Last summer on a daytrip to Cortona, I visited "Il Girasole", a lovely shop owned by Slow Travel friend, Alessandra Federici. http://www.il-girasole.com/ There were several delightful things that happened that day. The first was getting acquainted with Alex, and her directness, warmth, and wonderdul sense of humor. I walked into the shop and she said, "You are PALMA! I know you from your photo!"
Another highlight was the lovely lunch she arranged at Osteria del Teatro with other Slow Travel folks who were also visiting Cortona. There were 12 of us for this impromptu GTG, and the food was outstanding!
Finally, some wonderful shopping! I chose a set of linens for my dining room table. I bought a runner, and 6 placemats and napkins. Alex shipped them to me when the order arrived. Here they are with a set of Fitz and Floyd china and coordinating floral accent plates. I think they are as pretty as a peach!
Thanks, Alex! We'll see you in Cortona this summer!