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A Writer In Italy - travel, books, art and life

Michelle Johnston

Podcast about travel, writing, life, books, gardens and food. Celebrates creative living and the journeys we need to make along the way. Interest in slow living, creativity, art, slow food, cooking, books and life.
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Welcome to Episode 6: Florence and Fiesole......
Book Share: In the Shadow of a Cypress: An Italian Adventure.
Chapter 4 and the adventure of seeing Florence again after many years, staying in the hill top town of Fiesole, visiting the fabulous Santa Maria del Fiore, The Uffizi Gallery for the Medici Art Collection and the Strozzi Gallery for the Picasso Exhibit.
The journey of an Italophile at home and in Italy. Sharing the love of the Anglo-Italian experience and favourite books of past Anglo-Florentines who have loved Florence and made a life there.
A Room With A View, Tea With Mussolini, A Castle in Tuscany: The Remarkable Life of Janet Ross, The Queen Bee of Tuscany: The Redoubtable Janet Ross, A Tuscan Childhood and more recently Emiko Davies and Tessa Kiros's cookbooks.
The Adventure continues, next stop Siena and a wonderful conversation with Emiko Davies about the lure of Italy and her cookbooks, life and living in Florence.
Please find show notes at www.michellejohnston.life
© 2021 A Writer In Italy - travel, writing, art and life

Music Composed by Richard Johnston, © 2021

Instagram: @awriterinitaly and @theyellowhouse__
About A Writer in Italy Podcast:
Five years ago Michelle Johnston traveled to Italy to create space for herself and her writing. Michelle traveled solo giving herself time to recalibrate after many years of parenting and life in general. Leaving her husband to take care of the family she reconnected with her writing, her art and her love of travel.
The adventure turned into the book and travel memoir...............
In the Shadow of a Cypress: An Italian Adventure

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Welcome to Episode 4: Cortona, Italy
Book Share: In the Shadow of a Cypress: An Italian Adventure
Chapter 3: "Terrible Ideas, hmmm don't you just love those?"..........Under The Tuscan Sun (film)
This chapter is an exploration of Cortona and shares the joy of spontaneous travel as events unfold over a day in the beautiful Tuscan town of Cortona.
Food, wine and a visit to Villa Bramasole to take in the beauty and magic of Cortona.
Inspired by the books and the lifestyle of Frances Mayes this episode has Michelle musing over this influence on her life over the past twenty years.
Endnote: Thoughts on living the creative life and publishing Woman on the Verge.....a book about creativity, life, women and art journals.
Please find show notes at www.michellejohnston.life
Details at the end of episode on favourite Italian inspired books.............
© 2021 A Writer In Italy - travel, books, art and life

Music Composed by Richard Johnston, © 2021

Instagram: @awriterinitaly and @theyellowhouse__
About A Writer in Italy Podcast:
Five years ago Michelle Johnston traveled to Italy to create space for herself and her writing. Michelle traveled solo giving herself time to recalibrate after many years of parenting and life in general. Leaving her husband to take care of the family she reconnected with her writing, her art and her love of travel.
The adventure turned into the book and travel memoir...............
In the Shadow of a Cypress: An Italian Adventure
Welcome to a Writer in Italy Podcast.

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Welcome to Episode #17: Bringing Italy Home..
This is a second dose of possibilities of an Italian kind. Over the past few weeks I have been wandering into old books and new ones, and have felt delighted at sitting down to watch the documentaries Made in Italy, Franca: Chaos and Creation and my favourite Italian film I practically had to go on a pilgrimage to get my hands on. It turns out that E-bay came up with the goods in the end....I was so happy because for ages I have wanted to watch Bread and Tulips, the Italian film that one many Italian Academy Awards back in early 2000. I just love the characters and certainly the back drop of Venice is wonderful...

Since we are in the middle of a large adjustment around travel it is great that we can tap into film and books like Always Italy to feed the muse in the meantime. As I said in the last in the last episode, they teach and open one to the beauty of a place. Let that transport you for now.

Enjoy.....
© 2021 A Writer In Italy - travel, writing, art and life

Music Composed by Richard Johnston, © 2021

Please find all Show Notes and details mentioned at:
www.michellejohnston.life
Instagram: @awriterinitaly and @theyellowhouse__

About A Writer in Italy Podcast:
Five years ago Michelle Johnston traveled to Italy to create space for herself and her writing. Michelle traveled solo giving herself time to recalibrate after many years of parenting and life in general. Leaving her husband to take care of the family she reconnected with her writing, her art and her love of travel.
The adventure turned into the book and travel memoir...............
In the Shadow of a Cypress: An Italian Adventure

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Welcome to Episode #15: The Calabrian Homecoming - In Conversation with Josephine Gregoire.....
I have sat on this conversation for a while now and let’s just say it has to be noted that we sat down on a beautiful summers day here in Bungendore, NSW, Australia at Le Tres Bon in Josephine and Christophe’s French Restaurant in late 2019 to record this podcast.

It is important to note that at the time, all was pretty normal here in Australia. China was certainly not in a great place with Covid-19, yet Italy nor Spain had no idea what was hurtling toward them. Italy’s first case of Covid-19 hit the headlines at the end of January 2020. Then the spiral of life changes began to trickle and then absolutely pour into northern Italy at a disarming rate. Still right now all of Italy is in lockdown as are most places around the world.

I am sharing this despite our worlds turning upside down and despite the fact that since last week Le Tres Bon has had to shut their doors to the public as have many restaurants around the world. Their Cooking School and their Tours of Alsace, France, Calabria, Italy and New Caledonia are on hold for now until that beautiful day arrives when this is over, a surreal thought right now.

I am sharing this because conversations and time with people matters, the beauty of sharing a coffee has never been more of a sweet thing until now, simply because unless it’s with a member of your own personal household well it is not happening.

When we sat down to chat last year it was because I knew Josephine’s story was an important one and one that I wanted to know more about and potentially share on the podcast.
This is indeed a story about Love, Migration, Tradition and Place.

Firstly, I just want to thank Josephine for opening her heart to tell her story to us. I doubt it was easy as it is deeply personal and relevant to her life today. So thank you again Josephine for giving me the opportunity to listen and share your world.

Le Tres Bon: French Restaurant, Cooking School and Tours:
www.letresbon.com.au

Subscribe to Chef Christophe’s Cooking Show:

Le Tres Bon Gourmet Tours

Please find all Show Notes at:
www.michellejohnston.life
The food journey continues and in future episodes........Stay tuned........and visit the Blog: 'Cooking with Massimo and Friends' for updates and shares along the way regarding the big commitment to cook every recipe from the book "Bread is Gold: Extraordinary Meals with Ordinary Ingredients" ....
Support and Learn More: www.FoodforSoul.it
Please subscribe, rate and/or review if you enjoyed this podcast.
Instagram: @awriterinitaly and @theyellowhouse__
© 2021 A Writer In Italy - travel, writing, art and life

Music Composed by Richard Johnston, © 2021

About A Writer in Italy Podcast:
Five years ago Michelle Johnston traveled to Italy to create space for herself and her writing. Michelle traveled solo giving herself time to recalibrate after many years of parenting and life in general. Leaving her husband to take care of the family she reconnected with her writing, her art and her love of travel.
The adventure turned into the book and travel memoir...............
In the Shadow of a Cypress: An Italian Adventure

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Welcome to Episode #14: Food For Thought, Cooking from the Cookbook ‘Bread is Gold: Extraordinary Meals with Ordinary Ingredients’ as a project to see me though this year. I have no doubt it will take me that long......And surrendering to the Simple Life as I know it.

Wow, things have changed so fast we barely know what will happen today nor tomorrow. We are in the middle of unprecedented times, certainly in my own personal lifetime never mind my kids. Italy is suffering so much as are most countries, and we are watching from the sidelines on guard to our own fate with this virus. My prayers and thoughts are with those who are experiencing the harsh reality and pain of this time.
In the short term I am concentrating my energies on what I can do today that is creative, intentional and purposeful. Creativity is called for in times of crisis.

Making the decision to flat out cook from the bountiful ‘Bread is Gold’ cookbook is not a light one. It takes time, thought, intention, resourcefulness and conviction. Time will tell about the conviction part however I am enjoying the process and finding my way even if I am slightly anxious how this will turn out. Onwards I say.......

Thank you for joining me on the Podcast and on Instagram.......
© 2021 A Writer In Italy - travel, writing, art and life

Music Composed by Richard Johnston, © 2021

Bread is Gold: Extraordinary Meals with Ordinary Ingredients by Massimo Bottura & Friends by Phaidon Press

Netflix: Theater of Life Documentary, 2015:

Documents Bottura opening the soup Kitchen for the needy using the food waste from the 2015 Milan Expo..........

Netflix: Chef’s Table......Season 1:

If you don't already know Massimo Bottura this is the story behind his rise to No 1 Restaurant in the world.

Fantastic and an incredible journey to be one of the most influential people in the world.

Support and Learn More: www.FoodforSoul.it

Please find all Show Notes at:
www.michellejohnston.life
This journey will continue in future episodes........Stay tuned........and visit the Blog: 'Cooking with Massimo and Friends' for updates and shares along the way....
Please subscribe, rate and/or review if you enjoyed this podcast.
Instagram: @awriterinitaly and @theyellowhouse__

About A Writer in Italy Podcast:
Five years ago Michelle Johnston traveled to Italy to create space for herself and her writing. Michelle traveled solo giving herself time to recalibrate after many years of parenting and life in general. Leaving her husband to take care of the family she reconnected with her writing, her art and her love of travel.
The adventure turned into the book and travel memoir...............
In the Shadow of a Cypress: An Italian Adventure

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Welcome to Episode #7: A Conversation with Cookbook Author, Food Writer and Photographer Emiko Davies about Italy, Books and Family.......

I had a lovely time over coffee at Tilley’s Lyneham on a chilly winters morning in Canberra chatting and getting to know Emiko and all of the wonderful details about her three cookbooks and how she started as a Food Blogger in Florence, Italy.

I very much enjoyed this conversation forgetting that I am on the recording too, hence all of my oohs and ahhs while listening in rapture to the wonderful details of Emiko’s life.

Studying art restoration and etching, living in Florence, starting a Tuscan food blog to cure her creative energy and fuel her days, getting the call to write a book, navigating motherhood and Florence, moving to the Maremma in the middle of writing and completing ‘Florentine’, observing and eating seasonally..........All of it a fabulous journey to partake in and share.

I love book publishing stories so had to get to the bottom of how and when this all happened and Emiko is a wonderful story teller so I am grateful she had the time to chat in the lively ambience of Tilley’s on a bustling Monday morning, jazz tunes and all.

Visit Emiko at www.emikodavies.com
Please find Show Notes at www.michellejohnston.life
© 2021 A Writer In Italy - travel, writing, art and life

Music Composed by Richard Johnston, © 2021

Instagram: @awriterinitaly and @theyellowhouse__
About A Writer in Italy Podcast:
Five years ago Michelle Johnston traveled to Italy to create space for herself and her writing. Michelle traveled solo giving herself time to recalibrate after many years of parenting and life in general. Leaving her husband to take care of the family she reconnected with her writing, her art and her love of travel.
The adventure turned into the book and travel memoir...............
In the Shadow of a Cypress: An Italian Adventure.
A Writer in Italy is a Podcast about sharing the joys and wonders of travel, whether it be from the armchair at home with a favourite travel or cook book on Italy or wherever makes you happy or on a personal adventure in the world. Enjoy.

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