While in Milan, we visited the famous Monumental Cemetery, which features artistic tombs and monuments created by great Italian sculptors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of the life-sized, beautiful statues focus on those who have been left behind. Some of the pieces so moving, we were left in tears. Considered an open-air museum, it's a peaceful and beautiful spot for quiet contemplation. I hope, through these photos, you can feel the tranquility and beauty of this remarkable resting place of many of Milan's prominent citizens.
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We loved our time in Venice. Rooted in history, Venice is a place you should visit at least once in your lifetime. The architecture, colorful buildings and sparkling canals, set against the Italian blue sky are stunningly beautiful.
It's easy to hop on a vaporetto (water taxi) to take you along the canal or transport you to a near by island. We particularly enjoyed Murano which is famous for their venetian glass.
Although St. Mark's Square, and surrounding area, are overwhelmingly crowded, it is nonetheless still worth experiencing. We spent much of our time roaming charming back passages and popping into quaint restaurants. Venetians enjoy sipping an Aperol spritz with an assortment of cicchetti, or small plates so you can graze throughout the day. Our most memorable meal was a delicious black risotto with cuttlefish. Of course, we treated ourselves to daily trips to the geletario. For the best gelato visit Suso - my personal favorites were pistachio and lemon.
Besides the beauty of the city itself, my most memorable experience was attending an Antonio Vivaldi concert in San Maurizio Church - Music Museum. Vivaldi, born in Venice, lived and worked most of his life in the city. We were treated to the Four Seasons by the Interpreti Veneziani ensemble.
A sunset cruise on the grand canal is not to be missed. Peeks into narrow canals with unforgettable views of spacious palaces, churches and passing gondolas are all what makes Venice so picturesque.
Next up, my favorite stop on our Europe trip, Lake Como.
Setting a beautiful table is one of my favorite things to do when entertaining. Visit this inspiring site to search beautiful examples of table settings in the color palette of your choice. Just click on the "Inspiration" link in the heading to choose your color palette.
My husband has taught me many things, one being to always travel light. I'm headed to Europe for a month and I'm only bringing this carry-on. Having only one small bag provides freedom and flexibility especially when taking public transport, which we always do. A light traveler is a happy traveler!
Are you a Friday night pizza lover? I recently purchased this cookbook which I read cover to cover. Highly recommend it if you are as enthusiastic about baking your own pizza as I am. Simple and delicious!
I'm a huge fan of listening to podcasts when working in the studio. A new recent discovery is Tea and Tattle. It's a lifestyle podcast co-hosted by Miranda Mills and Sophie Butler. Weekly discussions are held on favorite books, styling, gardening and more! There are many interviews with creative women which I find both fascinating and inspiring. And for my fellow anglophiles, it is UK based.
Siobhan Ferguson, of Pretty City London Instagram account, is launching a new book. I've already pre-ordered mine.
Is anyone watching this season of Martha Bakes? She's highlighting cookies from all over the world. After watching the Great Britain episode, I was inspired to make a batch of the Scottish Shortbread. I have to practice with the shortbread pan in forming the cookies better, but I'm pretty happy with this first attempt.
I'm always asked if we eat everything I bake, and sometimes we do. However, many times our neighbors and friends are happy gift recipients. These stacks of individual shortbread slices will be delivered this evening.
All custom note cards are currently 20% off. A perfect gift for the season’s upcoming celebrations - weddings, showers, Mother’s & Father’s Day, and graduations. Price points begin at less than $10. Visit the shop to view our entire collection.
Made a batch of these toasted coconut marshmallows this week. They are one of my favorite treats and so much better than store bought. Super easy to make as well. They also look beautiful when packaged for hostess gifts or Easter baskets. Recipe can be found here.
Liberty of London paper cups are available in my shop.