Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Packing For Italy

Tomorrow I am leaving for Italy - Tremezzo, by the Lago di Como, in the North. Maybe it's because I had an Italian great-grandmother, but since my very first trip to Italy I fell intensely in love with the country. I just adore it.
Here are some of the things I am packing...
A vintage 1930's man's hat I bought on Etsy and, also from Etsy, a Japanese eye mask to sleep in the car; the latter was made with an old kimono by Naomi and its soft silk lining rests soft soft soft against my closed eyelids.

A pile of freshly purchased all-cotton Petit Bateau T-shirts. This classic brand is worn by French little kids and stylish young women alike. I've been buying the same models for decades! I have to say though that those tees used to last a lot longer back in the days when they were Made In France.

Supreme historian Juliet Gardiner's 800-page volume on The Thirties - the 300 first pages are fascinating so far, especially for someone like me who is obsessed by the 20's and 30's.

27 comments:

De tiendas said...

Me encanta Italia!!1, creo que es el país donde más veces he viajado. El lago di Como, maravilloso, pero si alguna vez puedes, vé a las Costa Amalfitana, por debajo de Nápoles. Es todo taaaan bonito. Le dediqué un post en mi blog con unas fotos que hicé cuando estuve allí

Gracias por pasarte y pásalo muy bien

sealaura said...

sounds like a fun trip! have fun. I love the twenties and thirties so much fun and the clothes!! I have some hats over on my blog today too!

Giulia said...

Wonderful, M-L. I shall investigate the book. I, too, have a new sleep mask (but from someone else) & it is also wonderful. Always on the lookout for spares. Don't know when you're going but I imagine soon (since you are packing). I remember you commented once that it'd been a rather long time since you'd been. Looking forward to posts from Italia.

ciao-meow to Benjy from Giulia

Giulia said...

Well, I'm a complete idiot. You do say when, where. Sigh. What can I say. There's a reason I have a post on the circus today on bricolage. GG has the traditional 14 july...

oh my lord. 'verification word'

coquett

close enough

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

My mother's ancestry is Italian and I believe I was in love with the country before my first visit. Your Japanese eye mask is wonderful. I just might need one. I too, love a fresh white T-shirt. It seems Petit Bateau are not the only items that don't last as long as they used to. Sometimes I wonder if clothes are being purposefully made more disposable. I hope not. Enjoy Italy!

Debra said...

Oh...I can feel the excitement in your words. I will live through any post we may get. Italy is my Mother's home and I am very proud of this heritage-it's my favorite place to visit! You will tell us a bit about your holiday...won't you?

Anonymous said...

Where are those T-shirts made now? Don't tell me that they are made in China, because that will make me very, very sad.:-(

Have a nice trip. You should also visit Croatia. :-) It's a beautiful country.

Sandy

Laura in Paris said...

Packing comes so naturally for you .. I spend days hesitating what to take with me!

Bri said...

how exciting! i love those white shirts, they look so comfy. enjoy your trip! : )

donna baker said...

Please Mary-Laure, let me live vicariously through your trip. I haven't been to Northern Italy and loved that country. Hope to read and see pics of your travels. Have a ball!

Mary-Laure said...

DE TIENDAS - si, cuando visite Napoles, fui a la Costa Amalfitana y fue un ENCANTO magico. Voy a mirar las fotos que sacaste cuando estabas alla - mandame el vinculo!

SEALAURA - oh I really MUST check out the hats.

GIULIA - I can imagine GG's 14th of July... Dressed in bleu, blanc, rouge I hope, and meowing La Marseillaise.

DENISE - you know, I have wondered too if they are PURPOSEFULLY making bad quality things so that you'll have to buy more. Such WASTE! It kills me.

SANDY - they are made in Morocco or Tunisia, I can't remember which. I would NOT buy them if they were made in China. I make it a point NOT to buy things that are made in China - the conditions people work under are just not acceptable there.
As for Croatia, yes, I heard it's BEAUTIFUL and would love to go some time.
Any suggestions?

DONNA - there certainly will be pictures! Stay tuned.

Sammi said...

I love Petit Bateau too!!

Gabbi said...

What a dream Mary-laure! Have great fun on your trip... I adore your eye mask... wish I was in bed with one on now! :)

Solange said...

interesting read, interesting trip, enjoy it all. I am curious how you will find the book.
Italy is lovely, I am half italian so we go at least once a year, the food, the climate...
I am off to france tomorrow, take care Mary Laure.

Giulia said...

Giulia outraged that Benjy has not gone to Italia with M-L. Uh oh. There's a protest going on, here.

And yes, of course clothing is made not to last, everyone. I have things from many years ago that are still great (incl. LPBateau). Tant pis. :(

Amber said...

Thank you for the book tip. I must find that book. I too am slightly obsessed with the 20s and think that book is for me too. I hope you have a wonderful trip. Give Italy a kiss for me. Ciao

Tour Italy Now said...

I remember this vacation we once had to Spain. Our travel package was not that good that I returned home wishing it could have been better, way better. Understanding your destination is a must before actually taking the vacation.

I'm planning to travel back to Europe this winter and I'm thinking of going to Italy this time. TourItalyNow.com is another good site. They don't offer hotel accommodation services but they offer great travel packages, escorted trips, tips & tricks and what not for the beginner and seasoned tourist/traveller. You should check it out some time.

Kudos.

Sam said...

Have a wonderful, wonderful trip you lucky thing you! That book looks amazing - I must google it and see if it's available in Australia!

Rina said...

mmm Italia que hermosura!! buen viaje! como me tienta ese libro, me suena fascinante...

Mary-Laure said...

SOLANGE - too bad you are going to be in France just when I'm gone... :(

GIULIA - well, Benjy loves Normandy and its green shores!

n a t s u m i said...

Trip to Italy sounds great!! I have never been there before but I would love to visit there some day to see my cousin!

PS. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!
I have never been to the Bronx Botanical Garden... I should check it out! Yes I will be in NYC next month.
Please feel free to email me when you are in NYC!

Have a great trip!

patti said...

Jealous! It sounds divine. And I know what you mean about the shirts. I used to have Levi's (made in USA) that would last 5 years. Now they last <1.

carina said...

Oh, I'm so jealous. I'm an Italian in disguise myself. You find the best things on etsy! I'm jealous of that too:-) Hope you have a wonderful trip.

gracia said...

Hope you are tangled up having a wonderful time of it... how could you not be?

Happy travels, g

Mary-Laure said...

NATSUMI - great, I'll contact you when I get to NYC!!

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