The handmade paper here in Florence is beautiful. I suggest it as a nice little gift to bring back home. I always get a stack of the notepads and paper to give as hostess gifts with a bottle of wine. A big plus for travelers as it is easy to pack!
The 7 ladies from Houston, who were shopping with me, fell in love with the chunky 18k gold jewelry- good prices and stunning workmanship!
Have old jewelry that you don’t wear, or don’t like? Look at what the goldsmith made recycling some gold and diamonds supplied by a darling shopper from Austin. The people at the workshop are calling it, “La Croce del Papa,” which means the Pope’s Cross. This is an absolute show stopper!!!
This is a photo of my first Mother’s Day! I celebrated this Mother’s Day shopping here in Florence with a mother and daughter.
It has been an extremely busy couple of weeks, with shopping clients every day, and sometimes two shopping tours per day. Chia is happily trotting along with us, and especially likes the Florentine paper store.
I am loving the colors this spring. Midnight blue leather jackets, green handbags and gloves…..one client just had a pair of custom boots made in navy blue suede and leather- gorgeous! And just look at all the color possibilities! Think I need a pair of these boots! Well, I do have the camel suede and leather boots, but thinking of a fall color now. Just cannot decide!
Chia and I have been so busy, traveling to the Tuscan countryside, to Ravenna, getting more handbags from Fabio and taking people shopping here in Florence. The weeks to come will be even busier!
Here are a couple of the new bags Fabio has given me to show my shopping clients. I have a dozen of them, but several have been spoken for already! Each is unique and I am having trouble deciding which one I want to keep for myself…
Will post photos of the other bags as soon as I catch my breath! And I must remember to take photos of the new leather jackets and spring scarves….
Easter is huge here in Florence! The decorations have been up for weeks, and Chia likes the Easter egg trees in Mercato Centrale.
We were going to see the festivities in Piazza del Duomo, but the crowds are a bit too much for a small dog! And even though she only weighs 8.5 pounds, she gets heavy for me to carry.
On Easter Sunday every year, Florence celebrates the religious holiday in a very special way. The Scoppio del Carro, or the “Explosion of the Cart”, dates back over 350 years. An elaborate wagon built in 1622 and standing two to three stories high is pulled by a pair of oxen decorated in garlands through the streets of Florence to the square between the Baptistry and Cathedral.
The Cart, properly rigged with a suitable arsenal of fireworks, then awaits in front of the cathedral. From the cathedral’s altar, at around 11 am, when the “Gloria” is sung inside the church, the Archbishop uses the fire to light a dove–shaped rocket (called the “Colombina” and symbolizing the Holy Spirit) and this in turns flies out down a wire to the outside of the church and collides with the Cart in the square, setting off a spectacular firework display to the cheers of all, the Explosion of the Cart ensues! If the complex ritual proceeds smoothly and all of the fireworks go off, good luck is ensured for a good harvest for this year as well as for the city and its citizens – so we hope for a wonderful explosion of the cart every Easter!
And YES! I am wearing my Easter earrings, designed by the goldsmith last year.