Polvere di petali di rosa – Rose petal dust (IT-EN)

Polvere di fata…polverina magica…sì quasi un incantesimo, sto parlando della polvere di rosa di Essere-per-Te. Lo sapevate che la polvere fine ottenuta dai petali di rosa essiccati era utilizzata fin dai tempi delle bellissime donne Etrusche? E sapete che questo ingrediente così delicato è ricco di proprietà anti –ossidanti e calmanti per le pelli più…

Lerici: Un Caffè Lento, per favore (IT)

Un CAFFE’ lento, per favore! Paola ha il mare negli occhi, e non è solo un’espressione figurata. Originaria di uno dei borghi d’Italia che preferisco, Casole d’Elsa , da qualche anno ha messo radici (come si dice in italiano ) in Liguria, nella bellissima LERICI con Luca , un “bel tenebroso” pieno di creatività, lui…

Speaking about RADICI:  Mandragora, Roots & Witchcraft (EN-IT)

(EN) Mandragola-Mandrake: from the Mediterranean regions to Hogwarts. Talking of roots: if you thought that Mandrake was an imaginary fruit, created by clever Mrs. JK Rowling – author of the famous Harry Potter books – you are majorly mistaken.  The startling plant used in Hogwarts’ school of wizardry and witchcraft was inspired by legends, with…

RADICI – Word of the Week

RADICI – Word of the Week: RADICI (IT) –  Roots (EN).  La Radice (Fem. sing) – Le  Radici (Fem. pl) Le radici degli alberi , delle piante ma anche in senso figurato, usate per  indicare le origini di qualcosa o qualcuno./ The roots of trees, of plants but LE RADICI also used  as a figure…

How bizarre! – Bizzarrie toscane

How bizarre! Bizzarrie toscane : “Digitated lemons and other curious fruits with strange deformities have always been known in Italian  as “ bizzarrie”. The finer the citrus collection, the more bizzarrie it contained . The Medici  family’s collection in Florence was undisputably the finest in Europe. Its history dates back to 1537 when Cosimo I…

Walking in Tuscany: Lecceto, the Hermitage (by Marì R.)

Walking in Tuscany: Lecceto, the Hermitage– Glorious April and May have gone by and  June has just begun.  After almost 2 months of isolation I MISS MY FRIENDS! We are finally able to meet again, so I decided it was time to get lost in the woods… Hooray! The meeting point was a full immersion…

MANICHE – Word of the Week

MANICHE – Word of the Week : Maniche  = sleeves (la manica, sing;  le maniche, pl) Maniche corte o mezze maniche, e maniche lunghe per magliette (t-shirts), camicette (shirts and blouses)  e abiti (dresses). Curiosità L’espressione “un altro paio di maniche” è usata per indicare qualcosa che non è paragonabile ad un’altra , che è…

Tanti Saluti!

Tanti Saluti: Getting confused with the many ways to greet people when you are in Italy?  I understand! I can’t blame you! Saluti italiani : here is  just a quick recap for you: BUONGIORNO, is Good morning, and you use it whenever you greet someone in the morning until about 3 PM. Also, you can…

Tuscany Lemon Gardens

Tuscany Lemon Gardens I was born in Siena, in a house just outside the historic city centre, with a big garden.  I was used to seeing terracotta vases with lemon plants. They were part of the house, I never asked where they came from, nor did I notice that, in winter, they disappeared from the…

Si fa o non si fa?

Si fa o non si fa? – As part of cultural awareness it is very important (sometimes vital) to know what to do and what better not to,  when travelling to a foreign country. There are parts of the world where it is better to not blow your nose in public, keep shoes on or…