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Monday, May 9, 2011

something lovely…sea glass

What is it about sea glass? Can you pass it by on the beach? Even though I know it is sim­ply bro­ken bot­tles smoothed by sand and wave, still it is irre­sistible. I brought home only a small hand­ful from Posi­tano, but look­ing at it trans­ports me instantly to the rocky beach and its cold waves chas­ing us back from water's edge.

sea glass from Positano

sea glass from Positano

You can always turn your sea glass into jew­elry — an Etsy search turned up an amaz­ing num­ber of cre­ative alter­na­tives. Or you might bring into your home the feel­ing and color evoked by sea glass with this lovely new lamp from Currey:

lamp from Currey

lamp from Currey

While the lamp's glass mosaic is not strictly made of sea glass, the spirit of the piece surely is. What about you? How do you bring home mem­o­ries of your trav­els and incor­po­rate them into your home?

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

la dolce vita — palazzo murat

There are many joys to be found in trav­el­ing, espe­cially to a place as filled with his­tory and beauty as Italy. One of those must surely be the shoulder-season room upgrade! LOL — but seri­ously, what's more fun than find­ing out the gor­geous room you booked has mor­phed into a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom suite com­plete with an enor­mous liv­ing room and a kitchen?

I chose the Palazzo Murat in Posi­tano after much angst and research. Tri­pad­vi­sor (my go-to source for hotel ideas) rated it #1 on the Amalfi Coast. Could it really be bet­ter than my first choice, Le Sirenuse, a styl­ish gem? The Conde Nast Gold List is sel­dom wrong, but as it turned out — no chil­dren allowed at Le Sirenuse. My only real reser­va­tion about Palazzo Murat was the rooms are not directly fac­ing the sea. But so many great fac­tors made up for that — the cen­tral loca­tion, the quiet ambiance, the amaz­ing gar­dens and easy access to the main beach.

Where I thought we'd be:

palazzo murat

palazzo murat

Where we wal­lowed in space and charm­ing (if not high style) décor:

palazzo murat room 43 living area

palazzo murat room 43 liv­ing area

palazzo murat - room 43 smaller bedroom

palazzo murat — room 43 smaller bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 kitchen

palazzo murat room 43 kitchen

palazzo murat room 43 small bathroom

palazzo murat room 43 small bathroom

With 14 foot plas­ter ceil­ings and elab­o­rate old mold­ings, this room is truly a gem — bet­ter than my pic­tures can show!

palazzo murat room 43 large bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bathroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bathroom

This bath­tub is 5 feet in diam­e­ter and nearly 3 feet deep!

palazzo murat room 43 large bathroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bathroom

palazzo murat room 43 view from the sofa

palazzo murat room 43 view from the sofa

And the out­door views — not too shabby…

palazzo murat room 43 view from the terrace, looking left

palazzo murat room 43 view from the ter­race, look­ing left

palazzo murat room 43 view from the terrace, looking right, with breakfast area below

palazzo murat room 43 view from the ter­race, look­ing right, with break­fast area below

The palazzo is jus­ti­fi­ably famous for its gar­dens. Al Palazzo Ris­torante sits within the gar­dens — best ser­vice and ambiance we expe­ri­ences in Italy, bar none. The food was lovely as well!

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

I covet these planters! There were dozens, all different.

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

And finally, a look at the inte­rior pub­lic spaces.  The lobby extends all along the gar­dens, with mul­ti­ple rooms to dine, relax, play chess or sim­ply be.

palazzo murat public spaces

palazzo murat pub­lic spaces

palazzo murat public spaces

palazzo murat pub­lic spaces

The Palazzo Murat is located three min­utes walk below the main road, which elim­i­nates road noise issues. It is two min­utes walk above the main beach via delight­ful stairs and alley­ways full of shops. This elim­i­nates noise from the beach and its adja­cent restau­rants.  Even the church ceases ring­ing its bells from 7pm to late morn­ing. Quiet com­fort is the byword at the Palazzo.

Go to Posi­tano (off sea­son) and stay at the Palazzo Murat. It is a gem!

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