This is Frances Mayes’ latest book about living at Bramasole in Cortona, Italy. It’s been twenty years since she and her husband bought the house and started making it their home.
I always love reading Frances’ books. I usually read at least one per year. And every time, something strikes me differently. Reading this gave me three different ideas/revelations/paradigm shifts. And each one corresponds to one of the major themes of the book.
I always feel jealous when she talks about Bramasole. I want to have a place like that. A place that I can put work into and all my own. Then I finally realized I already have that. While I can’t do anything permanent. I can put in and make the apartment home. I just need to get off my butt and do it.
Growing up we ere always going places. Museums, historical sites, parks. But since going to college, I haven’t done as much. Reading about her travels in Italy makes me long to travel abroad, especially to Italy. Then I realized how much there is to do here in Ohio. The museums, the historical sites, the Native American mounds and artifacts, the parks. There’s so much to do here in the city, let alone the state, that I have been ignoring! So I’ve started a list of places that I would like to go to, again in some cases. It’s going to be so much fun!
I always go a bit Italian when I read her books. But this time the way they gather struck me. How everyone gathers around one table. How courses are brought out, passed around, talked and lingered over, before moving on to the next. And the smaller, more reasonable, portions. It makes me want to have friends over to share a meals. Obviously we can’t have everyone over at once, but a family here and there would work. They could even put the kids down in my room so they can stay longer. Also, the kids would have the same as us, aside from the babies of course.
I love reading her books. They always inspire me to do more and to carpe diem!
Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes
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