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  • Hand painted ceramics in San Gimignano

                Check out all of the delicate brightly coloured hand painted ceramics that I found up in the Tuscan hills in the medieval town of San Gimignano.  The day I arrived I missed the mass crowds and was able to ponder for a few hours… Read more »

  • Louis Vuitton Luxury..

    Louis Vuitton.. French fashion in Rome.. Copyright Melissa Martin The makeover of a Louis Vuitton store on Via Condotti in RomeSpettacolare.. one of the worlds leading fashion housesFor me this year the little evening bagBellissima!!!!xmm

  • Bella Cinque Terre…

    Above is the picturesque Manarola.. The beautifully rugged and charming famous little five towns on Italy’s Italian Riviera are a must see at least once in your life time.  Known as the Cinque Terre and in Italian translating to ‘The Five Lands’ they start from the North with the very… Read more »

  • Elba a Tuscan island getaway

      Serenity at Patresi beach, a peaceful little beach at the bottom of a cliff face on the Island of Elba. Patresi beach  Elba’s rocky Patresi beach can be hard on even the smallest behinds…!!! Nothing but the open sea Biodola’s calm sandy beach Elba is the largest island off… Read more »

  • Todo o Nada by Mario Testino, Rome 2011 Exhibition

        Sienna Miller by Mario Testino      Kirsten Dunst by Mario Testino Once again I have just visited my beloved Rome with a keen interest in seeing something other than another spectacular Duomo.  As always my good friend Claudia was in the know of what was happening in the… Read more »

  • Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti

    Every year when I return to Rome there is not a single day that I don’t spend time at the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna Of coarse Rome’s main attractions are its prized ancient monuments and one of the most wonderful to visit when in Rome is the Spanish… Read more »

  • Wondering the back streets of Rome..

    Baskets on baskets.. An afternoon stroll in Rome always leads to some pretty sights if you can make the time to take a few unexpected turns down the wonderful narrow cobble stone streets.  This tiny three wheel car/motorino that you often see in the smaller towns in Italy delivering fresh… Read more »

  • Window shopping designer heaven…

    Loewe is like Spanish Royalty.. Chloe Winter 2011.. Dior luxury.. Chantal Thomass delicate Parisian fantasies.. Ermanno Scervino wildly luxurious fabrics.. could curl up in that fluffy chair for a night! Hermes.. Its not always necessary to go inside the designer stores in Milan or Paris, as much as I love to… Read more »

  • Classic Portofino style…

    Here’s a little secret…shhhhhhhhh!Each year when I head to Portofino my first stop is a little store high up above the sea side little restaurants and gelato bar at the wharf and sits right on top of the Louis Vuitton shop.  Actually there are two stores owned by the same… Read more »

  • Romance in the city of lights..

    One an only imagine the romantic reasons behind this wonderfully dressed couple taking a hand in hand stroll through the oldest park in Paris, the Tuileries Gardens at the Lourve, no camera’s following them as if walking out of a costume photo shoot, just a romantic stroll from another era… Read more »

  • Giuliano Grittini Art in Portofino

      There is a temptation to purchase the magnificent Maria Callas pieceaccompanied by Alda Merini’s book of poetry Marilyn.. I need say no more! Tailor made luxury itineraries to your ever travel request… Ask Melissa on email:   xmm @ IAT

  • San Giorgio Art Gallery Portofino..

    Another extraordinary visit to my favorite art gallery in Portofino This years visit to the Art Gallery San Giorgio in Portofino opened my eyes to another amazing and talented Italian artist from Milan Giuliano Grittini, who seems to have a specific fascination with Marilyn Munroe yet I was particularly taken… Read more »