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Sometimes I come back! Anna in her wonderland on an Italian Christmas late edition and the mid January (non) New Year Resolution!!

12 Jan

Dear Readers

Sometimes I come back as you can see, I know it has been a while with Christmas, the holidays, the vacation and all that but I am finally back, luckily just for a month, I can’t already bare how cold is back here, I am more a sunny & hot weather type of girl, 100% more Miami than Brighton Beach!

I had such a great and amazing time back home in Italy to celebrate Christmas with my family and my friends, they were 8 full days of fun, laughter, shopping trips, lunches and dinners and lots of dancing in the clubs around my hometown of Bergamo, I felt like 18 again! It is so crazy how just a week spend with the people you love most that unfortunately due to the circumstances I don’t see that often recharged my batteries and gave me a massive energy boost to keep going, so glad to have such great family and awesome loving friends in my life!!!

Touched down back in the Kingdom it was time to celebrate with my husband and leave the cold behind for the sunny shores of Miami, our favourite place on earth, where we just enjoyed hanging out, sunbathing, swimming, eating and drinking, walking the neighbours’ dog (I have the new role of Floridian dog sitter to a gorgeous 7 months old golden retriever), getting the boat ready for the February trip and having fun!!

I have been reading a lot on social media recently about New Year’s resolution…is that me but this year it seems a bit gone too far…I mean so many people are talking about it non-stop…and will they actually “obey” to their NY’s vows? Of course everybody (apart me) feels a bit fat after all the overindulging during the Christmas holidays but a bit of control and a bit of exercises will get everything and everybody back in track, without any drama and without becoming a body builder or a fitness fanatic for a few weeks!

So pleased of my fast burning metabolism, in Italy I must admit all I ate was pasta, tons of pizza and I couldn’t resist to focaccia when I drove down to the Riviera for the day…lots of veggie too but just such a different diet to what I normally cook and eat here…and within 3 days 2kg were gone, where I do not really need to lose weight!! The secret is just happiness and moderation, in everything, and stop going on with all new year’s resolution bullshit, have fun & be happy!

With Love

The view of the Riviera, happiness from the balcony

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AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (5)My diet, pasta, pizza, sleep, repeat!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (9)Moscow mule at Marc Jacobs’?AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (10)Thigh high boots nightAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (17)My gorgeous friend arianna, shame anita couldn’t come! A power

AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (6)Excelsior Milano, shopping day!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (7)Carrie will you marry me? Those Manolos!!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (8)My beautiful hometown BergamoAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (26)Beautiful zona Brera in MilanoAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (30)

Flower powerAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (31)Ceresio 7 Milano, rooftop aperitif, even in December!

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Christmas day finally reunited with my niece Martina!

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Ready for our date night at Cecconi Miami BeachAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (53)

Easy friday night? Let’s cycle to the restaurant in the neighborhood  AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (49)

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Chilling sundaysAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (51)

My new mate, Cody!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (52)

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After a long day, nothing can beat a moijto by the pool, cheers to that!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (56)

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Two months to Christmas let’s begin the countdown! Obsessed with nails, baking and dogs right now!

25 Oct

Dear readers

I popped into the local garden center a few days ago and I was shocked when Christmas trees, Christmas decorations and lights were in display, how does the time go? I can’t believe we are only two months away, maybe the mild temperatures we are experiencing at the moment don’t struck me like Jingle Bells and Feliz Navidad songs just yet!

Since the last trip away I am all about cooking, as usual, diligently going to the gym twice a week (rather strange for me!) and despite I was never that bothered before since my birthday I have become obsessed with nails and since I started to have my manicure done with Shellac, oh my a new world opened for me and my nails say thanks a lot!

I have been biting my nails on an off basically all my life and to find an nail polish that lasts and makes my nail stronger, it was a revelation!!

I am still cooking and baking a lot, experimenting and sometimes I even follow recipes fully, which is quite a novelty for me, I do like add my own taste to things! And can you believe that in less than a month Coco is going to be 2 years old? She is still a crazy dog, eating everything she finds around (a few days ago was my usb key, business cards, lip balm…and of course plastic bottles ), I must say it is a joy to have her around that she makes my day always happy!

Have a great weekend everybody

xxx

My latest nails

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And a long dog walk up on the Downsannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (15)

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Fulking village close to Brightonannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (17)

Coco and her duck obsessionannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (10)

Some cuddlesannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (9)

Coco does recycling

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Baking time my favourite coconut and banana loaf perfect for afternoon tea

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White chocolate and cardamom cookies my new discovery

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Loving my new lipstick colour Hunter bootsannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (7)

We found a new Italian restaurant close by, pizza Etna, not for nothing they are from Sicily!

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My version of tuna ceviche, it didn’t taste like Miami but not far off!

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And going through our wedding picture I found this funny one to put in this gorgeous frame given to me by my best friendsannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (19)

Halloween is not far off and I am ready with my pumpkin!

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From which I made a big pumpkin soup and pumpkin seed pesto…talking about making the most of it!

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My summer is over, luckily just for over a month! Anna in her wonderland is back in the Kingdom to carry on projects

6 Oct

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Dear readers

The weekend is over, summer is over, autumn/fall is here and I suddenly feel cold, fancying a glass of red wine in the evening and to have the log fire on, soon without even noticing it will be Halloween and soon enough even Christmas, where does the time fly all the time??

Miami seems a long time ago, the weather unfortunately wasn’t the best in September, as our friends say “ You bring the rain over from England every time”…not fun!

Now we are back in the country to be reunited with coco, to carry on wedding planning projects, to bake a lot and to wait for the next trip…here you can see some pictures of the vacation, while wait for the next one where my best friend will join us, and I cannot wait!

Cruising around at night

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Dinner date at Swine, where you can find the best burgers in town

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Happy hour at Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne, where the view is simply unbeatable

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annainherwonderland Miami september post (8)Cuban dinner, what I look forward the mostannainherwonderland Miami september post (12)Vaca frita for everybody please! annainherwonderland Miami september post (13)

Do you think it’s going to rain? Let’s take the bikes and ride home!

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Friday night dinner at area 31 at the Epic hotel, magical!

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A few deserved Piña colada on a rainy dayannainherwonderland Miami september post (21)

Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? A new addiction to the house

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Day out in the Design district

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And unfortunately the last night out before heading back, see you in November!

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Being 30 and not feeling it (yet!), the celebrations and the trip to the Italian Riviera, Anna in her wonderland never stops!

29 Aug

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Dear Readers

Yes I am, I am finally 30 years old and it doesn’t feel too bad yet! It has already been 10 days and the time has just flown by, we had such a good time in London celebrating my birthday with our good friends and we had a great time in Italy visiting my parents and seeing part of the family, but I will let the pictures to speak for me.

Have a great weekend

The celebrations started the night before with a surprise cake!

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Coco cracked the champagne…

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Yes I did ask for these bright Hunter boots!

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Living it up at the Ritz in London for a cocktail

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And having fun while shopping Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (6)

Getting ready for the night at my cousin’s place

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Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (9)Having a good time over dinner

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I collected a few cards! To keep them all

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A bit hangover I needed some serious smoothie to sort me out

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Loving my pretty shoes present from my cousin

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My husband’s favourite time of the day while in Italy, Aperitivo!

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And dinner of courseAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (19)

Roof top viewAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (20)

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My best friend came to visit us!!! so HappyAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (22)

Dessert…of courseAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (23)

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Making fun

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My Daniel Craig is coming out of the seaAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (33)

Rooftop lifeAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (35)

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A trip down to Sestri Levante to see la baia del silenzio (the silence’s bay)Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (38)

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Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (44)When a Brit asks for pepper in Italy…

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Headache day and my mum passed me the hat!Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (46)

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The last aperitif with my new pretty handbagAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (49)

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Back to England feeling the holiday blues, to beat them let’s use focaccia and parmesan cheese!

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The Miami blues, the British summer in the countryside, the big birthday coming up and the Italian trip to celebrate it…the adventures of anna in her wonderland on each side of the pond

31 Jul

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Hello dear readers

After 10 days in the hot and humid Miami I am back home, reunited with Coco, struggling with the jet lag, enjoying the beautiful (for the moment) British weather and so looking forward to have my husband back home at the weekend, I wasn’t very happy to start with but thanks to Norwegian airlines I had two more days in Florida due to problems with the plane, luckily I managed to fly back solo without too many problems…I just missed my cousin’s birthday bash in London and the chance to spend time with him and our friends…Bloody Norwegian!!!

The vacation/holiday was hot…hot… and sometimes stormy, so looking forward to go back there in September when, I hope, the weather should be more bearable.

I have some pictures to show you the best bits…and I am getting ready to turn 30 years old in 19 days…I am actually quite paranoid about, I am growing old and it doesn’t help the fact that apparently I cannot pronounce 30 correctly…according to people I sound Irish when I say thirty…I am going to be stuck with the 3 for a while damn it!

Well, let’s not worry about and let’s just think that after the birthday we will go to the Italian Riviera to celebrate the time with my parents and friends…so looking forward to trofie al pesto and industrial quantities of focaccia to eat!

Have a good day you all

xxx

They say size doesn’t matter…I think it does in the States!

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So pleased to see this gorgeous face again!

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And I fell in love with Cody, the new puppy of our neighbour

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It cannot be breakfast at Atelier Monnier in Brickell Ave without getting some Macaroons

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Bad hair day?

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Cruising around town

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Do I need a filter? I think I look tanned anyway!

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A walk on the beach at the lighthouse in Key Biscayne

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Walk with racoon spotting

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Gorgeous day out on the boat at Boca Chita Key

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With a pit stop at the sand bar on the way back

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Getting ready for dinner, while trying to cover some interesting tan lines on my back thanks to my bikini!

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Rusty pelican our favorite dinner hotspot

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The poor lobster has been renamed Sebastian to pay tribute to the Little Mermaid Disney Character

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Paddle boarding in Key Biscayne

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And back to the airport, Miami heat style!

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Nobody should spend festivities away from the family! I miss my country and I miss my hometown of Bergamo, fancy to know something about? The Bergamo travel edition

23 Apr

Dear readers

I hope you are all keeping well, Easter weekend it’s just gone and despite we achieved so much at home (new patio and decking fitted and more renovations) I must admit I felt really sad to not have been at home in Italy with my family to celebrate Easter, this has been the first time in five years of living abroad that I skipped the Easter trip, and I did feel homesick, I am sure people who live abroad can relate with my feelings…I tried to keep busy with lots of cooking and baking and cuddling the dog but that bloody feeling wasn’t going away!

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So…to celebrate my love for my town, why don’t I talk about it? Interested in Bergamo? Here we go!

 

Bergamo, the undiscovered pearl of Northern Italy

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Not that many people know about the existence of Bergamo, for lots of people it is just, “oh yes Milan Bergamo where we can fly into with Ryanair”…Bergamo is much more than a Ryanair route let me tell you.

120’000 People live there, 40km away from Milan using the busy A4 Milano Venezia motorway, 50km away from Brescia and the Lake Garda, 38km away from Lecco (where the Lake Como area begins), 200km to the beautiful city of Venice, well connected internationally with Bergamo Orio al Serio airport and with the most beautiful hilltop medieval town surrounded by defensive walls built by the Venetians to preserve the city in the past from the attacks of the enemies (Bergamo in 1428 fell under the control of the Venetian Republic). Bergamo is known as well as Citta’ dei Mille (city of the thousands, because of its contribution to the Risorgimento, that takes to the Italian unification in 1861).

One of the most visited part of the city is Piazza Vecchia, the old square of the old town, called Citta’ Alta (upper city). This square is always patched with tourists from all over the world and locals, especially the students from the University of Bergamo which is based in the old part of the town. Patisserie, delicatessen shops, restaurants, bars, museums, churches, clothing shops, they is so much history and fun around Citta’ Alta.

Bergamo is a very fashionable city, it does feel the influence of the super fashionable next door neighbour Milano, the young people are image and brands obsessed, they all want to look good and they all want to make a statement everytime they walk into the latest bar to hang out and be seen, the “Bergamaschi” mingle at every occasion, lunch break, aperitif, dinner, after dinner, there is never a good excuse not to enjoy what the city offers!

If you fancy a bit of retail therapy Via XX Settembre it is the place to be, the shopping district of Bergamo bassa (the lower and newer part of Bergamo), you can have a nice and civilised breakfast at Balzer cafe, an institution in the city, you can get the funicular/cable car to go uptown to Citta’ Alta or you can walk up the long staircase that takes you to the old town, crowded with tourists and students…and what about the local food? There are so many local delights in the many trattorias and restaurant around, a must have for me is Casoncelli alla bergamasca (ravioli Bergamo style, stuffed with meat, pinenuts, herbs, amaretti and god knows what’s more) and coniglio con polenta taragna (rabbit with cheesy polenta), after a few days in Bergamo you might be a few pounds heavier but if you visit the city you cannot avoid the food experience that the city has to offer. Bergamo is always been a rich city, thanks to the many companies who used to serve the city and the big extended province of Bergamo. There is something particularly special about the city itself…the people are friendly, always up for a laugh and a drink, the sun does shine quite a lot, you might just need a moped and off you go to discover this beautiful place.

Now you all please book a flight and go to enjoy my beautiful hometown that I love and miss so much!

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I am writing this post because I am taking part of Giffgaff International Campaign – The Top Things to Know About Your Hometown

Photo credit by Catherine Coppens Photography

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