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Back after the Christmas holidays to the base and let’s stay for a while! Anna in her wonderland back in the Kingdom after 3 weeks away, bring it on 2014!

14 Jan

happy new year

Dear Readers

Finally after a long time away I am back home, ready to enjoy the cold British winter (that hasn’t been that cold yet) and to start the New Year at its best with lots of exciting things planned for me.

I had a lovely time away, first in Italy for ten days to spend Christmas with family and friends and straight after to Miami with my husband to celebrate New Year and a few days after my parents flew over to spend a week with us, apart that the weather wasn’t much on our side, we had a lovely time!

I have some pictures to show you all…enjoy!!!

x

Le’ts start with saturday afternoon mani pedi at the local salon…I have never seen men and little girls doing it!

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Tuna tataki, so obsessed with food!2013 anna in her wonderland (2)

Beef sliders with quail egg…divine!sugarcae raw bar and grill miami

Some peacocks came next door to say hello peacocks around the roads

Miami and the beachmiami welcome airport map

Our new pet in the yard, mr raccoon 2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (16)

Getting ready2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (15)

Cocont monkeys2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (18)

Taking the boat trailer down in the Keys2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (17)

Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (5)

Getting ready, again2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (6)

Movie night in2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (1)

First swim of 20142013 anna in her wonderland (8)

Dinner out at Crave, Merrick Park2013 anna in her wonderland (3)

Merrick park2013 anna in her wonderland (4)

We need a bit of shake shack in our lives!

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2013 anna in her wonderland (6)

Let’s kick start the new year, with a kick!

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Key Biscayne2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (2)

Meet the Italian Parents2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (3)

On the beach2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (4)

Dinner at Rusty Pelican Key Biscayne2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (7)

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2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (13)

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Celebrating my dad’s belated birthday in the Key with la comida cubana2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (19)

Boating dayanna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (1)

Breathtaking sunset in Key Largo2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (23)

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I could eat key lime pie all day long2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (20)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (2)

Boca chita keyanna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (3)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (4)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (5)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (6)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (11)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (10)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (9)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (8)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (7)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (12)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (13)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (14)

anna in her wonderland boating day Biscayne bay (15)

Night out at Cecconianna in her wonderland night out miami (1)  fun night out anna n her wonderland

Fountainebleau Hotelanna in her wonderland night out miami (3)

Mother and daughter in the mirroranna in her wonderland night out miami (2)

And my new Miami haircut, the long bob!

my new haircut long bob

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Lille: The Best City for Christmas Shopping

16 Nov

When it comes to shopping for Christmas, finding gifts for all your loved ones that are unique, thoughtful and/or lavish, you can always count on good old London Town. From Oxford Street famous names to quirky stalls in Camden Town you’ll be sure to find everything you could need. You can’t beat that satisfying feeling of coming home with your arms full of shopping bags that each contains special and exciting gifts for everyone, bargains and luxuries alike. Putting the kettle on and a Christmas CD or DVD whilst you wrap your purchases is one of the little joys of the season for many of us. But did you know that away from London, which can become rather too busy over the Christmas period (especially at weekends) you could take the iDBUS from London to Lille for an excellent Christmas shopping experience that combines a mini break with shopping heaven? Yes, with iDBUS’s mini-prices you could be on your way with iDBUS from London to Lille, which features one of France’s largest Christmas markets and plenty of year-round stores to explore. As with all iDBUS coach trips, you will be delivered from and to centrally-located coach stations and Vieux Lille is a compact town that is easy to navigate and explore on foot, so you don’t need to worry about finding connecting buses or Metro trains to get to where all the shops are. You will never be short of places to eat in Lille, which is known for its gastronomic delights and, being close to the border with Belgium, has moules et frites, waffles and fine chocolate dishes on almost every menu. If you want to take in the sights of the city you can take a ride on the Ferris wheel in the Grand Place and try to decide which of the eighty-plus Christmas stalls you will want to visit. Stay within the old town for charming hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation with character, or head into the newer part of town for more spacious, modern accommodation. Either way you will be within easy walking distance of the shops and the coach station to take you back to London when you are ready. By the way, if you book with iDBUS you can book single tickets for the same price as returns, so if you are not sure of how long you want to stay you can just book a single ticket to get you there and then book a return journey once you are ready to leave after a few days – the price of the tickets remains the same regardless of when you book them. It takes less than 6 hours to get from London to Lille with iDBUS but iDBUS coach trips always feature spacious, comfortable seating, free on board Wi-Fi,plug sockets (but don’t forget your euro plug adapter!) and frequent departure and arrival times for your convenience. So take in the sights and smells of Christmas in Lille – cinnamon, ginger, mulled wine, fake snow and an ice rink, colourful crafts and gifts, decorations and local produce. And with the iDBUS Mini Prices you can afford to spend a lot more when you’re there!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, an Italian Christmas!!! Love being home surrounded by family and friends and off to Miami with my husband in 3 days!

24 Dec

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go;
Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Toys in every store,
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

Do you feel the festive spirit? Do you feel the love in the air? I do and I am so happy to breathe an Italian Christmas again! I have been back since Thursday and I have been non-stop as usual and I am looking forward to celebrate tonight with friends and to celebrate tomorrow with the family, Happy Christmas everyone…now some pictures of the past few days!

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Christmas in Milan Italy

santa lucia sweet box

ready to go out fucsia jacket

Parmesan cheese at the supermarket love it

menabrea beer section

key west santa surfing

Isotta the family dog

futuristic christmas tree

christmas decoration key west

car wash for mini cooper blogger of the day 22nd December

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aperitif with Bellavista

Happy birthday to my dad today….and Merry Christmas to all of you soon!!

4 Dec

I cannot still believe that today is my dad’s birthday and I am not even in Italy to celebrate with the family…well we should celebrate more at Christmas then! Happy birthday Papi!

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happy birthday super dad

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My Christmas childhood memory, Saint Lucia’s day

13 Dec

I don’t give a damn about Santa.

For me Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Babbo Natale, however you want to call him, never existed, I did not believe in him. I have never written a letter to him.

For me, Christmas was all about Saint Lucia, and it always will. To explain to you what I mean I add a description of Saint Lucia’s day (thanks Wikipedia):

Saint Lucia’s Day is the Church feast day dedicated to St. Lucy and is observed on the 13th of December. Its modern day celebration is generally associated with Sweden and Norway but is also observed in Denmark, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Malta, Bosnia, Bavaria, Croatia, Slovakia and St. Lucia, West Indies In the United States it is celebrated with cookies on the mantel in states for a large number of people of Scandinavian ancestry, often centred around church events.

In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. It is one of the few saint days observed in Scandinavia. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.

St. Lucia is the patron saint of the city of Syracuse (Sicily), where she was born. Celebrations take place on the 13th of December and in May. St. Lucy is also popular among children in some regions of North-Eastern Italy, namely Trentino, East Lombardy (Bergamo, my home town), parts of Veneto, parts of Emilia-Romagna and all of Friuli, where she brings gifts to good children and coal to bad ones the night between December 12 and 13.

She arrives in the company of a donkey and her escort, Castaldo. Children are asked to leave some coffee for Lucia, some flour for the donkey and bread for Castaldo. They must not watch Santa Lucia delivering these gifts, or she will throw ashes in their eyes, temporarily blinding them.

I have always written letters to Saint Lucia, I put the letter on the basket in the Church in Bergamo in front of her statue for ages, and the night between the 12th and 13th December it has always been magical.

I will always remember when around 7pm I was going to my grandmother house to find some presents in her living room, going to my other grandmother’s house and find presents for me and my cousins on the table in my grandmother’s tailoring room…and after that going to my great aunt’s house with my cousin to find more presents on the table in the kitchen, I still remember how excited I was to go to sleep that night, still remember my mum telling me “Sleep tight and please do not wake up or Saint Lucia won’t come here” – I still remember putting a bowl with water and some bread next to the Christmas tree for Saint Lucia’s donkey…I still remember the 13th December morning getting up, run to my parents and listen to my mum saying: “Did she come? I think she did, I heard something during the night”… I can still see myself running in the living room and find more presents and sweets…and now I think tears are going down on my cheeks, tears of joy, remembering such a good time in my childhood.

I still believe in you, Saint Lucia.

xxx

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