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My Life in Photos, August

As August comes to a close, I am spending some time reflecting on our absolutely amazing summer here in Italy. As most of you know, it was our first summer conducting workshops from our new home, La Fortezza, and it’s been a huge success.

I’ve spent August thinking about the workshops – what worked and what didn’t – and planning for the next round of workshops to come. We have our olive workshop in November along with an awesome summer line-up coming your way in the next few months.

My life in photos for August have been full of antique shopping, delicious meals straight from our garden, and a few fun days of exploring. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram. There’s always something to see and things to do here, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing like a cocktail on the terrace.

Happiness is my kitchen in Italy. It greets me every morning and makes my day!

Happiness is my kitchen in Italy. It greets me every morning and makes my day!

What's for dinner?

What’s for dinner?

I call this "dinner for two."

I call this “dinner for two.”

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Sarzana is the best kept secret in Italy.

Sarzana is the best kept secret in Italy.


Rainbow in the street.

Rainbow in the street.

xx Annette

Photos by me and Pictory Video.



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Sarzana, Italy | Antiques Fair

IMG_5412 Every year in August the city of Sarzana opens it’s streets to one the most lovely Antiques Markets.

The City of Sarzana is at the entrance to the valley of the Magra (ancient Macra), the boundary between Eturia and Liguria in Roman times, gave it military importance in the Middle Ages. The first mention of the city is found in 983 in a diploma of Otto ;1 in 1202 the episcopal sea was transferred from the ancient Luni, 5 kilometres (3┬ámi) southeast, to Sarzana. It’s a city that is chocked full of handmade shops, and some pop up shops as well. I love shopping here for unique handmade clothes and shoes. There are many antiques shops, home furnishing and accessory boutiques, and great restaurants and bars.

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We wandered the fair and picked up a few bits and bobs, my new found friend (a German Art Director from Berlin, Heike) who my friend Forrest introduced me to found an amazing espresso machine from the 60’s that had never been used. She was mainly excited because she owns one in Berlin, and this would be a great addition to their newly purchased home in the Lunigiana.

Forrest brought us to Amaro! a pop up shop of a ceramics team that he’s fond of. Great little shop, and I am still kicking myself for not buying a bunch of bowls. Arrgh.

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Great night in Sarzana, if you’re ever near Cinque Terra or Pisa you should definitely put this little Medieval town on your list. Ciao xx


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