Melting Around Côte d’Azur With Our Dogs

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”

Our Dogs Took Us To Monte Carlo

Dogs in Monte Carlo

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).

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Dogs Sniffing Fragrances In Grasse The Perfume Capital Of The World

The Maison Molinard was founded in 1849 in Grasse, the world's perfume capital.

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”

From Biarritz To Rocamadour With Dogs And Monkeys

Maltese dog in Rocamadour with the church of Our Lady of Rocamadour Black Madonna

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”

Giving France One More Chance

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”

Our Dogs Visiting The Dolce & Gabbana’s Island Of Capri

Maltese dog and Faraglioni rocks in Capri

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.
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Taormina The Grande Dame Of The Ionian Sea

Maltese dog in beautiful Taormina

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”

Volcano Etna Beauty and Beast

Maltese dog and beautiful flowers growing all around Mount Etna

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”

In Corleone We Left The Guns And Took The Cannoli

Maltese dog looking for trouble in Corleone Sicily

We went to visit Corleone, the famous mafia nest in the mountains of Sicilia.

It is known as the birthplace of several Mafia bosses, the real ones (Tommy Gagliano, Jack Dragna, Giuseppe Morello, Michele Navarra, Luciano Leggio, Leoluca Bagarella, Salvatore Riina and Bernando Provenzano) and the fictional ( Vito (Andolini) Corleone). Continue reading “In Corleone We Left The Guns And Took The Cannoli”

In Cefalú We Had Espresso With Fire

Maltese dog in a charming Taormina

Cefalu, a fishing little town, is known as the “pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea”, for its rich history, cathedral, churches, and adorable Mediterranean cobbled streets converted into a pedestrian zone.
I warned A.: “We can NOT enter Cefalu by car. We'll have to walk! I'm sorry, I know it's as hot as in hell but Cefalu is a must!”. Continue reading “In Cefalú We Had Espresso With Fire”