I love going to the beach because i love the feeling of salty water on my skin and the sun warming my body and walking barefoot on the sand but mainly because in Italy the beach is a place of joy where you can see families enjoying laughing eating together.And i like that and at the same i envy that because i use to do that with my family when i was small .Look at some of these photos i took last summer. In Sirolo beach the water is crystal clear and all around the rock formations sat these lovely Italians enjoying and savoring the beach life .In Cupra Maritima i observed elderly men with skin so brown like the leather in my old handbag playing bocci while young children watched and women with skimpy bikinis talking and at the same cheering the men on and making jokes with each other.The vivid colors of this scenario is so bright and the smell is so fragrant with suntan oil,sea breeze and sweat and perfumed skin all mixed together, ahhh its summer! And on one occasion Nadia and Fabrizio our friends invited us to join them for lunch in Grottamare.We sat back and let them order and came plates of shrimps, oysters, grilled fish ,calamari , delicous dishes some with pasta all fresh and incredibly so tasty.Washed down with a cold crisp Verdicchio wine.And what i enjoyed the most was the company and the conversation with my Italian friends and their families always friendly,sometimes funny because of my limited Italian language skills.And when we part with bigs smiles and always abbraccio,hugs and promises to meet and do it again next time.Arrividerci amici! You will find lovely clean blue flag beaches all around the Le Marche coastline and fabulous restaurants.And make sure you learn some Italian so you can talk to the locals . Come for a holiday and experience your own Italian beach life ,si ?
My name is Gina and although it sounds Italian I am not, not quite sure why my parents chose this name for me but I was told it was perhaps because my mother might have liked the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida. I dont really know why I love Italy and all that is Italian. For many years I have been fascinated by the art, culture, fashion, shoes music, architecture, the amazing landscape and all the lovely Italians i have met in my life .My first trip to Italy some 20 years ago is still vivid in my mind and the memories are deep in my heart. I remember back then i tossed a coin in the fountain in Piazza Navona and hoped that i would come back one day and i did again and again! I have travelled to this beautiful country many times and its a love affair that never seem to end. ” When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreaming signore , scusa me thats amore !” lyrics from that catchy tune..Yes folks my dream continues on …
Here i am with this blog and my “ItaliaAmore” A journey if you read on and dare to come with me ? I will share with you some adventures, maybe a story i heard from our neighbour in Santa Vittoria , perhaps a discussion about the pasta we had in a restaurant, the walk we did in the Sibillini mountain that made my legs sore for days or a quick update on what i saw and absolutely adore from the designer shops .Or i might share with you what i learnt from the art museums , or the delicious dishes we have enjoyed when we get invited for dinner meals with our Italian friends..I will also attempt to give some travel tips in Le Marche and impressions from our visits to Porto San Giorgo or to other parts of Italy such as the ever so charming Portofino. And for sure i will share with you my ice cream , bathing ,beach trips, the countless wine tastings and drives to vineyards trips that i have to endure because of my husband. I hope not to bore you but we both love taking pictures so you will see lots of photos here..
And i like making new friends and love meeting The Italians so i will share some conversations as well as awkward funny language mistakes i have made. I dreamt of having a place in Italy ,its been 4 yrs .I still cant believe how lucky I am when i sit there in our living room under the frescoe in this old historical buiilding Palazzo Lamponi. The weird thing is that whenever i am in Italy i get this feeling that i have been there ..like meeting a familiar nice good old friend. I have lived in 3 different continents .You see i was born in the Phillipines and it will always be a special place .I then lived in Toronto Canada many years before i moved to Norway .I have seen some incredible sights all over. I also worked on a cruise ship and travelled around from Puerto Rico,Caribbean, Mexico ,Alaska and also one of my favorite islands Hawaii but nothing beats Italy. Its my home away from home .My heart always beats a little bit faster everytime i set foot in Rome airport or Milan Bergamo and even when i walk down Corso Matteoti in our little village in Le Marche to buy bread or to say hello to our local patriot Giampiero .Hope you get that same fantastic feeling too when you travel to Italy ..have a great day and evening enjoy all your travels. Happy exploring take your time ,take those photos or stop to look at the bouganvilla flowers like i did on this photo from the town of Torre di Palme ! Arrividerci amici !