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Casa Romantica’s Fashionista Charity Tribute:: The Mary Colby High Tea “Fashion Show” returns May 14th

Casa Romantica’s Fashionista Charity Tribute:: The Mary Colby High Tea “Fashion Show” returns May 14th

She Traveled the World as the first American Woman Retail Buyer and on May 14th we celebrate her work. Join us as we celebrate The OC’s most coveted global buyer with an enchanting High Tea Fashion Affair – this seaside tribute hosted by Casa Romantica.

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and premiere southern California cultural center, invites the community to its annual Mary Colby Tea in remembrance of historic businesswoman Mary Elizabeth Colby and to support the Casa’s educational and cultural programming.

Casa Romantica hosts Mary Colby Tea each year in honor of long-time San Clemente resident and business owner Mary Colby (1914- 2008). This traditional High Tea preserves an annual gathering started by Colby during her time as owner of Mary Colby Antiques in San Clemente. In 1944, Colby became a buyer for J. W. Robinson & Co. As head of three departments, Mary made yearly trips to Europe to buy lamps, gifts, and mirrors and acquired acumen in retailing. She was the first American woman buyer in Europe after World War II. After many trips abroad and a successful career as a buyer later founded the popular “Ports of Call” stores in Pasadena and Beverly Hills. … Continue Reading

Suddenly Single | Some of the Best Trips are the ones you take Alone -Enjoy Southern Italy at the Palazzo Margherita

June 11, 2015 ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE Comments Off on Suddenly Single | Some of the Best Trips are the ones you take Alone -Enjoy Southern Italy at the Palazzo Margherita
Suddenly Single | Some of the Best Trips are the ones you take Alone -Enjoy Southern Italy at the Palazzo Margherita
Imagine three perfect days at Palazzo Margherita
An 18th century treasure exquisitely restored by renowned interior designer Jacques Grange, Palazzo Margherita offers a stunning backdrop for a magical getaway to Basilicata, Southern Italy’s undiscovered and unspoiled destination. Set in the charming village of Bernalda, the town where Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather was raised, the palazzo delights guests with palatial rooms and suites, delicious authentic cuisine, numerous amenities and hospitality so heartwarming that some visitors choose never to venture beyond the palazzo walls.

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ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in Lake Como, Italy

March 16, 2012 ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE Comments Off on ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in Lake Como, Italy
ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in Lake Como, Italy

Travel Italy to charming Lake Como – a place for families, couples, and celebrities alike. Tour intimate villages and stay in luxury hotels on Lake Como vacations. Indulge in luxury Lake Como hotels in Bellagio, Cernobbio and Como; and discover lively cafes framed by cobble stone walkways.

Most Popular Things to Do in Lake Como:

  • Explore extravagant villas and view their furnishings and immaculate grounds
  • View the renowned Porta Vittoria, the late 12th century city gate
  • Learn the history of Italian silk at Museo Didattico della Seta
  • See the 11th century basilica of Sant’Abbondio
  • Ride on the funicular to the hilltop city of Burnate for an aerial view of the area … Continue Reading

ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in the Amalfi Coast 2012

December 21, 2011 ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE Comments Off on ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in the Amalfi Coast 2012
ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE | Top 5 Most Popular Things to do in the Amalfi Coast 2012

One of the most beautiful Europe travel destinations, the Amalfi area beckons vacationers with dramatic sea cliffs and picturesque villages. Ravello brims with festive art and cultural events. Positano The Amalfi Coast is a chic seaside village with exclusive Italy hotels while Sorrento has a vibrant cultural scene and stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Just off the coast, Capri Island is a playground for jet setters and celebrities.  Discover a stunning coastline and lounge on a private beach or sun deck against a backdrop of dramatic cliff sides and verdant green mountain peaks at Il San Pietro Di Positano.

Top 5 Most Popular Things to Do in the Amalfi Coast

  • Tour Anacapri’s craft shops, Punta Carena lighthouse, and the Piazzetta
  • Explore the small towns and seaside cliffs of The Amalfi Coast
  • Marvel at the Imperial Villa of Damacuta and the Bay of Marina Piccola
  • Stroll through the heart of Sorrento and view medeival structures
  • Stop for lunch at a local trattoria and enjoy the cuisine of Campania … Continue Reading

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ROMANTIC TRAVELERS | Thousands of Passerbys Lock their Memories in Paris on the Bridge Alexandre III by Marguerite Munoz

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