Many of us know him – It might sound crazy, but I can say that he lives in the vast majority of Italian homes - L’omino coi Baffi – “The little man with the mustache”. He is the little guy that helps us kickstart our aging corpuses in the morning. He is synonymous with the iconic Moka pot – probably the most iconic coffee brewer in the world.
Staying at the Four Seasons anywhere is (for all but the wealthiest) a privileged treat and while the brand is consistent across the world, certain properties – whether due to architecture, management, or the local neighborhood – are better than others. And it’s hard to imagine many surpassing the elegance and beauty of the Four Seasons St. Petersburg where a stay harkens the great Amor Towel’s novel A Gentleman in Moscow in which a life of “house arrest” actually seems enviable within a glamourous and opulent hotel.
Given Sinatra's widespread admiration amongst grown men it's almost surprising to think that he first found fame in the 1940s crooning to teenage girls. It was the eventual loss of his voice for a time, his career, his fortune and, most notably, the loss of second-wife Ava Gardner, that meant that when listeners found his voice pressed on vinyl again it was frequently imbued with all the blue melancholy, loneliness, emotion, and sense of survival - despite it all - that he became a legend for.