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My boyfriend recently suggested that we vistit Venice, thinking that it was the place all romantic couples should visit. I’m pretty much happy taking a stroll along the nearest beach or a cobbled street late at night window shopping. I know, you would like a bit more detail: I live in Alba, Italy, so for me strolling along the main shopping street in Alba at night is still quite a joy, the smell of chocolate from the Ferrero factory and truffles from the various restaurants and gastro shops leaking out from under their doors. Not the nearest but the most desirable and nearly nearest beach would be Varigotti. I especially love this beach in the winter when the jade coloured sea looks like a piece of flowing velvet. I even love to be “billy no mates” on this beach! Honestly.

Venice and I had a funny first encounter but I’m sure we will meet again some day to put things straight!

Me, a 10 year old with my sister, parents and another family we had met in Carole spent a “memorable” day in Venice. Wherever we went at the end of May was always thrown into an immediate heatwave, so as we followed our guide into St. Mark’s square you could be forgiven for not keeping up with her and fainting on the spot under the 38°c that cracked the pavement and almost evaporated the lagoon! “Yoohoo english” came the calling from our guide, the young italian lady with pink and white  polka dot umbrella, trying desperately to huddle together all of her delicate white chicks, the english.

My sister and I played “Italian guide lady” for months after our vist, with umbrella in hand of course.

Lunch was a rather yummy pack lunch made by my rather yummy mummy very early that morning and carried in our faithful freezer box by our strong daddy. I still can’t believe how mum and dad managed to train from Newcastle to Spain, Italy or France with two small children, case, freezer box and other small bags in tow. A regular in the freezer box was Primular cheese spread. Not to forget corned beef.

We sat by the grand canal near the Rialto canal bridge and tucked into our sarnies. Romantic? The most smelliest place I have ever been. Canal + heatwave = smell. Never being the type of person to be easily put off my food, we ate just the same, well, not many people can say they’ve had a picnic with the view of the Rialto bridge.

In the afternoon we found a shaded spot to eat our ice creams. It was there that we discovered the chicken pox. The family we had travelled with that day, who were also staying in the same appartments as us in Carole, had three children. Delightfully itchy children. We all had an inspection, t-shirts off! Locals passed by with faces of disgust, but my mam’s face of panic turned to relief as we had no trace of the itchy blighters. It was only going to be a matter of time though. Our pals were covered from head to toe, but the worst thing of all was that their father also began to itch and feel really unwell. We made our way back to Carole and our pals’ dad spent the rest of his holiday in bed, we were worried he would never make it home. It wasn’t just a case of hopping on a plane, we had a long train ride back to the northeast of England, and ferry of course. We made it though, freezer box and all. My sister and I then had another 3 weeks off school with Venetian chicken pox! Or at least that’s what I like to think!

More than 28 years later my mam and dad still receive a christmas card and update from our chickenpox friends from York. Their dad took quite some time to get over his shingles, but I can remember that shortly afterwards we went to visit them on a day trip to York, by train with the freezer box!

So yes, there it is, my first blog. My romantic venetian chicken pox, well I had to have a good reason for missing three weeks of school.

My next visit to Venice could be with my boyfriend and his mum, she wants to see Venice before she dies. Somehow I think I’ll still miss out on the romantic Venice with mother-in-law in tow. I think I’d rather have the freezer box in tow.

In the meantime I just keep falling in love with Francesco and his Venice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBoHska-RjA

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Oggi pubblichiamo qualche foto scattata durante l’inaugurazione della nostra filiale di Novi Ligure!

Come molti di voi sapranno, in questo nuovo punto vendita ci occupiamo soprattutto di viaggi in tutto il mondo e vista la partnership in Matrimonio Divino, ci stiamo specializzando in Viaggi di Nozze.

Lella, che si occupa della nuova sede, ha molta esperienza e siccome ha viaggiato moltissimo saprà sempre fornire i migliori consigli per qualsiasi destinazione richiesta.

Sabato 26 Febbraio siamo state molto fortunate perché è stata una bella giornata e questo ci ha permesso di allestire il cortile adiacente all’agenzia.

Il catering era diviso in 2 zone: una dedicata al Piemonte e l’altra alla Toscana.

Perché la Toscana?

Perché abbiamo avuto la possibilità di iniziare a collaborare con alcuni referenti di zona, persone molto appassionate che lavorano nel campo della ristorazione  e dell’accoglienza, che ci hanno fatto conoscere quella Toscana autentica e affascinante che non si trova sulle guide turistiche, ma che solo la gente del posto ti può indicare.

Così Stile Divino, in un primo momento, ha deciso di sviluppare l’incoming verso i paesi stranieri, così come fa già per il Piemonte, ma oggi che è diventata un’agenzia di viaggi volevamo far presente che i nostri tour toscani si rivolgono anche agli italiani che vogliono visitare quella zona con occhi diversi, in coppia o in gruppo. I nostri ospiti verranno accolti in Toscana con il calore con il quale si accolgono gli amici di vecchia data. Questo calore ed entusiasmo ci ha stupiti dalla prima volta che li abbiamo conosciuti e, proprio per questo, abbiamo voluto condividere l’esperienza con coloro che hanno partecipato all’inaugurazione.

Due amici dalla Toscana con cui collaboriamo, Flavio e Antonella, sono venuti fin qua per preparare con noi questo evento ed hanno cucinato e servito alcune specialità, con tutta la professionalità e amore che compete loro. Flavio è proprietario dell’”Antica fattoria del Grottaione” (vedi locandina) ed è un ottimo cuoco.

 

L'Antica Fattoria del Grottaione

Prestissimo pubblicheremo le nostre idee di tour dal Piemonte verso la Toscana e le foto più belle del viaggio che abbiamo fatto in Toscana la scorsa estate.

Per l’allestimento vero e proprio, invece, vedrete il tocco di Monia, la nostra partner in Matrimonio Divino, esperta in organizzazione di eventi.

Ormai siamo un team unico..al punto che un giornalista ci ha definito le 5 cugine! (vedi articolo).

 

L'articolo di Panorama Novi che parla di noi!

Ci saranno presto delle novità e delle new entry!!!!

Daniela

Ecco il cortile "addobbato"

Piemonte...

... Toscana e... Flavio!

Ottimo vino...

... e ottimo cibo!

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