And welcome to our big project, an over 200 years old house in the South of Italy! I started to blog on December 31, 2006 while living in China. The very first post is the story of finding the house.
While writing this blog, I realised the advantages of blogging: You can get lots of inspiration and advice online! It's fun and interesting because among my readers are some very talented interior designers and architects. Most of them have their own blogs! Over time I used this blog for some decision making processes. The Internet was the magic tool to coordinate our "long distance renovation" between China and Italy, and later between Germany and Thailand and Italy, via email, skype and this blog!
We have family and friends living all over the globe, and this blog helps to keep them updated as well as our FB page.
In summer 2011, finally(!), the house was ready to move in. We call Pizzo now our European home base. We spent spring and summer in our beautiful home, and are happy to welcome family and friends.
In Summer 2013, we started to rent our separate Guest Residence to visitors.
Although we call our house "palazzo" it's NOT a palace. Italians do call residential buildings in the city that usually have no garden "a palazzo". If the house would be in the country side with a garden, it would be called "a villa".
Don't they have simple houses in Italy?, you will wonder.
If you translate "house" into Italian, it's the word "casa". However, this term is used by Italians more for "home", like "casa mia" which means "my home". It can of course also stand for "my house" - or even "my apartment". But Italians don't really say "my apartment", it's always "casa mia".
Have I lost you?
We call our house "casa" as well. Just for the blog name it's "palazzo", meaning "building".
Over 40 years ago my husband CC was born in Vibo Valentia, in the region of Calabria. This the most Southern part on the Italian mainland. The peak of the boot! Only Sicily is further South. At that time his parents, originally from Venice and Torino were based in Vibo Marina, just 4 km Southwest of Pizzo. They loved the place and kept their "casa" even when they moved further on.
Many, many years later, when CC and I had met, I wanted to get to know his birthplace, Calabria. And so off we went with my car. From Germany to Venice first. And then from Venice non-stop to Calabria in 11 hours. We had a fantastic summer! We visited Tropea and Scilla, but most of the time we went to Pizzo. A laid back, charming old village on top of a rock, 54 meters above the sea. Here, they say, the delicious tartufo ice cream was invented. And therefor there are bars all over the place selling the most delicious ice cream of Italy. The most beautiful moment of the day is sitting in the piazza in the sunshine at noon and all church bells are ringing at the same time and the sound of Ave Maria is transmitted via speakers ... for me it feels like I have yet arrived in paradise.
Since our son was born we spent here all our summers, staying at my in-laws place in Vibo Marina and going to Pizzo for a "passegiata" or "un giro in piazza". - And one day we passed by a real estate agency... and just for fun we asked for something with sea view.
This was back in 2006. An adventure had started.
ABOUT ME and CONTACT
Italy, China, Thailand and Germany - we called our home. Now, we are again based most part of the year in Thailand. After I travelled the world with my previous corporate job, I enjoy spending spring and summer in our serene European home base - in Pizzo. One day, I hope, I can stay longer. Beside writing, I enjoy painting and photography.
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