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Vino (VEE-no) in Italian means “wine”.

We had a great opportunity to participate in a wine tasting trip… at “Roberto Manara” winery. It is in a little town called “Ziano Piacentino”… about 1 hour from Milan, Italy.
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Roberto Manara – Tenuta Ferraia
Address: loc. Vicomarino 140
Ziano Piacentino (PC), ITALIA
Website: www.robertomanara.it
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When we arrived it was raining a lot. Staff took us to see equipments for the processes of producing wines. There were machines to filter and separate grapes. Inside the winery, there were several containers to store grapes…that was fermentation process… little by little, they will turn into wine.
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At reception table… there was a display of signature bottle of Roberto Manara


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Staff was explaining the procedures of making wine

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Cheese, different types of salumi, focaccia, etc. little treats during a wine tasting

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Ready for “Wine Tasting”

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Sparkling wines and others at Roberto Manara


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After a wine tasting we went to a little restaurant in Vicobarone…a town near by… the place is call “Antica Trattoria del Tempio”. First Course was “gnocchetti” with peanut cream sauce. It was really good… fresh pasta with yummy sauce! I really like it.

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Second Course was stew chicken and mashed potato. It was alright.

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Different types of pastries after lunch.

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Beautiful painting inside a restaurant

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Little entertainment during our lunch… it was so much fun!!

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Roberta Manara has produces good quality wine (white, red, sparkling). The prices are very affordable! That’s what I like about it. Check out their website… there are more information there (www.robertomanara.it)

Phi Phi Island (Phi Phi Don)

We had a chance to travel to Phi Phi Island in August 2011. It was difficult to see how the weather would be like. Fortunately, we were there during the good day, no rain — very nice and warm. (August is considered to be a monsoon period for The South of Thailand).

Tourists normally take ferries or speed boat as means of transportation. We decided to take a medium size ferry from Phuket. It took around 90 minutes to reach Phi Phi Don.

The sky was a bit cloudy but bright. The ocean looked emerald green… we loved it!

 

 

 

 

The picture was taken while we were on a ferry.

 

 

 

 

We were getting close to the Island… you can see how green the sea water is.

 

 

 

 

Loh Da Lam Bay… another part of Phi Phi Don

 

 

 

 

Small boat was floating at Loh Da Lam Bay

 

 

 

 

Sun bathing and Thai message station… (at Ton Sai Bay)

 

 

 

 

Bungalows — at Phi Phi Don Island

 

 

 

 

Small restaurants… just right on the beach.

 

 

 

 

Tropical Fruits: Durian, Jackfruit, Mango, Coconut, Mangos teens, etc.

 

 

 

 

Speed boat — small but fast

 

 

 

 

A ferry … medium size, ours looked similar to this one.

 

 

 

 

Local noodle restaurant — Ba Mi Som Jit

 

 

 

 

We had 2 different kinds of noodles – with soup and without soup. They were very tasty!

 

We really liked this place… Phi Phi Don Island… the ocean on west coast of Thailand looks gorgeous! I would love to be back again!

We really had a great opportunity to spend our summer vacation in Thailand. We were in Phuket (Kata Beach). It was nice and quiet. Although August is considered a monsoon period the weather was nice and warm almost all the time.

One afternoon, our friend took us to see a city view from Big Buddha… it was amazing sight to see towns and beaches all around Phuket, Thailand.

 

 

 

“Big Buddha” situated on the mountain where we needed to drive up there. Once we got to the place, seeing the view was really amazing!

 

 

 

Close to “Big Buddha”, there was a demonstration board which showed all kinds of foreign currencies. (The donation table for temple was near by… that’s why there were many tourists gave some donations for that place)

 

 

 

We found Italian “Lire”, which now is not in use anymore. Italy has changed to Euro currency a few years back. I thought it was kind of cool to see some of old banknotes!

 

 

 

We went to Laem Promtep (Promtep Cape) to see a sunset. It was a very well known spot for locals (and also non-locals) to be there and see the sun set… reaches down to the ocean. The sight was beautiful… breathtaking!

 

 

 

Many people started taking their spots… watching the sun set.

 

 

 

It was very close to 6pm… we started seeing the sun moving down.

 

 

 

The ocean turned into gold color!… so beautiful!

 

 

 

Slowly and slowly… the sun went down into the ocean sky line.

 

 

 

Dinner: beach & Thai style… seafood and some spicy dishes. I love it!

 

 

 

My hubby’s favorite… rice and chicken fried with garlic.

 

 

 

Love… Love… Love… Phuket, Thailand. I so want to be back again!

Every last Sunday of the moth, there is an open market along Navigli canal in Milan, Italy. It was really warm day (30c). I couldn’t believe how warm it was. Still people were not afraid to get burned under the sun. I saw hundreds and hundreds of visitors walking along Navigli, browsing items and enjoying gelato! It was called “Antique Market” because most of vendors were selling vintage and antique stuff. They were interesting, some were collectible.

Loving a wonderful weekend!

Navigli Canal (June 26th, 2011)

 
 
 
French style items!


 
 
 
Navigli on the 26th of June.


 
 
 
Let’s continue walking along Navigli.


 
 
 
Shoes, shoes and shoes!


 
 
 
Vintage dresses


 
 
 
Hats and vintage hats


 
 
 
Paintings… lots and lots of paintings


 
 
 
There were some items… looked like calculators, cash registers, type writers, etc. Some were really back in the old days… wow!


 
 
 
Freezers… coolers… vintage coca cola style…


 
 
 
During these times… nothing is better than fresh gelato… loving Gelateria Marghera (Via Marghera 33, Milano)


 
 
 
Summer is already here… I will probably be away from time to time… taking a nice and long vacation… hope you all have great summer holidays!

The weather is so nice in Milan, Italy. Well, it could rain a lot sometimes but still it is nice and shine. I had a little time in the afternoon, checked out stores and shops around Piazza del Duomo. The tourists were packed as usual. Love a nice and easy day…

Zucca is a coffee shop inGalleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The unique thing about this place is they have an old fashion mosaic wall… love how it looks. I read a tourist guide about Zucca, it was famous for opera writers and performers to come have a cup of coffee in the past… well, it is just a walking distance to “La Scala”… no wonder… still it is famous for Milanese to come until these days.


 
 
 
 

Let’s walking around checking shops in that area!!!

Louis Vuitton


 
 
 
 
Stuffed animals… Pirate style!


 
 
 
 
Sephora


 
 
 
 
Duomo di Milano (Photographed on June 8th, 2011). It was a bit cloudy on that day.


 
 
 
 
Security is everywhere… New mayor is in town!


 
 
 
 
Zara – Summer Collection is here!


 
 
 
 
Geox


 
 
 
 
Mango – Love their clothes and summer dresses!


 
 
 
 
Ladurée – got to love French macarons… New boxes are here!


 
 
 
 
M.A.C store on Via Torino.


 
 
 
 
Flowers are everywhere right now! Spring is here!


 
 
 
 
Gelato is perfect for an afternoon dessert… so hot and humid on that day.
Dopocena = gelato with different varieties of toppings


 
 
 
 
I really like gelato from Galateria Marghera (Milan, Italy)


 
 
 
 
Hydrangea on my balcony: pink and purple


 
 
 
 
Have a nice day, everyone!!!

Last weekend (May 7-8), we had so much walking along “Naviglio” canal in Milan, Italy. There was an event called “Arte sul Naviglio”, which was an open show (and market)… illustrated different paintings from artists mainly in Milano. It was fun… the weather was nice, bright and shine… wish we could have enjoyed more than just a weekend!

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Photos from “Arte sul Naviglio” during May 7-8, 2011

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Different paintings were put outsite… for sales.

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“Shoes” – this is one my favorites.

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Transportations in Milan: Scooters, Fiat 500, Trams

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Trams in Milano

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Paintings of nature, flowers, forest, etc.

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Another view of Navigli Canal

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Paintings from Florence (Firenze)

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Spring is here! We see flowers blooming everywhere!

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Peace Lily

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Flamingo Flowers

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Holly branches and Hydrangea

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Coffee shops and restaurants at Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (near Piazza del Duomo)

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Flowers are everywhere.

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Gelato shops are open again for Spring/Summer.

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A book I am ready, Summer and the City… It is very fun! I enjoyed getting to know “Carrie Bradshaw” back in the 80s… she was so cool… can’t wait to see SATC 3… will it be coming soon????

It has been bright and shine throughout the week in Milan, ItalyEaster is approaching, we start seeing all kinds of chocolate eggs, bunnies, etc., around the town. Last week at Piazza dei Mercanti, there was an open market… not just an ordinary one… it is a chocolate open market!

All hail to chocolate lovers… everyone was having a great time walking and shopping… let’s have a look!

 

Duomo di Milano (all made with chocolate)

 

 

 

 

At Piazza dei Mercanti (Milan, Italy)

 

 

 

 

Chocolate for sales

 

 

 

 

Chocolate in a shape of salumi

 

 

 

 

Making some chocolate cream

Chocolate cream in jars

 

 

 

 

Chocolate in animal shapes

 

 

 

 

Little cakes coated with chocolate

 

 

 

 

Little pots and espresso maker (all made with chocolate)

 

 

 

 

Chocolate made into cookies shape

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Bars

 

 

 

 

Cheese and little mice! (all made with chocolate)

 

 

 

 

Easter Eggs – wrapped in paper bags

 

 

 

 

Chocolate tasting for FREE!

 

 

 

 

Chocolate made into different shapes (pines, leaves, shells, eggs, etc.)

 

 

 

 

We have an entertainer in the market!

 

 

 

 

Just some books from my “Jane Austen” collection — love reading them all!

 

 

 

 

Book I’m reading right now – “Persuasion”

 

 

 

 

Rouge Coco Shine – Deauville 67
I am loving this lipstick… in the tube, it looks a little dark, but it actually comes out as nude and light brown! Love the texture (lip and gloss). It is very moisturizing. Yes, I will repurchase again!

 

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