Monthly Archives: December 2011

The magical other-world of the Christmas tree

Call it the escapist magic of the season but for as long as I can remember, the Christmas tree in our house has seemed like some sort of other dimension in which characterful little souls live in amongst dark green branches lit … Continue reading

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December’s colours


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Vignamaggio: Much Ado About Mona Lisa’s garden and a little slice of heaven

Vignamaggio: Fourteenth century Renaissance villa with breathtaking gardens set amidst the vines and olive groves that serve its own award-winning wine and its olive oil production. Also, reputedly, the birthplace of the possessor of that world-famous enigmatic smile, Leonardo da … Continue reading

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