@Chantal That “each time” does not sound pretentious in any way, shape, form, or fashion,
I think it sounds glorious! And although you say you are by no means rich, good for you if that was the case. Being rich is a hard job, one that takes constant work and constant upkeep.
I’m more than a little obsessed with Italian history too. My thoughts tend to lean towards the romantic, and dreamy, and Italy and its history are all of that and more to me. Your writing about glass (I love glasswork) and ceramics (I adore ceramics) has ignited all kinds of ideas in my mind about going shopping at many different places, in person and online. Not good, because I’m on a strict budget.
@Francine I think it’s great that your mother has a collection of gorgeous yellow and blue ceramics. It’s always a good thing when a mother has taste. I would love to go clothes shopping in Italy. That would be really interesting. I know that there has to be all kinds of beautiful goods that you can get in Italy that are specific to that region. Of course the Internet makes it easy to shop online from stores all over the world, but there is nothing like shopping for clothes in person.