European Countries and Cities I love
London is the place where I live because I felt an irresistible attraction to the city in my 30s and decided this was the place I wanted to develop my career and live my life. More than 20 years after, I am still in love with the place and feel amazed by the opportunities the metropolis can offer, whether one decides to take them on or not. Surely London is the European capital I feel most comfortable in, even in spite of all the Brexit nonsense and the challenges to its very multicultural make up. London keeps offering a great variety of cultural life and entertainment probably unsurpassed by any other city on the Continent.
A frequent destination for my trips is inevitably Italy where my family originates and where I was born. I’m slowly discovering corners of Apulia that I was taking for granted while they are beautiful spots just down the road from my home town.
Recently, I went to Monopoli, attracted by the linkage with this town with my family. I was astonished to find, even in the architectonic details of the family palace, clear signs of the Venetian origins and of the connection with trade across the Adriatic sea. Exquisite and fresh seafood was then the perfect culmination of a little discovery journey of my wondering through the historical centre of this hidden pearl along the Apulian coast.
The good quality bistro food, the interesting museums, the lively cultural life for music, visual arts, fashion and more make this city a place I always come back to with great pleasure.
A city across two continents and a crossroad for history and cultures, Istanbul has a unique charm and beauty, a gateway to epicurean and heavenly pleasures. At different times in history capital of Western and Oriental Empires, Istanbul has accumulated and digested so many different colourful layers expressing varied ways of living and philosophies of life, all of which are now coexisting side by side in one cohesive environment. Once on the shores of the Bosphorus one can hardly resist the fascination of the colours of textiles, the taste of the food and the views across the sea that make of this city such a timeless attraction for any traveller.