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Letters to Juliet

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Country Set in: Italy

Summary: When aspiring magazine writer Sophia Marcus and would-be resaturanteur Victor fly from New York to Italy for a vacation, the stage seems set for some much-needed romance in their relationship – especially since their destination is the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo & Juliet fame. But Victor is far more interested in finding suppliers for his future restaurant than in wooing Sophia, who ends up getting a vicarious romantic fix from an unlikely source; she jions a group of volunteers who respond to letters that pour into Verona from around the world – letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. One such letter that Sophia responds to dates back to 1951 and came from one Claire Smith, an Englishwoman who fell in love with a young Italian man in her youth but let the opportunity slip away. To Sophia’s surprise, her letter inspires Claire, now a grandmother, to travel to Verona in search of her long-lost love – accompanied by her grandson Charlie. With Victor wrapped up in his culinary quest, Sophia, Charlie and Claire scour the beautiful Italian countryside in search of Claire’s long-lost love. In the process, romance blossoms in unexpected ways, eventually facing Sophia with the very advice she wrote in her letter to Claire. Will she find the courage to seize love or – like Claire – spend a lifetime regretting the road not taken?

Lately there are a few countries I am obsessing over. China, France, England and Italy. I am hoping to spend two weeks in Naples next year (fingers crossed my eye surgery goes according to plan) so I am finding myself trying to get my hands on any movie or book that I can to get myself in the mood to visit.  Lucky for me there is a lot of books and movies set in Italy.  So clearly I am not the only one that lusts over this beautiful destination.

I decided to go ahead and re-watch Letters to Juliet and believe me I was not disappointed. I am not the warm fuzzy romantic type but I would be a liar if I didn’t say this story didn’t give me the warm fuzzies.  If I ever make it to Verona, I am going to have to do the whole Romeo and Juliet thing, who cares if those two were morons it is a tragic love story, and a firm reminder that hey even if you love life sucks, it could be worse ;:

Anyway I digress, there is just something to be said about finding your long lost love after 50 years.  It is a story that makes headlines often and there is a reason for it.  It shows that love conquers all even time.

Or hell, maybe it was the beautiful Tuscan back ground.  Yeah, lets go with that.

The overall ratings on this movie were poor but I enjoyed it, and I think anyone that wants to see the beautiful Italian backdrop without getting on plane will enjoy this romantic comedy.

Plus the guy that plays Charlie is a cuties, and Amanda is so freaking cute.  I really hope I get the chance to meet her someday.

What Italian movie should I watch next?

The Road Less Graveled by Wendy Laird

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Country Book is Set in: Italy

I am in a very “Italy” mood lately, Italian food, Italy photographs, Italy books and movies.  I believe it is because my brain knows deep down I am not going to be able to travel much this year due to health issues and my desire to save money so it is trying to find other ways to explore the world from home.

When I googled “books set in Italy” the lists were endless, there are so many books & movies out there I know they will keep me occupied for awhile.  I came across this book and the reviews on goodreads were favorable so I figured I would give this book a go.

Immediately I knew the author and I spoke the same language, she has the same thoughts about America as a whole and I was enchanted by her story.   This book is a very quick and short read and very much worth the time I spent reading the book.

The authors commentary on the differences between Americans and Italians was classic and often caused me to laugh out loud.  I especially enjoyed the whole “Grab the underwear the dogs are coming” portion of the book… confused go read this book.

I am also going to steal the quote “Tender age of laundry not my problem”

This book made me laugh often and hard and made my lust of all things Italian grow that much more.

Every chapter ended on a “useful Italian phrase” and was the perfect commentary on Italians as a whole.

My rating five stars