"True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be denied
where it does."
These are the wonderful words written by the Sorrento-born poet Torquato Tasso. Sorrento is known as the land of colours; land of the mermaids and the city of the orange and lemon groves.
Apart from the beautiful views, architecture, history, weather, food, culture, none of it would have the same impact for me without the incredible warm nature of the local people. And you would be right to think that being in a tourist area anyone in business is going to be friendly but I went around and engaged on a personal level, on a one to one and was even mistaken for being an Italian on several occasions which delighted me, and all I could see were smiles and all I heard was a great deal of laughter. This is priceless! A simple smile costs absolutely nothing and yet makes such a difference to everyone. There are so many languages in the world and a simple smile speaks them all. It's infectious, it's a healer, it's needed!
World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year, this year it will be Friday, 6th October, so... between now and then we have at least 4 months to practice that smile... . The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. Harvey Ball is known to have created the Smiley Face in 1963. Hey, what a great year to be born, my year! After Harvey died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to honor his name and memory, with the slogan "improving this world, one smile at a time." So go on... Smile... You know you want to!
And finally... something else that has made me smile... Thank you to Jackie Gregory of AngloInfo for interviewing me for their feature: Meet The Expat.
And thank you... I am delighted with the interest being shown in our recently launched Busy Pages. See below to see who has joined. We will keep our promise to make sure people know that you exist!
Interview: Rossella Esposito... The Lemon Goddess of Sorrento
We meet with Rossella Espirito of I giardini Di Cataldo in Sorrento. She is the latest generation that works within the family business who create Limoncello and all things lemons. Never has there been another woman who has such a zest for life and lemons. Meet Rossella
Featured Art: Art at The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
We view some of the most extravagant pieces of artwork in and around The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento and on the island of Capri. Read more
Recipes: Ricotta e Pera di Ristorante Tasso
Ristorante Tasso sits in the very heart of Sorrento. Following The Riviera Woman's recent mission to Sorrento, and an evening dining at Ristorante Tasso, we took away with us not only a beautiful experience but a recipe that we know you will want to experience for yourself. Read more
Wine Time: Made In Sorrento... Digestivo Time Cin Cin
Local produce is just one of the things that makes Italy so very exciting. You may sometimes think you know what to expect but every region has their own twist influenced by local produce and passionate artisans! We feature the famous Italian digestivo in Sorrento... Read more
Fashion: Moda Positano: with style...
Positano is the beautiful town that lies along the Amalfi coast in Southern Italy. It is synonymous with class, taste and la dolce bella. Fashion has always played a huge part in Italian lifestyle and this is so evident in Positano. See more
Wellness: Anette Shine - New Generation Zumba
Zumba is still one of the best and fun ways to keep fit and in shape. All you need is some good music, a great instructor and a lot of energy. Anette Shine pioneered Zumba in Monaco and her classes are still going strong. This July Anette is back teaching Zumba to a group of teens who will be embracing the Zumba philosophy. Read more
Judy Churchill: When the problem isn’t the real problem.
Our inspirational series of themed articles based either on people’s personal experience or questions that tend to reoccur in coaching sessions and are of interest to us all. This month our coach Judy Churchill raises the issue of 'When the problem isn’t the real problem'. Read more
Sarah's Vignettes: The American Girl by Rachael English
Sarah Swan just loves to read books, books and more books. Summer is here and it is time to get busy reading. This month Sarah shares with us her review on the book titled 'The American Girl' by Rachael English... Read more
Julia Moore: And those who were dancing were thought to be insane...
...by those who could not hear the music. Julia Moore breaks her own promise and finds herself in a bit of a spin at a 1940s Swing Dance event... Read more
Beauty: Smooth Summer Legs...
With summer already upon us we look at ways and products to help keep our legs looking and feeling super smooth... Read more
International Emerging Film Talent: A voice to refugees and migrants
The refugee and migrant crises around the world are a humanitarian catastrophe. Filmmakers, musicians, writers, journalists unite to bring awareness and attention in any possible way. Celina Lafuente de Lavotha reports... Read more
Events: Urban Painting Around the World - Monaco
The pop-up UPAW artistic performance - Urban Painting Around the World – is the highlight of summer 2017 in Monaco. It is taking place on 15th and 16th July 2017, on the Quai Albert I - Port of Monaco. See more
We are introducing our Busy Pages for busy people. It is an easy way for any small business or individual to advertise what it is that you do and reach a new audience. Our promise is that we will be extremely busy by making sure that you exist and we will do everything we can so you and your business will be busy, busy, busy!
Busy Pages: Atelier JCB - Upholsterer
This is a family business now run by Jean-Claude Bonura in Monaco. Atelier JCB can create anything you wish, bespoke interior designs in the home using quality leather and fabrics, to marine upholstery, furniture and motorcycle upholstery. Read more
Events: Vivaitalia (Britalia) Club this July 2017
Vivaitalia (Formerly Britalia) - We are the group that loves all things Italian. We organise monthly aperitivos, film nights, pizza nights, gourmet delights, walks, trips and a whole lot more. Join us for our Aperos in Bordighera, Sanremo and Ventimiglia and also the monthly English Film Night in Dolceacqua. More details HERE and on Facebook - Meet Up or Website
Monaco: Professional Women's Network - Cindy Egolf
Join Cindy Egolf in Monaco on Thursday 13th July 2017, for an inspirational business networking lunch starting at 12:00 until 14:00. Guest speaker Mike Colquhoun and the topic is 'Improv: Thinking on Your Feet'. Venue: Address Restaurant in Monte-Carlo. See full details
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