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The Holy Grail?

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Every time I travel I expect to find the “Holy Grail” of fabric, vintage finds or craft treasures. You know what I mean? That serendipitous item that always eludes but the thought of it also encourages the search. Well Italy was no different. I was certain that I would find cheap silk in Como market! Hello? Who on earth ever sells SILK on a market? Ah well I can dream! I thought that I would find that gorgeous bijoux craft emporium selling beautiful yarn! How wrong can you be?

What I did find was inspiration in the architecture, churches and tapestries. The craft work in the actual buildings is amazing and wonderful. The history is the very being of the country.

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This picture was made famous by the book “The DaVinci Code” as it portrays not twelve disciples but eleven. The twelfth person at The Last Supper is Mary Magdelaine leaning over Christ’s shoulder.

Solid silver alter, Bergamo image image imageThe ceiling of the Duomo (Cathederal) in Bergano is so beautiful. How did the artist manage to actually paint it!  This alter is made of solid silver! ( I wouldn’t like to clean it) Have you ever seen such ornately carved pillars as these-and they were outside! This HUGE tapestry was worked in the end of the 16th century by Flemish artists. The tapestries were commissioned to cover and protect painted murals underneath.

I must apologise for the quality of the image of the Last Supper. It had to be just point and shoot.

Perhaps I did find the elusive Holy Grail! Perhaps treasure is what you see when you look carefully!

Italian Lakes

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Hi nice people! I’m still having a hard time at the Italian Lakes! Weather is mixed but not bad at all. I am staying on the shores of Lake Como opposite  beautiful Bellagio actually that’s not fair as its ALL beautiful! We took a ferry across the lake to visit Bellagio, a village clinging to the mountainside. There was an abundance of steep “alleyways” lined with shops and paved in cobbles. Sadly we arrived during the extended lunch ” hour” that appears to last up to three hours, and many of the shops were closed. I suppose that this saved me from myself and helped me to save money!

image image imageI adore the local architecture which can only be described as shabby chic, probably the original. Locals don’t seem heavily into home maintenance as all the houses are flaking ombré shades of yellow and terracotta-beautiful. There are many stunning villas along the lakeside. Many have not been opened up yet and remain shuttered. Apparently these huge villas are owned by uber rich Italians and even Russians. They are opened for the families for about two weeks a year if that. What a shame! The villas are left to be run by housekeepers and caretakers. I must see if George Clooney needs a housekeeper!