We are super happy to have our dear friend and collaborator to Casa Chiesi join us in this visual presentation of what we like to call The Italian Feeling.
Tosca Radigonda is a commercial and editorial photographer specialised in children and baby lifestyle photography with a vast list of clients worldwide. In this Event we will concentrate on her wonderful Italian portfolio and gather some insight towards her passion for Italy (She is married to Angelo, who she met in Milan and has a son named Milan…need we say more?)
In the meantime you can check out her wonderful work on her web site:www.toscaradigonda.com
We got our brand new business cards!!! Yeah!
Last night was quite a rough one here in Genoa. As you probably know I work as a consultant for a studio in Genoa which involves designing Cruise Ships since 1992. Back in 2011 on the day of my birthday a flash flood ran through the city creating havoc and blocking all transport in and out of the city. I was lucky enough to catch the last train to Milan but it took 6 hours to get back home (this usually is a 2 hour trip). Obviously it was a mess with my wife waiting to celebrate my birthday but having to delay stuff.
Here is a video that highlights the extent of what that was like:
Well now I am stuck again! Last night a flash flood covered the city again. To play it on the safe side I have taken the day off and laying low here in Camogli since they are expecting another huge storm to hit the city during the day.
On now on to some pretty impressive footage from last night:
Will try to re-enter Milan tomorrow by car! Let’s see how that goes!
Last week we were in Parma visiting and preparing new material for Casa Chiesi (nice stuff I must add) and I must add that with the beauty of this great city…the food is to die for! Since we did not have much time to enjoy a nice restaurant I decided to hit the local cold cuts supplier! Check out this small video teaser….Food porn at it’s best!
If you ask any Italian from the north of Italy were Camogli is you’ll receive as an answer a languid sigh “ ah, Camogli !”. I was lucky enough to have a father that grew there and a mother that used to go on holiday in the same place back in the late forties.
Three are the highlights of this landscape piece of art: Panavision sunsets, irresistible focaccia’s and a fakir big stones beach that keep away the unmotivated visitors. I sometimes know tourists routes work like our synapses (preferring to follow known paths) and most of the American traveler tend to go to Le 5 Terre but make the effort to change the trend and have a look to this perfectly preserved Ligurian corner.
As most of you know we have the fortune of having a small country retreat up in Val Tidone which provides us with an escape valve to run away to over the weekend. One of the marvels that occur each year around the month of October is the arrival of fresh chestnuts in the back woods close to the house. These tend to be relatively small in size but quite tasty, to say the least. As you can imagine Betti can get a bit aggressive when it comes to picking them!
Ever since I arrived in this country I have always had one dream: buying an original Fiat 500 from the 50’s era. Yes, I know that I am not a car buff but once I saw one of these jewels roaming the streets of Milan I just had to have one! Considering that now it is an object that will catapult you towards Hipster stardom (obviously they have become harder to find!) it is a challenge to tear one of these baby’s away from the so called “in crowd”
Maybe we can put a Casa Chiesi Logo on the side doors just like Herbie had!!!
There is nothing better than a nice Italian wedding in my book Especially if it’s my sister-in-law the one that is getting married! Last Friday we had the pleasure of staying over at her closest friends beautiful house and partaking of such a great event! For the occasion she decided to simplify the process (a typical Italian wedding is a four to five course meal that goes on for hours with people just stuffing themselves like there is no tomorrow!) and provide a nice combined full platter buffet (one for cold cuts and the other one for diverse cheese: Parmigiano, gorgonzola, smoked buffalo mozzarella along with extra stuff to long to mention!).
To close out the evening we had a huge Paella (for about 150 guests so the size of the pan was huge! 1.5-meter diameter!) and a lovely cake with a couple of singers and bands!! Check out the video!
Obviously, it was a super exciting event considering that all sisters love our new brother-in-law and my mother-in-law approved (that’s amore!)
The Chiesi Clan: Elisabetta, Simone and Patty (the one that got married)
We just got back into Milan today after a wonderful 3-week break from all the hectic running around and left our wonderful summer house (small house but great none the less!). The strange thing is that this year we had a really strange summer: mostly cold, rainy and yucky to say the least! On the last day here as we woke up and looked outside our small cottage window the sun was bright, the sky was blue and a strange feeling of having been tricked settled into our hearts!
Maybe the best way to express this is in a video:
And to follow some wonderful memories of a great summer with our dear friends who came down to visit from London. Michael Corsar (the guy with the beard) worked with a major design studio in Milan, Italy for close to a decade before getting married with Susan (a wonderful chef who has worked at St. Johns in London) and moved back to the City (London). On a whim of the moment, they decided to book the tickets and spend the beginning of August in the countryside along with our other dear friends Carlo and Yvonne who also own a nice country house about 5 minutes from our place. At the end of the stay and before heading back to London, Michael looked over at me while we had one of many glasses of Gutturnio red and told me: you have no idea how I miss Italy and the Italian way of life….Can I say that I understood and felt a strong emotion for which words can never express…yes, my friend I can believe it!
While on Holiday’s we prepared some fun stuff for our dear friend Jeff Sieh so that he can work on a super cool Casa Chiesi video intro for us.
Here is a bit of a backstage peek so you get the idea…Our daughter Zoe was involved in the photo shoot and she was quite severe with the models involved!