“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” Claude Monet once observed. With his gardens at Giverny as his tableau, it’s hard to argue.
Monet’s gardens may be more exuberant than the formal gardens that we associate with Paris and other regions of France. Yet they all share fundamental characteristics – mainly a sense of harmony, unstudied elegance and a sort of geometric spaciousness suggested by the plantings themselves.
French garden design dates back centuries. Of course, the most famous is the Garden of Versailles, designed by André Le Nôtre. Three centuries later, the influence of Versailles is still powerfully felt. Even in the countryside, where gardeners tend vegetables, fruits and herbs, these kitchen gardens – jardins potagers – are marked by order and geometry. [...]
We’ve missed the pop of a two-seam fastball hitting the catcher’s mitt, the crack of a bat making solid contact, and the simple joy of spending nine innings talking sports with friends over ice cold beers.
The boys of summer are back in town, and it’s high time.
Baseball is best enjoyed outdoors, and our extra-bright LCD outdoor TV – a 65″ set that stands up to the worst weather – will bring you the play-by-play in crystal clear High Definition. [...]
In the mid-20th century, America was falling in love with all things Italy. On stage, we swooned over Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Tony Bennett. In sports, we idolized Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Rocky Marciano. On screen, we adored Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.
And at dinner, we devoured spaghetti, ravioli and minestrone.
Since then, we’ve explored this country’s rich culinary heritage. We’ve discovered the nuances of its regional dishes. What’s more, we’ve learned that despite its notoriety for more than 400 cheeses and 300 sausages, the flavors of its cucina are surprisingly pure and confident … emanating from the simplest and freshest local ingredients. Taste it for yourself. Our current favorite is the Saltimbocca recipe below. [...]
Come spring, it’s nearly a compulsion to sweep away the last vestiges of winter and start fresh.
The nip in the air? It’s exhilarating. The glint of sunlight? All we want to do is bask in it. And before you know it, you find yourself outdoors planting flowers, shaking off furniture covers … even sweeping the stoop can be a delight.
And since first impressions are everything, we love the idea of dressing the door with a spectacular wreath, grouping gorgeous planters, placing a new bench just so beneath the tree. A few more touches, and you fall in love with your house all over again. [...]