Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Virtual Holiday


~Bramasole- To yearn for the sun~

Bramasole is the name of the villa in Frances Mayes' book UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN.
I'm sure you have either seen the movie or read the book-or both.
I love the movie and watch it frequently. It takes me away to a place I love. I like the story too. Not too deep, not tragic and with a happy ending. I think I like the movie so much more than the book because it portrays Frances as a somewhat more hip women than the Frances in the book.
Personally, I'd love to meet this Frances. I'd like to go live with her for a few months. I'd like to eat ice-cream cones in the village piazza, and wish passers-by "Buon Natale" at Christmas.
I would like to cook in her ancient kitchen and have a team of strong men to do all of the chores for me. I would sketch interesting doors and entry-ways all day long and sip cold pinot grigio as the sun sets.




~ Tuscan Window~




~Sunflowers at sunset~

I'm trying to get my painting groove back- and I needed this little virtual holiday-if only for a few minutes. I hope your weekend is filled with all of the things that you love most. If you're having trouble kick-starting, try a virtual holiday of a favorite spot or one that you dream about.


See you back here on Monday.



11 comments:

  1. Enjoy your escape this weekend - I love that movie too Debra, xv.

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  2. Debra, a lovely illustration of Bramasole. When that book first came out one summer, I savored it like a good meal. Then one day at the grocery store, I looked at what I was purchasing, and I laughed: fresh bread, olives, cheese. I was inventing my own Tuscan sun.

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  3. Love your post today...I adore that book! The colors in your images are beautiful...nothing better than Sunflowers to brighten your day! Good luck with your painting! Happy weekend to you!

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  4. Great idea. Enjoy your holiday.

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  5. Hello, I'm loving your great blog -your posts are really interesting so thanks very much for sharing them. Pictures are really good too !

    Happy weekend,

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  6. I too love this movie, the simplicity of the house, the wooden floors, furniture and the colors make for a very cozy feeling. I have often told my husband that I would love to run away with him to Italy when my children are all grown. I also love the water spicket at the end. Great post Debra. Thank you for reminding me of it.

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  7. I hope you get your groove back!! Happy weekend and week ahead. I'm looking for my mojo/groove too!

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  8. Debra, I just watched the movie a second time last week! I saw more with this viewing. We read the book in my book club group a few years ago, and we all loved it as well!

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  9. Funny, just the other day, in my mad dash to the grocery, a young sprite girl skipped past me down the aisle, her eyes were bright and she said "Hello" and it took me a moment to snap back to my business - to me, it was a sign, to live with the joy and innocence in our hearts at home or in any aisle across the world.
    Great post!
    pve

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  10. Loved the book and the movie! I have it and watch it often too! My other favorite "happy place" movie is Chocolat! Something's Gotta Gives not a bad happy place either! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    joan

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