Sunday, May 31, 2009

Before and Afters: The Bathroom

The bathroom before was blue and white floor to ceiling tile madness. It felt kind of sterile like a hospital. Now it has these awesome tiles that are textured to look like wood and has gorgeous marble counters. Check it out.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Before and Afters: The Kitchen


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Before and Afters

It's time for before and after photos! We don't have much furniture yet but most of the work is done. So, Let's start with the most important room in the house, the CLOSET!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Traffic Signs of Italy 2

I stared at these forever trying to figure out what the heck they were talking about.

Monday, May 25, 2009

We're All Mad Here

Remember last year's internet tea party? Well it's back and this year it's MAD!! Check out Vanessa's beyond amazing blog for all the details and to sign up for the festivities:
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Let's Rally!

Pier's uncle and cousin are rally race car drivers and today they set off on a tour of Italy. Let's hope they don't run into the Giro d'Italia bike race. It all kicked off by the river today and we went down to wish them good luck.

Friday, May 22, 2009

I Was Walking To The Post Office...

I was walking along the street headed to the post office, minding my own business ,when I came upon a commercial being filmed. I have no idea what it was for. I guess I'll have to wait to see it on TV. Check it out:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Giro d'Italia

Yesterday the 11th stage of the Tour of Italy (Giro d'Italia) cycle race started outside my house! This is how close I was(picture on left) to Lance Armstrong (as well as all the other famous Italian Cyclists). I took some great pictures of all the celebration and start of the race of which brought out some of the craziest of cycle fans.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Weekend Market Finds

This weekend I was able to walk to the market. It was a beautiful day and the market was happening no far from my house and so I put on my best walking sandles and took a stroll. Lucky me the market was ripe with finds! Just check out these pics.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Saturday Night at the Castle

Saturday night Palazzo Madama was open free to the public and so Pier and I took a wonder around inside the palatial residence that we stare at everyday. Inside is series of grand rooms decorated with Baroque furnishings fit for a queen. We climbed on of the towers and took some pictures of the view which included our apartment!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The View From Our Window 3

The Torino Gay Pride parade went by our apartment window on Saturday and boy was it fun! Full of costumes, music, and party people. Check it out!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Il Padrino's Voice

Did you know that there are so many movies and TV shows that come to Italy from the US and other countries that Italians don't do subtitles anymore. An entire industry for voice over actors has grown around the foreign film business. These actors will be assigned to a specific actor and play the voice of that actor in every film they star in. Take this example from The Godfather II.

Just for fun, here is an example of a TV show. Sex and the City promo on Sky. See if you can tell what they are saying.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Crazy Italian Commercials

I've got a new idea for a blog post series. Crazy Italian commercials. Why not share these Italian gems with my friends and family. This is my everyday life AND what what sells a candy bar in Italy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

When Toro Scores a Goal

This is Pier's face when his team (Toro) scores a goal.
He looks angry but really that's a happy face.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Perfect Sunday

This weekend we had a perfect Sunday. Well, perfect day for me that is. It started off with a cafe style breakfast at a friends house where we fill up on crossiants. You see we needed substance for the...drum roll... Marketino Per Un Giorno! (One day market). It's a fact that most city Italians don't have a garage and therefore no garage sales. So when they want to clean out their closet they sell everything at the one day market. It happens only 3 times a year and it's heaven well for a vintage lover like me. I didn't spend more than 5 euros for anything and if it wasen't for being with my old man I probably would have never left.
So having a thousand mini garage sales all at once was my perfect Sunday and I'll have to wait until Christmas time for the next one. I guess that will give me a chance to save up...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Door Series #9

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What is this Spring's It Bag?

For me it's this bag from Longchamps! Perfect black and white and clever with it's trompe l'oeil.
I found it in a window walking to the post office. I also walked by the Hermes store and saw their It Bag for spring. It was displayed with a little more drama. It mechanicaly opened and closed, moved up and down. I could have watched it for, well minutes at least.

It's mean to make all of these beautiful things be on the way to the post office.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Street Fashion Torino

In the spirit of recycling, these newspaper purses are all the rage around Torino. Each on is different depending on what the news was that day.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Weekend Market Finds

It's the first Sunday of the month and that means the market at Moncalieri.