Sissi / Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria
That gown (embroidered with Arabic script to say: “Oh mon Dieu quel beau rêve” / “Oh my Lord what a beautiful dream”)
and this Bavarian style gown:
Sporty Empress: she worked out regularly and check what she had installed in her office!
and while she didn’t often join in the oppulant family dinners in order to maintain her physique (and fit into those tight waisted dresses…)
… she made sure to have a very unique set of tableware to entertain:
Castello di Vicarello (Poggi del Sasso)
Tuscan infinity …
No filter… this flower’s otherworldly details and light reminded me of the magical flower in Tangled!
Organic eggs, tomatoes, figs, aubergines, zucchini & rosemary!
Can’t wait to see what the chef has done with my ingredients!
After a good meal, it’s time to work it off village-style!
Only drawback… those bees! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 constantly chasing me around buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing in my ears !
I tried running away, but they’re everywhere!
The remedy 🍷all day & all night…
Details of my OOTN
Siena… Travel in time to the medieval era… just filter out all the tourists from your views and it feels like you’re there!
and along the way we saw this amazing sunflower🌻 field…
and stopped at this picturesque hilltop village, Montalcino, home of the reknown Brunello di Montalcino wine 🍷
Olive spread in Corniglia
Firenze (aka Florence)
Pinocchio is omipresent in Firenze!
Somewhere between a pizza and bread & cheese and absolutely delicious…
Souvenirs , souvenirs…
Those stradas! 🇮🇹
Back to the hotel for some garden & pool time…
Purple love is still alive in 🇮🇹
Huge petals & smells heavenly!
I left my kids back home but it turns out I can’t escape the kid in me!
My Provence lavender hunt obsession led me to the Abbaye de Sénanque and while the lavender wasn’t in full bloom, the setting was still picturesque…
Provence is not just about vinyards & purple love, its palette is rich in colors and I particulaly ❤️ this red hot cherry 🍒 tree! so much that I actually fell into a ditch (and broke my phone’s screen 😡) as I was trying to capture its beauty!
Couldn’t resist sharing this with my little ones so it was time for a quick Skype!
Here’s me practicing my favorite St Tropez passtime: people watching! 😝
The next day it was time to drive off to Italy but not before we stopped @ a random beach near St Tropez where tanners of all ages seemed to take issue with the idea of a swimsuit!
And we finally arrived in Italia 🇮🇹…
After a long drive it was Pesto time in Portofino ! 🇮🇹
Nature’s splendid beauty was drawing me to it and away from all stress…
Flowers 🌸 & Trees 🌴 in magical harmony…
Lemon trees 🍋 & jasmine … a perfect blend of sents!
Piscina & mare
🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸a fitting entrance to the Spa (which I desperately needed to end my day) 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸
My walk looks so effortless… it wasn’t!
When you’re late to a wedding but have to stop because the fruits in the trees are just too tempting !
Made it & now I just can’t wait to start shaking those beads on the dance floor!