The “antique camellias” in Lucca, Italy

For years I’ve wanted to experience the festival of the Antiche Camelie della Lucchesia, but fate had other ideas.  However, this year, I prevailed.  And it was soooooo worth the wait!!

 

 

On a beautiful Sunday at the end of March, my good friend and I went on a mission to find the blooming camellia festival or die trying.  Fortunately, she found it without any problem.  She is a very smart cookie, that one.

 

Here are some of the fruits of our labor:

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And of course I brought home a beautiful white specimen with a gorgeous name to grow on my Tuscan terrace:

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Gio Ponti and me, once upon a time…

Once upon a time, many moons ago, I worked in a Gio Ponti building.  I loved being in that great building (Denver Art Museum).

So when I came across this cool pic of Ponti in Milano, I thought, it’s about time I said something about him.

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Celebrating the Milano Design Week with a picture of Gio Ponti at the top of the Grattacielo Pirelli (Milan-1959).
(c)Archivio Gio Ponti