Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome, Italy

“Because your question searches for deep meaning, I shall explain in simple words” ~ Dante Alighieri :: All you need is… 😉

T-Shirt philosophy... Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome :: #iPhoneography ©ockstyle
T-Shirt philosophy… Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome ::
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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ~ Douglas Adams

The wolf and the lamb... Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome :: #iPhoneography ©ockstyle
The wolf and the lamb… Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome ::
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“Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

Orange Dress... Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome :: #iPhoneography ©ockstyle
Orange Dress… Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome ::
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“These boots are made for walking/ And that’s just what they’ll do/ One of these days these boots/ Are gonna walk all over you” ~ Nancy Sinatra

Red Boot... Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome :: #iPhoneography ©ockstyle
Red Boot… Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome ::
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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” ~ Jim Henson

Casanova mask... Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome :: #iPhoneography ©ockstyle
Casanova mask… Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome ::
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“To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.” ~ Victor Hugo

Reflections... Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome :: #iPhoneography ©ockstyle
Reflection… Out of Focus :: Window Shopping in Rome ::
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Pizza Times :: From Naples, Pizza’s Spiritual Home, to Japanese Okonomiyaki

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San Gennaro, aka St. Januarius, is the patron saint of Naples, a coastal Italian city of 950,000 located 140 miles south of Rome… Where To Eat Pizza In Naples, Italy, Pizza’s Spiritual Home via Food Republic

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Let’s start with Okonomiyaki, Japan’s take on pizza, is hardly recognizable when compared to the Italian original… This Is What Pizza Looks Like Around the World via Condé Nast Traveler

Food & Travel

The most sensible approach to the Alpine geological wonderland known as the Dolomites is also the most evocative one… In Italy, Hiking and Haute Cuisine in the Dolomites via The New York Times

Turin could be the blueprint for the post-industrial city of the future. Once Italy’s manufacturing powerhouse… The alternative city guide to Turin, Italy | Travel via The Guardian

Delightfully yours,
OrsolaCK @Appetibilis

Enviromental Theatre and the Festival of the Gnomes

A festival designed for children, a party to celebrate nature and the forest and all its inhabitants – fairies, elves, fauns, jesters, trolls, giants… Read more: International Festival of the Gnomes… via festadeglignomi.it

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Once upon a time there was the Festival of the Gnomes… | photo: © Matelda Codagnone

“It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.” ~J.M. Barrie

La festa degli gnomi è molto particolare, piena di colori e giochi, un bel modo di far trascorrere a ragazzi di tutte le età del tempo nel verde e nel rispetto dell’ambiente. Il festival si svolge tra Pescocostanzo, Roccaraso e Rivisondoli in località meravigliose come il Bosco di Sant’Antonio uno dei luoghi più belli dove poter incontrare fate, elfi, fauni, giullari, troll, giganti…

Off the Beaten Tracks… (but on the right way to happiness) :: Maufiki B&B

We all complain about the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We are all looking for some quiet places where we can spend some days off. We always say that we need to get rid of mobile phones, computers and all those gimmicks that, like an invisible umbilical cord, keep us “connected”. But when we eventually find a place like this, a few minutes after we put down our suitcases, we start wondering if there is wi-fi connection, if our mobile provider is available, if there are enough plugs to recharge our energy-sucking devices.

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Places: Maiella National Park, Abruzzo, Italy

If you want to spend some days in the Maiella National Park, you won’t be much concerned about wi-fi connections or mobile coverage. Simply because you’ll be too busy at enjoying the landscape, hiking up and down the tracks on the Tavola dei Briganti, tasting typical recipes like pizza fritta, sagne e ceci and the delicious Sise delle Monache pastry.

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View of the town of Rapino, (Chieti)

Rapino (Chieti) is a small village in the Majella Park, a stone’s throw away from the Maielletta peak (ski area in wintertime, hiking paths galore in summer), from medieval villages like Giardiagrele, or “big” towns like Chieti.

In Rapino a good Appetibilis friend, Mauro Caramanico, renovated a former “frantoio” (oil mill, in local language “trappète”) and transformed it into a cosy b&b.

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Mauro Caramanico

I asked Mauro why he chose this building and the style he intended to give.

“When I first inspected the building, it was badly ruined but I immediately got good vibes from it. I recovered every single stone, every brick and I tried to “respect” it by using the original material to give it a new life.”

This does not mean that you’ll be living as in the XIII century. Modern luxuries (heating, air conditioning, fridge, shower) are available, no need to worry about that.

In his free time, Mauro likes traveling, but not so often as he would like to, so he thought that a nice way to have the world within a reach of hand is to rent his cosy flat to people from all over the world. Thanks to word of mouth and the magic of the net, Mauro can meet people from the US, France, Belgium, Germany.  He says “In this way I can meet new people, and they can get to know a corner of Italy off the beaten tracks”. Without Google Earth.

Contact: Mauro Caramanico
Mobile: +39 335 7609933
Telephone: +39 0871 440779
email: maufiki@alice.it