If you follow me on Facebook, then you know I was just visiting Lake Como in Italy. One of my dearest gal pals celebrated her birthday and flew me over to attend. The minute I got out of her car I was in sensory overload. It was one of those PERFECT days. Bluer than blue skies, perfect temperatures and the air was clear and the sun was strong but not hot. I grabbed my camera and just started shooting…trying to record every thing I saw to tuck away for a rainy day. I used to live the expat lifestyle in Vienna, Austria and when I moved to New York, my friend moved to Lake Como. She lives the lifestyle that you read about in books. Her villa is situated right on Lake Como (she rents the middle floor, 4 bedrooms/4 bath). She has a new circle of expat friends (Americans and others married to Italian men) and she enjoys book clubs whilst sipping Campari, rowing along the lake to partake in espresso in a small town bordering the lake, and many evenings of vino and Aperol at outdoor cafes. I was there for five days and I managed to relax, re-energize and rid my body of the after affects of the harsh winter…it was the perfect antidote. I just breathed in the fresh air, absorbed the vitamin D of the sun’s rays, gorged on Buffalo mozzarella, and threw back at least four espressos a day. You’ve gotta love the Italian espresso bars…just running in off the street to throw back some java and chat with the smiling barista. Oh… and did I mention ordering wine at LUNCH…
There is something magical about being an expat. The lifestyle is like one in a Fitzgerald book. It made me realize that normal everyday life can be harsh. In New York, everyone and their brother, dog, and cat works long hours. In their spare time they are running around doing errands. No one stops to take in life and all it’s joys. No one thinks to throw a party (oh how I miss the parties!). I will always have a love affair with Europe and hopefully one day I will get the chance to live the expat lifestyle again. Oh…and in case you’re wondering…no George Clooney sightings…but we did see his villa from a water taxi.
This was my first day…complete PERFECTION!
I love the painted buildings!
Apparently you only have to be 14 to drive one of these.
The Wisteria was blooming and smelled LOVELY!
Villa Balbianello (they filmed a Star Wars movie here and now you can have a Star Wars themed wedding).
Isn’t that THE coolest tree ever?