Monday, August 16, 2010

Tall, dark and ruggedly handsome …

I am passionate about dining alfresco, particularly at night! Blame it on all of those romantic movies and novels, but the allure of a starlit sky, gently rustling leaves and an earthy glass of wine leaves me almost breathless.

Villa Saladino in Montecito, California looks like the perfect setting for dining day or night. The historic home and grounds were restored to perfection by architect and designer John Saladino.

Wouldn't you just love to pull up a chair at either of the tablesettings below? I can feel the warmth of a hearty meal, hear the great conversation and taste the seductive wine.  Lisa Lovatt Smith really captured the essence of Provence, France with these photos from her book, ‘Provence Interiors.’

 

It seems the French and Italians understand the pleasure of alfresco dining better than anyone.

La Chassagnette Camargue Restaurant, Provence, France
Castello di Casole, Tuscany, Italy

Pass the pasta!

1 comment:

Charulie said...

I just discovered your blog with the dining al fresco post...love it!

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