Côte d’Azur is too astonishing to be driving on the highway and not being able to absorb its beauty. We stopped in every village between Nice and Saint Tropez. Continue reading “Melting Around Côte d’Azur With Our Dogs”
After running all around Provence in a search of every existing lavender plant and spending hours in the perfume factory, I decided to finish with the ME, ME & ME part of the trip and dedicate the rest of the day to A. and his obsession with car races in Monaco.
(How is it possible he knows every single curve of the Monte Carlo's main road without ever been here before is beyond me).
It was Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II, who introduced perfumes to France. She “brought” (he sounds kidnapped to me) her perfume maker from Italy and his lab was linked to her with a secret passage, so no formula could be stolen.
The perfumes enjoyed success when scented gloves became popular and replaced the smelly ones and the court of King Louis XV was called a fragrant courtyard. He required a different scent every day from his courtesan, Madame de Pompadour, who ordered huge supplies. Perfumes were applied even to furniture and they replaced soap and water. An “excellent” idea.
Two liters of cologne was delivered to Napoleon every week, while Josephine preferred a musk and used it so much that her boudoir smelled sixty years after her death. Continue reading “Dogs Sniffing Fragrances In Grasse The Perfume Capital Of The World”
The lavender was my obsession with this trip.
On each trip, I discover some new obsession, so A. runs around the country trying to satisfy my desires. This time it was lavender fields.
We do have lavender in Croatia, but my obsessions are not run by any logic. Continue reading “Our Dogs Loved Running Through The Lavender Fields In Provence”
The first thing you notice when you enter France, coming from Spain, is that people on the street don't scream while talking.
Even the children behave.
And yes, the dogs are everywhere, behaving even better than anyone else. Continue reading “From Biarritz To Rocamadour With Dogs And Monkeys”
While living in Barcelona and driving back home to Croatia, I used to cross France two times a month. I have to admit my experiences were rather negative.
People not able to communicate with me, irritate me, considering I speak, write and read 5 languages. How much easier could I make it for you?
I could learn French?
Yes, I could, I learn languages with ease. I just refuse to learn French. I prefer to learn Swahili. Continue reading “Giving France One More Chance”
Gucci visited Capri, an island of sun and lemon.
The “jewel of the Mediterranean”, this small island is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. With its atmosphere of refinement and wealth, its narrow alleyways, pastel houses, pebble beaches, and the crystalline sea, the island of Capri stands out among all the others.
Continue reading “Our Dogs Visiting The Dolce & Gabbana’s Island Of Capri”
Sicilia Outlet Village is the largest shopping mall in Sicily, located in the center of the island, closer to the east coast of Sicily (Catania and Taormina). The location is pretty unusual, in the middle of the mountains, far away from everything. Continue reading “Sicilia Outlet Village Honey I’m Home”
The glamorous Taormina has that vibe of a medieval, untouchable beauty with an ancient greek soul, dressed in Mediterranean colors and perfumes, hugged by the mountains, admired by the visitors, while she watches the world around her from above, from the cliffs above the sea.
One of the most beautiful places in the world, it has been the prestigious summer residence of emperors, aristocrats, and bankers, from the Wilhelm II German Emperor to the Rothschilds. Continue reading “Taormina The Grande Dame Of The Ionian Sea”
Before I visited Etna for the first time, I thought a volcano consisted of one large hill with a hole at the top, from which smoke, fire and lava flow (more or less “Joe versus the volcano” vision). I was surprised to learn Etna was a hill on the slopes of which are hundreds of small, long-extinct smaller volcanoes that you can climb all over. Continue reading “Volcano Etna Beauty and Beast”