The Tarot Garden/Giardino dei Tarocchi


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The Tarot Garden or, in Italian: Giardino Dei Tarocchi, is a whimsical sculpture exhibition which is located in Tuscany near Pescia Fiorentina. The garden is modeled after Antonio Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona. Those familiar with Gaudi know he has a brand of architecture which is modern, creative, colorful and playful. Barcelona is inspired by Gaudi’s works and the cathedral which is still in progression.

The Tarot Garden is the mastermind of French-American artist; Niki de Saint Phalle. It is quite unique and I came across the images on Instagram. It might be a secret garden to those outside the European radar. De Saint Phalle has collaborated with many artists who have engraved their names into work. It is like an amusement park, but it is a land of symbolic sculpture. It seems part child like and part adult. It took 20 years to develop and opened in 1988. De Saint Phalle lived in The Sphinx while working on the project. Spend a few hours seeing the colorful ceramic mosaic painted creations with mirrored pieces on reinforced concrete. The materials which have been used to build these 22 elaborate creations. Sculpture themes are; The Sphinx, The Golden Skelton, The Hanging Man (death theme), The Priestess, The Castle, The Devil, The Moon, The Oracle and The Hermit. I do not fully understand the mythology, religious, mysticism, predictions, space, time or deeper interpretive meanings, but one can read the website in more detail and watch videos. The collection is based on tarot cards and combines imagery and nature in a dream like state. The creative designers put thought into the color, shapes, textures, materials, placement, design , philosophy and detailed subjects. One wanders through the garden maze and leaves, feeling as if they have escaped the world of time and place.






Heritage: Monaco’s Pink Palace, Beatrice Borromeo and Buccellati Jewels

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Beatrice Borromeo, born in Innichen, Italy which is located in South Tyrol, close to the Austrian border. Beatrice is from an aristocratic Italian family. The daughter of, Donna Paola Marzotto, and Carlo Ferdinando, Count of Arona. The family is related to the Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, during the mid 16th century. The heirs own the Borromean Islands which are set in the Mediterranean with fairy tale architecture and the sea as a backdrop. Beatrice’s mother is linked to the design House of Valentino and Beatrice wore a Valentino dress for her 2015 summer wedding to Pierre Casiraghi. Pierre Casiraghi is the youngest son of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover and Stefano Casiraghi. Beatrice wore 5 wedding dresses between the wedding in Monaco, the formal religious ceremony in the Borromean Islands and parties. The Armani Priveé gown, simply elegant and white, is smashing and a beautiful veil was an accent to the assemble. Beatrice Borromeo is blonde and has an air of finesse. She has been on fashion magazine covers, but Hello Magazine shows her style as well. Beatrice attends fashion week in Paris, London and Milan, as does her sister in law, Charlotte Casiraghi. Beatrice Borromeo has modeled for Valentino, Trussardi, Ermanno Scervino and Alberto Ferreti. She attended Bocconi University, as an undergraduate, and received a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in NYC. She has worked in radio and TV, writing and reporting. While living in Rome, she wrote for the newspaper: “Il Fatto Quotidiano”. Beatrice directed the documentary: “Mamma Mafia” which covers the female roles within “the familigia”. She is the current muse for high end jewelry company, Buccellati. Buccellati was founded in 1919 by Mario and his son, in Milano. It was bought by a Chinese company and then French clothing and jewelry group, Richemont, The ad campaign is set to sensual music and shows a series of snapshots in which she walks through Rome’s/La Citta Eterna: Piazza di Piedra, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Dei Fiori and a villa, wearing intricate gold necklaces, the Macri bracelet, with tiny star shaped diamond florettes, lace cocktail earrings and honeycomb designs. Right now, her role is as wife and mother to two young sons. Beatrice is a nice addition to the House of Grimaldi. Charlotte Casiraghi, her sister in law, is the one who made the introduction to her brother, Pierre. Charlotte has had her own foray into fashion. She is a top equestrian and modeled for Gucci bit loafers, scarves and their makeup line as well as being a YSL model and ambassador for Mont Blanc. She attends the shows with other European socialites. She developed her own line of bold and avant garde jewelry,Les Aimants with Mont Blanc. She has written a book about philosophy which is dedicated to her father. Charlotte, Pierre, and her older brother, Andreas, are in line to the Moangasque throne. The tiny principality has been in the family for over 700 years with Prince Albert as the current leader. Their grandmother was actress, Grace Kelly, who became a princess upon, her 1956, marriage to Prince Rainier. Grace met the prince while filming; “To Catch a Thief”. The film starring, Cary Grant, centers on a jewel thief in the French Riviera. Get a glimpse of the new Grimaldi generation on The Rocher, Port Hercule or during the changing of the guard at the Pink Palace. Or, you can try your luck, 007 style, at The Casino de Monte- Carlo.