Piemonte has been really suffering from rain and snow. No one in these parts has seen a winter like this in 30-50-80 years, depending with whom you talk. It makes being on the hill a real challenge. It's dreamlike beautiful here when it's not pouring or icing or snow. But the fact that we have not had a break in the bad weather since mid-October is starting to get to me.
Yesterday we took a break from the dismal weather - to satisfy an urban fix which has been creeping up on me -- and to buy me a new computer. Micha is home now, and sharing our 6 year old Vaio just isn't going to cut it.
And I have been chomping at the bit for a new Mac for a very long time.
There is a Mac authorized reseller in the University area of Torino. Since that has become our favorite neighborhood of the city, we decided to make an afternoon of it.
I think I can say that if we ever decide that life on the farm is too much for us, we could live, easily and happily, in the beautiful city of Torino. Full of creative energy (it was the 2007 design capital of Europe...), great shops, fabulous museums, wonderful architecture, with the most developed cafe scene in Italy, one gets the feeling that is livable, stylish, and (oh this is huge) built with some planning in mind, on a grid, which is just so very un-Italian.
Here are just a couple of little photo ops which caught my eye. First, a utensil shop. Door knobs and hardware from all over the world. Be still my heart.
...and (for now) just one little off-the-beaten-path design shop which caught my eye...
I have lots of other photos, but I have to get myself much more acquainted with this new magic machine under my fingertips. Suffice it to say that there will be many more jaunts up to Torino in the next couple of months as we put together new design ideas and try out new cafes for our guests.
AHHHH! The sun just came out... time to get out there and breathe a little....