Maison Fabre – Paris

My new hand made gloves from Maison Fabre, Paris. The grey ones have a small pink bird embroidered on the right hand inside glove. just the one hand making them even more divine! Love Paris and everything in it. xxx

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Petrarch – The house where he was born in Arezzo

Francesco Petrarca (July 20, 1304 – July 19, 1374), commonly anglicized as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch’s rediscovery of Cicero‘s letters is often credited for initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. Petrarch is often called the “Father of Humanism”. In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch’s works, as well as those of Giovanni Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri. Petrarch would be later endorsed as a model for Italian style by the Accademia della Crusca. Petrarch’s sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. He is also known for being the first to develop the concept of the “Dark Ages“.

I was so excited when our very knowledgeable walking tour guide “Suzanne” announced that this house that we had casually walked passed earlier, was in fact the house that Petrarch was born and raised in, here in Arezzo. MY GOD I had studied his poetry at university and I was standing in front of his house……. needless to say it was I think one of the highlights of my trip to Italy.

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