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About Lignano and Las Vegas – the Past and the Future. The Stories, Pictures and Smells from the Journey.

From here to there and everywhere. How does that sound? If you have that little travel bug in you and the urge to see and feel as much of the diversity and saturation of the world as you possibly can in your limited time on this planet as a human, then that first sentence should kind of sound like a dream travel-plan. Or life-journey?

However you want to look at it, I love experiencing new countries, new food, culture, vibe, people, smells, the colour of the light and the intensity of the shadows on this side of the street and the other. We’ve seen quite a lot of new places this year, spent some amazing time exploring as a family and enjoying each others company in a variety of new locations. And I mean, every time I actually take the time and sit down to write about our comings and goings, I look back in awe and think to myself: “Oh wow it’s been so long since I last wrote anything in the blog!”. I’ve gotten over it though, as we go about our everyday life, I’m way more active in Instagram cause posting a picture is like  getting a Spritz Aperol at the town square – easy, fun, done and done. Writing a post here is more like hosting a dinner gathering – still fun but requires a little bit more preparation, I have to gather my thoughts more and it’s not as spontaneous as Instagram.  I like doing both though, I just don’t host dinner parties every day.

But I would like to take some time and write about our adventures. But instead of dissecting this subject chronologically, I’m going to cover our travels and doings reporting first things first. The last trip we took was to Lignano Sabbiadoro for my birthday. I have some charming photos on instant film that I’d like to share with you and that’s mainly what this post’s visual contribution will be.

For those of you not familiar with Northern-Italian summertime favourites, Lignano Sabbiadoro (sabbia d’oro meaning “golden sand” in Italian) is one of those sweets spots where Italians and non-Italians like to get into their bikinis and speedos, get their tan on and check all the boxes of a proper summer holiday or a weekend.  That includes bike rides along the coastline, enjoying gelato, pizza and seafood and a generous amount of prosecco, spritz, beer or whatever floats that boat! The weather was still too chilly for any real bikini or swim time but we did get a little bit of tan on, enjoying drinks and snacks at outdoor cafes. A big plus was having a room with a balcony overlooking the sea so the old folk could have their glass or two of Merlot in the evening while the little Princess had her beauty nap.

We stumbled across an amazing seafood place called Ristorante Agosti that had a very wide and impressive selection of wine and seafood of all kind. We liked it so much that we actually went there twice – for my birthday dinner and for lunch the next day before heading back home. Robin had her first taste of squid and cleansed her palette munching olives at cafes. Quite a refined taste for a one year old…

Another great find was Ristorantino Baby, we had pizza and pasta with wine and everything was just delicious! The service was exceptional and I loved just sitting outside in the sun in April, enjoying good food and wine and having to rush nowhere.

One of the perks of going in the spring or fall is that you can actually find places to eat and sit down and everything’s not fully booked. If you do go during the high season, be smart and look up restaurants and their phone numbers you’d like to try out and make reservations. We’re not big on calling ahead, I do like to just take a walk and hope we “get lucky” but when you’re starving and you don’t want to end up grabbing a pizza from the street corner (which, don’t get me wrong, can be one of the best food you’ve ever had), making a reservation is the smart, grown-up thing to do.

Lignano isn’t that far from us, takes about an hour to get there, considerably more during the summer though because of the toll booth at the highway causing pretty bad traffic jams. Hopefully we get to go more this year than last year, now that Robin’s older it’s a lovely destination to spend a sunny weekend on the beach, building sand castles and playing in the sea. We stayed there for two nights this time. And coming home we had another surprise, a perfect one, really. We knew we’re going to move at the end of October this year but we were waiting on further information about our new destination from Anthony’s work. The main thing we hoped for was a warm, sunny place that’s not too remote or in the middle of nowhere. Visiting Estonia in March, I got my yearly dose of the cold, rain and snow. Well, how about Las Vegas? Sure, we’ll take it! I must say it’s a perfect birthday gift, I’ve been so excited that I can’t even fall asleep at night, thinking about our new destination. And sure, any one of you that know me even just a little bit, know how I love Italia, the food, the coffee, the wine, the landscape, the architecture, the art, the streets and mood and feel of it all but I have to say, I can’t wait to try out Las Vegas now! I was very sad when we found out that we have to leave Italy for now but a few months have passed and now that we know our new destination, I’m so anxious and excited about trying out this new country, new climate, new continent that I can hardly wait to start this new adventure. Till then, though, we’re going to try to see the places we’ve still missed here in Italy and hopefully  pop by some of the  neighboring countries too. Morocco has been in my bucket list for a long time and Anthony’s very fond of Dubrovnik. The Amalfi coast, Sicily, Rome and Vatican and Naples, Sardinia, Greece – all of these sound pretty amazing before heading 9500 km to the west to get my desert/365-days-of-summer game on.

And I’ll take all the fabulousness of Italy with me in my memories. Remember that wine we had in that little cantina in Verona in October, how the air smelled like wind and prosciutto? Or those vivid pictures we took in Burano, the smell of hot sunshine in August and spaghetti al pomodoro? The eclectic craziness and nuanced face of Venice, the grandioseness and magical diversity of Florence, the narrow roads of Aviano with those white-washed walled homes and the smell of basil and onion lingering on the streets, remember? Remember all that? I hope I will. And then I’ll just get Memo’s Italian Leather, a perfume that has all that goodness in it with that little bit of extra spark to mark the non-recurring Italian spirit and I’m good to go wander in Mojave desert.






Home and Travel

You look different

It’s spring here, you can spot a splash of yellow here, a patch of blue or pink there and fields of green everywhere. Flowers, bushes with blooms, bees, dragonflies and the air, the sunny warm whiff of air that smells oh so exquisite that after winter, you know, nothing can quite top that smell. And then you may walk on the quiet small streets, with your head down, wrapped in your own deep thought when all of a sudden, there’s this smell – green with a hint of light yellow, daffodils, grass, soil. It’s as if you can sniff the juice flowing through plant stems, life pulsate in those leaves. Then it’s golden, brown and warm. Honey mixed with tree bark, warm asphalt and the romantic ambiance of the tiny stradas and voluptuous gardens with their rusty gates and white pebbles, miniature purple violets and lizards sunbathing on the warm edges of the fences, half-covered in evergreen ivy.

  And I look at all of this with a somewhat different attitude, a more profound awareness and sense of appreciation. Maybe it’s because it’s, well Italy. And we all know or at least have heard that it’s corgeous. But beauty is everywhere, it’s in the eyes of the observer. I love what Grace Coddington has said about traveling or just going to places, moving around- “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.”

The flora, the fauna, the architecture, the climate, the people, the smells – they are all new, all exiting and exotic. But when I see and smell the daffodils in the gardens and the blooming red tulips, I still remember my childhood home.


Things look different but it’s not a place-specific case. It’s just the fact that moving here has opened my eyes even more so to notice and appreciate things that I might have taken for granted before. Things look different everywhere, every day in every situation. It’s a “stop and smell the roses” moment but it’s more like a sequence of moments, I literally feel like sleeping or sitting idle makes me miss out on all the things I can experience, may it be visual, olfactive or gastronomic. It’s so rich, the world of emotions this cognitive roller coaster triggers! Or maybe it’s just spring, it is magnificent, really. May bees and birds and butterflies be with you!



/all photos by me, snapped and shot with an iPhone. 

Fashion and Inspiration

Spring at Marimekko

Last week we took a one-day field trip over the bay to Helsinki to enjoy some hard-core (window) shopping and collect a little visual inspo from the retail world. One of the coolest shops we stepped into was Marimekko’s flagship store at Pohjoisesplanadi 33. The airy, bright and spacious two-story store was a delight to spend some quality shopping time in. And you could really feel how spring was already at it’s full bloom under this roof with all those vibrant colours and lively patterns that the brand is known and loved for. When in Helsinki, be sure to drop by – their goods range from garments and accessories to fabrics, kitchen- and homeware so there’s definitely some Marimekko for every taste. You can find more info at Marimekko online. Happy colourful spring, everyone!