Blogging for France…

With a return to the France in mind and in particular Paris, I have been scouring the Internet, looking for blogs that appeal – and I have discovered there are plenty!  I have previously raved about my two favourites, Vicki Archer’s French Essence, and Theadora Brack’s People, Places and Bling.  Both have recent photographic posts on Paris – Vicki’s post has great black and white  photos providing a birdseye view of daily life. While … Continue reading Blogging for France…

Cara Nigella – you rock!

On Thursday night I downloaded the free taster app for Nigella’s new book Nigellissima, and from the first moment, listening to Nigella explain her love of Italian cuisine, I was hooked.  Her passion for Italy is undeniable, and quite contagious. I find her a joy to listen to – the account of her concept for book’s design and layout, and her hands-on involvement in the project, was fascinating.  Needless to say, I purchased the book … Continue reading Cara Nigella – you rock!

French longings….

While I am deeply engrossed in When in Rome which I am thoroughly enjoying, I realised over the weekend that I have allowed beautiful Italy to seduce me somewhat, and to entice me away from my first love – France. On Saturday morning, while having my usual coffee with a group of gym friends, one of them mentioned a local supplier of beautiful French products, French Country Collections, and … Continue reading French longings….

Speaking of Italian cookbooks …..

Look what Nigella has come up with – Nigellissima! Thanks once again to Bookman Beattie for alerting me to this new book – so timely considering my previous post. I think I will have go for this one before I head off to buy Two Greedy Italians. I love Nigella’s cookbooks and her various TV series, and I am rather attracted by the subtitle of … Continue reading Speaking of Italian cookbooks …..

Masterchef Australia takes me back to Italy…..

I have just spent the last few hours viewing some of last week’s episodes from Masterchef Australia, where the lucky top ten contestants have been in Italy…. nice for some!  It is brilliant to be able to watch the programme in my own time, on this blustery, showery, yet sometimes sunny Sunday afternoon. And what  treat it has been! – I have to been to Rome and Florence again, and seen the … Continue reading Masterchef Australia takes me back to Italy…..

Bookman Beattie finds nostalgia in When in Rome…

Hot on the heels of my previous posting, my favourite book blogger, Bookman Beattie, reviews When in Rome for readers… I lent my copy of the book to a friend as soon as I bought it, as she was in need of lift due to a stressful family illness, and after all, I was just finishing The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt. Take … Continue reading Bookman Beattie finds nostalgia in When in Rome…

Now for some vintage fiction set in Rome…….

It’s finally here! I have eagerly awaiting the release of Nicky Pellegrino‘s new book When in Rome, set in that city in the 1950’s.  I have so enjoyed all of her previous novels set in Italy – she writes with authority, being the daughter of an Italian father, and she researches her novels in Italy, giving them authenticity. I fell in love with the cover of When in Rome when … Continue reading Now for some vintage fiction set in Rome…….

According to Rick Steves….

Well here it is travellers, Rick Steves’ provocative post – The Best and Worst of Europe … obviously very subjective, and targeted at Americans who apparently have “the shortest vacations in the industrial world”  but worth reading. I love that he has Vernazza as one of his top places, it would one of mine too …. what do you think?   Related articles Rick Steves: How … Continue reading According to Rick Steves….