By Mary N. DiZazzo


Ciao bella,

Just as I descended from the taxi, coming in from Berlin's airport to check in at our hotel, I knew I was going to love this place. Walking toward me was an elderly lady stylishly dressed in black with bold gold jewelry everywhere you could possibly wear it. The gold was stunning and she wore it well. She gave me a big smile, nodded her head and went on her shimmering way! I hope I could only run into her again so we may exchange a few words, "Guten Tag" would suffice. However there's me in 20 years! When you see yourself in someone else it has to be a good omen!

Can you believe there is a huge store in Berlin that carries only NIVEA products? Remember NIVEA hand cream? Picture a whole line of everything NIVEA! NIVEA massages were offered as well!

Walking down our street, Friedrichstraße, while window shopping, we came across one of my fav hand-made cosmetic lines -- LUSH! I happen to be with two new Berliner friends, Maria and Christa, who knew it well! In fact we could smell the fragrance of LUSH at least a block away. Along with my LUSH photo visits now are Hong Kong, Rome, Berlin, and, of course, Boston and Cambridge in USA.

This city gave me a unique sense of Beauty in a historical sense. It was a city of glory with its zillions of magnificent palaces! Colossal and ancient Greek and Roman statues stared me down! Even the statue of Frederick The Great upon his galloping horse seemed to be in command and no one was going to defeat him in any sense of the word. This city was leveled to the ground in World War II and rose up out of the ashes bigger, better, integrating what was left of the old with the new and modern! A city with a determined energy! It has worked in my eyes giving strength and determination a powerful meaning. In another time I could live here. I admire the tenacity and imagination Berlin has held tightly in its grip. I would love to watch this city grow and become just more and more of what it has become today. A Heroine of stamina, the empowering Nike, golden Goddess of Victory, with her four horses and chariot perches on top of the looming Brandenburg Gate and conquered 25 years of a divided city with courage and strength -- we will not be defeated! Beauty lies in strength overcoming adversity and winning graciously.

Travel and discover a world of Beauty for it is out there to nourish your soul.

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or