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!
Most people marvel at the fact that Italians really enjoy and can afford the long summer holidays. When the month of July comes to the conversation in most Italian office’s centers around inquiries towards which beach is the best or how long are you taking off this year? (a typical Italian summer break can hover between two weeks to a whole month..)
When most of our friends come and visit us in August, they tend to marvel at the fact that everything is closed and wonder how can the economy of such a country withstand the full or partial closure for a whole month! We just tell them to sit back and relax as we pour another glass of wine over a wonderful summer dinner in a nice location.
This year we decided to take off the first three weeks of August and head to the Val Tidone area where we are lucky enough to have a small country house precisely in the location of Casa Bazzari which is up in the hills at around 700 meters above sea level.
The great thing about our location is that serene calm and quite govern Ca Bazzari (there are roughly 20 houses in this small locality with about 35 people living here). The not so great thing is the terrible internet connection which drives my husband crazy but at least gives me a chance to have him for myself during the break (although he managed to find a sliver of connection upstairs in the right corner by the old doll house!).
As I look out towards the beautiful Italian hills from our garden while trying to figure out how long my husband can survive without a decent connection I secretly feel the blessing that is an Italian summer! E viva!!