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Mad Men 6×04: To Have and to Hold

Firstly, Stan flipping the bird saved this episode of Mad Men. Having said this, as sick to death as I am of Don’s six season storyline of relentless cheating, I found his reaction to Megan’s on-screen soap kiss to be just slightly redeeming to his run-of-the-mill behavour. His jealous outburst was insanely hypocritical (unbeknownst to … Continue reading

Luisa e Franchino

Hair salons in Italy can prove a conundrum for foreigners considering that communication is such a fundamental part of the hair revamp process. Explaining what you want your cut/colour to be like, keeping up conversation and trusting your hair in the hands of a complete, untested, non-recommended stranger. In Rome and Milan, I didn’t have … Continue reading

high time for a skydive

One fine Sunday morning my friend Patrizia calls me up and tells me to be in Turin’s Piazza Vittorio Veneto in half an hour. The purpose of the day: spend an afternoon in the municipality of Cumiana, in the province of Turin. A quick espresso and 30 kilometers later we’re driving on a country road … Continue reading

roadtrip to Aosta

a few visual incentives for visiting this northern Italian town the view on the way hidden cloisters the main square monuments at midday the Roman theatre before sunset

Navigli flower market/Warhol’s flowers

An unexpectedly flowerful Sunday – a lovely market along the Naviglio Grande – Milan’s most characteristic, canal neighbourhood…. …coupled with flower prints from the Andy Warhol “Stardust” exhibit at the Museo del Novecento in Piazza Duomo – a definite must-see when in town. Many Italian fashion designers have cited inspiration from the works in this … Continue reading

Bauma 2013: a day in Munich

I’ve had my first exec-style business trip – a whirlwind, one-day roundtrip from Turin to Munich. Purpose: Bauma 2013, considered to be the largest trade fair for the construction and mining industry. Suffice it to say, I was a minority at the Bavarian-set expo – female, dark features, heels… I piled onto the shuttle with … Continue reading

Salone del Mobile Design fair in Milan – top photos

Salone del Mobile 2013 is officially wrapped. Now that I’m back in my beloved Turin I finally have the chance to post some highlights from fuorisalone, aka all the installations, presentations and events that took place in other locations outside of the Milan Expo grounds.

Via Tortona rooftop

Milan’s Tortona area is never more in demand than this week of April for the Salone del Mobile. I was lucky enough to score a few minutes of much needed calm from the chaos on this rooftop at the Magna Pars Event Space on Via Tortona. The venue is usually closed to the general public, … Continue reading

Antica Bottega del Vino, Verona, Italy

The Antica Bottega del Vino was one of my latest great gastronomy stumbleupons during a recent stint in Verona. Only after eating here did I do some backtrack research and discover that this is one of Italy’s most legendary eateries.The setting is pure old-world charm with dark wooden tables set with the finest thin crystal … Continue reading

Terme di Pré Saint Didier – spa getaway

The thermal baths of Pré Saint Didier are my ultimate fairytale setting for rest and relaxation. The facility is hosted within the interiors and outdoor grounds of a dreamy estate nestled in the Val D’Aosta in Northern Italy. The centre is owned and operated by the almighty QC group which also owns and operates similar … Continue reading