The past few weeks have felt like a tour of Europe for us because we have been living mostly out of our suitcases. Since Ronn likes to mix business with pleasure when coming to Europe, I’m totally okay with this European tour. When Ronn was on B&B he would often come to Europe and would never get to really visit the places he would go to because he had to rush back to do scenes for B&B, so now when we travel to Europe, we like to take our time and really take in the cities and sites we are visiting. So while we come often these days for business, we are indeed enjoying ourselves in the process and taking time to spend having fun as well. This trip was primary for “Fashion Week” in Milan to attend the Laura Biagiotti fashion show. It was the first for Lavinia Biagiotti since her mother Laura passed away last year and we couldn’t have been more proud of her. The show was a smashing success! It became apparent that Ronn can no longer walk around Milan without getting mobbed for photos by nearly everyone! He had to have a police escort and had to take cover in stores to get a break from it, but the love that Italy has for him is so beautiful to witness. It also seems to be that way everywhere we go in Europe and of all ages, including young men and women.
It was also near Ronn’s birthday and we both had a last minute opportunity to be included in the Comic Con convention in Rotterdam. I had done a Comic con show in San Diego in the past, but Ronn had never done these type of shows and I thought it would be fun for him to experience one. Those of you who haven’t been to these kinds of shows may not know what die hard fans go to them and dress up in their favorite characters from their favorite action and fantasy movies and TV shows. There are Q & A sessions with some of the stars and meet and greet photo sessions and tons of movie and TV show memorabilia that you can buy. And It’s a way to get personally signed autographed photos from your favorite actors like the “Arrow” series star, Manu Bennett from New Zealand, who hung out with us and helped celebrate Ronn’s birthday.
After Comic con, we went on to Amsterdam for a couple of days and had a productive meeting with a company that is interested in producing, “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning” in Europe. I’m very excited about this collaboration because it will be with no salt, yet still have all the flavor of my recipe. As you guys remember, I introduced Cajun cooking to Belgium last year and I hope to bring more of that throughout Europe in the future. We also had a production meeting on Ronn’s upcoming European music tour this fall and on all the Ronn Moss merchandise that is coming, including a Ronn Moss fragrance. Later this month we will go to Belgium to smell it and finalize the packaging along with other Ronn Moss products for the tour and I will be posting all the tour dates for Belgium and The Netherlands on his website very soon!
When we come to Europe, we always try and spend some time in Rome, which is one of Ronn’s favorite cities and this visit we had dinner with Hollywood legend, Gina Lollobrigida before heading off to St. Moritz for a few days. Switzerland was a country I had never visited before and Ronn had the opportunity to meet some of St. Moritz’ most important people in charge of future events in St. Moritz that are interested in him hosting and participating in their annual winter season. Our friend, Gian Franco Tordi is a native from St. Moritz and has been trying to get us to come there for quite some time, so we spent a few nights at the fabulous Kulm Hotel filming a talk show and meeting with everyone. I got to experience the most amazing spa in the Kulm hotel and even did a periscope of going into the outdoor pool overlooking the picturesque snowy mountains.
After St. Moritz, we headed Milan for an appearance on the TV show, “Domenica Live” and then stopping into Florence before heading into the countryside of Tuscany for some quiet time with our friends Francesco and Isabella who are expecting their second baby in a couple of months. They have the most amazing villa that really gives you the flavor of what Tuscany is all about and they make amazing wine and olive oil on their property. If you guys are interested in experiencing their villa you can view it here. Our trip so far has been a fun one mixed in with a bit of business and a lot of pleasure. We still have some business meetings in the next couple of weeks in Belgium and Milan to attend and we plan to visit Venice before Easter. So our European tour continues with many other things coming to share with you over the next year!