Tuscan experiences, musings, and travel tips brought to you by Carol Faenzi
March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women's DayWho are the women in your life that you honor? How is this day celebrated in Italy and why is the Mimosa flower its symbol? This is the perfect day to reflect on our friendships […]
January 5, 2021

Year of Magical Thinking

Year of Magical ThinkingThe stroke of midnight birthing a new year as the old one faded, was a weird cocktail of emotions for me: relief, gratitude, sadness, elation, and hope. I don’t think any of us would say that we […]
September 15, 2020

Summer Herb Recipe

Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Basil, Parsley, Greek Oregano, MintThese are the herbs that have been flourishing all summer long in my small garden and continue to offer me gifts every day. I have used them abundantly all season but soon, nature […]
August 31, 2020

Silk Textiles and Fine Art

A Beautiful Life Begins at Home"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris, Textile DesignerLike everyone, I have spent most of these last few months in the […]
August 12, 2020

Cleveland’s Little Italy

Suddenly, all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”No, it’s not Tuscany, which I am used to visiting twice a year and missing terribly. But recently, […]
August 12, 2020

Frittata di Zucchini

Italy’s Version of The Omelette My nonna, Olga, often made a simple frittata with the abundance of summer vegetables in her garden. I remember eating it cold for lunch the next day and thinking it was even more delicious. Use […]
June 29, 2020

Puccini, Plants, and Pandemic

Your eyes do not deceive you!These are live plants occupying over 2,000 seats in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona's Opera House. It is the Theatre's opening night performance after Spain lifted lock down restrictions about a week ago.Spanish artist, […]
June 9, 2020

The Beauty That Remains

We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.” - Mary OliverIs writing or reading about Beauty trivial in the light of what our society is experiencing right now?How can we hold Beauty in our hearts […]
April 4, 2020

La casa italiana

The kitchen and the table are the very center of the Italian soul. Having friends and several generations of family gather to have their stomachs and souls nourished is almost a daily ritual - and as we know, today, in […]
March 22, 2020

Beauty Will Save The World

Beauty will save the world."  - Fyodor Dostoyevsky(The happy photos above were taken by L. Brooks at the Amsterdam airport on our way to Athens).I started writing this blog several times during the past couple of weeks. Things changed, as […]