say we made some “American Traditions” in the Castlenuova area. After cooking like crazy, eating our hearts out, and laughing to tears, I may have stayed on top of a mountain, but I felt like I was on top of the world.