Monday, October 24, 2016

Thank you Mr. Frost

"The best way out is always through." - Robert Frost

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I love Fall

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Making Mesagne greater

My love of Mesagne's centro storico began a long time ago and I enjoy revisiting it each summer. Walking the cobblestone narrow streets, taking in the castle, the churches, the numerous restaurants and pubs, and the simple beauty of street life. Each year there is always something new to discover whether it be a new pub or they renovated an alley, I love that the town takes pride in revitalizing such a central point of the town.

And I love when the people of Mesagne take particular pride in their city and want to do good. That could mean putting a fresh coat of paint on their home, frequenting the town's shops and restaurants, or doing something that tries to draw tourism to this beautiful city - like opening a magnificent B&B in the heart of centro storico.

Suite Vicoletto was a vision of a friend that he saw through to the very last detail. Exposed stonework, arched ceilings, king-size bed, modern accessories set in an old building that they were able to preserve and rejuvenate.

Perfect surroundings for a night (or two) away to indulge. The suite has both sauna and jacuzzi to help you relax and satisfy your craving to be pampered. The modern fixtures against the old stone backdrop provide the perfect yin and yang.

Sweet, little kitchen where you are welcomed upon entering the B&B complete with Prosecco and delicious treats. You had me at Prosecco.

And that sink - I adore that sink, tremendously. Original to the structure and a perfect complement to the adorable space. Simple, refined, tasteful. Everything you could want in a weekend away escape nestled in the most perfect section, of the most perfect little town.

Giovanni, never stopping to be proud of his accomplishments, talent and town. His restaurant, Osteria del Vicoletto is also located in centro storico and is both beautiful to behold and worth every bite of food and sip of wine.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A visit to Atlanta

My girlfriend moved a few years ago and I am so happy to say that I just went to visit her and her family in the fabulous city of Atlanta, Georgia! What a fun city and what fun her and I had over the weekend. So thankful for good friends, good times and my camera to hang onto good memories.

Atlanta is filled with art and one of my favorite kinds - street art. Graffiti, storefront decor, random recycled art under an overpass looking into your soul. You know the kind. Chances are if you've been to a big US city, you have been privileged to fill your mind and soul with some pretty cool stuff.

Just like I did this past weekend.

The Beltline is a very popular attraction in Atlanta. It circles the city and is a means to connect all the different communities that encompass this city. Miles to walk, run, bike, skate, around the city and take in the art, neighborhoods, restaurants, parks, shops and more. We walked a bit of it my first evening there and I loved it.

We happened upon this sweet little turtle family too.

We took in the Chihuly exhibit at the Atlantic Botanical Gardens. An awesome space of nature and modern glass exhibit speckled throughout the bushes, trees and flowers. It was amazing!

I took my very first Flywheel class which was exhausting but completely exhilarating and a great workout. My legs felt like jello stepping down from the bike after 45 minutes of some serious pedaling. We did some serious eating this weekend so it felt great to add a studio class to all the walking we did too. 

And speaking of eating...this place was incredible. Located in Little Five Points, Wrecking Par Brewpub did not only offer very cool decor but I had the best grilled cheese sandwich ever AND tried boiled peanuts for the first time.

It's a southern thing...boiled peanuts. Delicious!

We took the elevator up 72 floors to the Sun Dial Restaurant located in the Westin to catch this view. So glad we did too. We spent a good bit of time out there taking it all in.

An amazing time in a new-to-me city visiting my girlfriend. Shopping, eating, gardens, walking, cycling, time spent with her beautiful family, art festival, more eating and more walking. Perfection.

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