Ooh La La, Paris! The shopping is fabulous, but everything is very expensive, including coffee! Even so, I did manage to stimulate the French economy a bit. A gorgeous cashmere oversized turtleneck in pale blue, some costume jewelry for my daughters and the required tourist trinket:
Yes, it is the Eiffel Tower and it lights up….Chia made me buy it 😉
The highlight of the shopping for me was going to Caron Parfumerie. I bought some honest to goodness French perfume, but the real treat is viewing the shop itself.
The bottles, boxes and compacts made me feel like I was in Marie Antoinette’s boudoir. I wanted one of each, but had to stop at the perfume….
How fun would it be to have a sister tour for Florence Shop 4 It in Paris?
Been getting colder here in Florence, but still sunny and 70 during the day. Chia and I have been taking long walks along the river Arno every day.
I love wearing boots again, and have been adding to my collection! Also added a deep navy handbag and a gorgeous scarf to my wardrobe. Some new designs have just come into Ricardo’s shop- patented designs, so unique to his shop!
The Mercato Centrale has opened the entire upstairs, which houses several restaurants and bio food shops. Had a yummy salmon dinner there the other night.
In Piazza Santa Croce there is a yearly market that has fall flowers and bulbs, food, wine, etc. Chia and I are waiting until this evening at 7pm when the cyclamen are sold off for only 1 euro each! Might have to take my shopping cart to carry as many as possible back to the apartment….
Chia and I spent a delightful weekend in Bologna with our friend, Abbey.
We discovered that there is more than just the Leaning Tower of Pisa! In Bologna, we saw two towers next to each other which both appear to lean! At first we thought it was just one, but after circumventing the area, looks like both lean!
Drinking cafe macchiato in one of the loggia, eating fabulous lasagnetta verde in a charming ristorante and drinking some great wine.
The weather was perfect, and even though we took the wrong train and had a little detour through Rome, we had a good laugh and a great weekend in Bologna….
Although the weather is still very mild and sunny, the fall vegetables are making an appearance in the markets. And fall makes me think of mainly one thing: BOOTS!
I love all of the new short boots, which the Italian women wear with dresses, leggings and pants.
And what goes best with boots? Cashmere of course! There are gorgeous sweaters here in yummy shades that will make even the gray Seattle winter better. The pashminas and the silk cashmere scarves will help too. Some sparkly gold Florentine jewelry will as well!
This week we have been shopping for jewelry nearly every day. The biggest problem I have with this is that I want everything I see!
Chia and I made some nice new friends, but Chia thinks jewelry shopping is a big yawn….
I am trying to decide upon a ring to purchase for my husband to give me! Here are some options:
So much easier for me to help other people select pieces than to select one for myself. And Chia is absolutely no help with this!