The ruins of Pompei, Italy

We wandered for an entire afternoon in the archeological village of Pompei, frozen in time for centuries by the Vesuvius volcano eruption. It is a very open site and a unique opportunity to see a Roman village just as it was. Walking on the streets and thinking of those people who had lived, loved, and run through those exact same streets; were they so different? I found the experience very interactive, we walked through the poet’s house, luxury villa, the Roman bath, open air theatre and even shops…the baking oven seemed like a pizza was going to come out of it any time. Continue Reading

{she’s gone running again} Marathon du Médoc, running with the wine Gods

The Marathon du Médoc was crazy, exuberant, and a lot of fun. The full 42.2km distance, through of some of the most famous vineyards in the world – Bordeaux’s Médoc – in fancy dresses, with a glass of wine in one hand and brie in the other. What’s not to love? Continue Reading

Lake Como vintage charms, Italy

Our dear friends just got married in a fairy tale background: the Lake Como. The Northern Italian lake, only about 30min drive from Milan, is a peaceful escape from the busy city. The vintage charm of the surrounding towns is certainly a perfect background for a traditional wedding…. Continue Reading

Running and waltz’ing in Vienna

Vienna did not disappoint last weekend: the sun was high up, we discovered an astonishingly pretty (and underrated!) historical capital of Europe, ate some delish’ chocolate cake at the Sacher hotel, then burnt some of that climbing up the 343 steps of the stunning Stephen’s Cathedral, and even waltz’ed in the Rauthaus City hall! Mission accomplished for a first taste of Vienna, and I’ll definitely be back. Continue Reading

Home sweet home…the annual trip to Normandy

Home for Easter…and home is Normandy, France, home to Camembert, Calvados and grey dramatic skies. A little photo diary of our 4 days in Honfleur, Etretat, Deauville, Trouville, Ste Adresse & Le Havre. Continue Reading

Where should I go for a short winter-sun break?

You can hear the rain pounding on the window and if you’re anything like me, your next thought is: when do I get to see the sun again? I could tell you to jet-off to Hawaii for Continue Reading

Sun, love and other delights, in Taormina, Sicily

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Sicily is one of those places that just tick all the “romantic weekend” boxes in my book: the perfect weather, the abundant food, the powerful wines, the awe-inspiring views, the crystal clear water…

I’m just back from an otherworldly weekend to celebrate friends’ wedding, and as the excellent Italian blog Memorie di una Vagina puts it: “last weekend I went to a wedding in Sicily where I understood that Sicily is just like an excellent lover: as soon as you leave it, you want to go back and make love”

“Lo scorso weekend sono stata a un matrimonio in Sicilia e ho capito che la Sicilia è come un amante eccellente: appena se n’è andato hai voglia di rivederlo e di rifarci all’amore.” (translation is mine)

She’s absolutely right. When are we back again?

Sea side photos are mostly taken from the Capotaormina Atahotel where we had a fantastic relaxing time. Views are mixed, as a sea person, I just really enjoyed the view and multiple beach accesses, the sunset in the overflow swimming pool…that being said, some prefer being up the hills in the village to grasp more of the local atmosphere. (The Metropole was highly recommended by friends)

Views from the Greek theatre are spectacular, it can be either visited in the daylight, or rather, to see it alive, check performances organised in the evening during the summer season. From up there one has a wonderful view on the bay, the town and the volcano; a friend even managed to attend a performance where the opera music was “accessorizing” a stunning sunset and a lava eruption in the background…

With a car, it’s also possible to drive up to Castelmola and watch the bay from even higher up. The little village is smaller and less touristy but nevertheless fantastically picturesque.

Next time? (yes because there will be) other friends decided to cut the beach time short and go hiking up the Etna volcano, which sounds quite tough but worth it; although it would depend on the level of activity of the volcano as well I guess.

Now let’s get back to diet after the rather insane amount of food we just feast on if you please…