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Villa Lucia Bathroom Stories Continue – Farm Jacuzzis

Jorge may love his  bidet but I love, when time allows, to enjoy an occasional tub soak which he doesn’t understand. “You need a  Jacuzzi tub.” An Italian massage therapist visiting us said when hearing about my back pain. “I’ll set up a portable unit that I have that works wonders in a regular tub.”… Read more »

Villa Lucia Bathroom Stories Continue – Using Depends

In spite of all the progress still there are times when bathrooms are difficult to find. When a group of girlfriends as houseguests complained one evening, I surprised them at breakfast by replacing the usual cloth napkin with their own “depends” to be used. This initiated a chorus of laughter but they all reassured me… Read more »

Bathroom Adventures Continue – Flushing Problems

In the year 2000, our bathrooms became modernized. Tissues are of better quality – if someone doesn’t steal it – and the bathroom lights are usually not on a timer anymore. Most modern facilities now have automatic flushers (even though at times they might scare you off the seat like a high power Hoover vacuum… Read more »

More Bathroom stories: Using a Bidet

When traveling to Italy to work on our abandoned farmhouse in the 80’s, my neighbor Nina, upon my arrival and our customary cup of coffee together, would always ask: “So you’re here again, to add another bathroom. What do you Americans do in there?” My objective in the first 12  journeys across the sea was… Read more »

Seventy Years of Bathroom Experiences in Italy

After a year of blogging fun memories in Villa Lucia’s kitchen in Tuscany, I decided that in 2015 I will share bi-monthly some of my personal experiences in the bathrooms of Italy. This will be followed by bringing our readers into the bedrooms of Villa Lucia to share experiences of our guests without using names…. Read more »

Successful Truffle Hunt

Before starting our new season after a 5 month absence from Tuscany due to a family situation in California, I wish to note a wonderful group of fun attendees that ended our 2014 cooking week season. For many the highlight was the day of our most successful truffle hunt, 500 grams of white truffle. Leaving… Read more »

Thongs for Comfort

As I walked away from the dinner table one evening, my daughter joined me in the kitchen and pointed out that my beautiful designer suit with white pants showed my panty line. “Mom, with those pants you have to use thongs,” she said. I explained that I had tried them before, to no avail, and… Read more »

The Villa

The Villa has 6 beautiful bedrooms, 3 queen + 2 king, with private bathrooms and 1 dual twin bedroom with bathroom to share in hallway. The Villa rental has full access of all amenities exept owners and staffs quarters. The Villa has a charming Tuscan kitchen with a vintage table to seat 8, complete with a… Read more »

Corsis di Cucina

Madonna dell’Oliva is extra-virgin artisanal olive oil from the five-hundred-year-old Villa Lucia, a private, organic property in Montevettolini, Italy. Nestled in the rolling hills just north of Florence, in an area known as the nursery of Europe, popular for its artisans and hand crafted traditional foods, Villa Lucia’s olive trees are natured in the lavish… Read more »

L’amore mis Amicis

Another one of my favorite food artisans is the Slitti family, makers of chocolates as done years ago. I had no idea that the the basement of a coffee shop in our neighborhood was also the setting of a chocolate making kitchen, until hearing the announcement that they were the winners of the Medaglia d’oro… Read more »