Girl in Florence aka Georgette Jupe

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about the beautiful city of Florence and Italy also sharing travel tips and stories along the way. Now 'Girl in Florence' includes advice for Florence, artisan features, interviews with locals, tips for life in Italy and travel posts from all over Europe. I'd love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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19.04.2019 90 Comments

About

19.04.2019 90 Comments

Buongiorno, This is Georgette!

Welcomed to my personal blog by a curious American girl with a semi-confusing name {and it’s Georgette} living and working in Florence, Italy. This blog is primarily about my travels around the world, plus a generous helping of lifestyle and food tips for the city of Firenze.

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A little personal background, I was born and raised in Texas, lived in Los Angeles and somehow ended up in the wonderful continent of Europe due to a rather random series of events.

Daily life revolves around my job at ITALY Magazine as the content editor and creating, implementing social media strategies for clients ( my clients include five star hotels and brands Hotel Savoy in Florence and J.K. Place. In addition to that, I work as a freelance writer for publications such as Luxos Magazine. The blog is my happy personal home, all while attempting to tame a naughty beagle named Ginger with my French husband Nico.

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I’m working on learning fluent French but don’t judge me, it’s hard.

Of course I shouldn’t leave out that bit of insanity and odd sightings uncovered on a daily basis. Traveling plays a huge role in this blog, whether it be Italy or Europe – and recently Thailand and Morocco.

We can’t seem to shake the itch to change places and experience new things, with or without a bidet. One must learn to sacrifice.

Palazzo Vecchio 28/11/2015, such wonderful memories
Palazzo Vecchio 28/11/2015, such wonderful memories not so long ago!
Our little family, just a trio of haphazard new-age Florentines. Photo credit: Christine Juette Photography
Our little family, just a trio of haphazard new-age Florentines. Photo credit: Christine Juette Photography

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about this beautiful city and country, while also sharing travel tips and stories of the people I meet along the way.

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I’d love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is..

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

I never wanted this blog to be just about me, because it just wouldn’t be that interesting. This is why I recommend scooting over to my interview series called ‘Locals I Love’ where I basically pick the brains of those living and working here, both Italian and foreign. I love to celebrate people, the work that they do which in a small city like Florence, seems to be filled with tremendous talent.

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Don’t miss my features on local independent booksellers and artisans.

If you are curious about how I got here, please check out this interview with Around Tuscany.

Life is about enjoying simple pleasures and enjoying great company with those closest to you, coupled with the willingness to embrace a never-ending curiosity and examine at any situation with a fresh sense of humor. Slow is good and my goals are pretty simple, providing a loving, stable home with my husband and dog and connecting people along the way.

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A lot of people have asked me why my blog’s name is so generic aka ‘Girl in Florence’. I chose the title because to be completely honest,  Italy is full of people like me — working several jobs, trying to build careers and dealing with copious amounts of tear-inducing red-tape. This is no fantasy world in the eyes of an expat but rather I’m just another girl living in Florence

What can you find on this blog? Plenty about travel, musing regarding daily life, way too much food, boutique shops featuring made-in-Italy designers, and monthly events. I especially try to discover hidden finds in Florence from the point of view of a normal person living and working in the city who loves food, and artisan handicrafts, not quite in that order.

Spritz o'clock in my beloved piazza della passera. Photo credit: Christine Juette Photography
Spritz o’clock in my beloved piazza della passera. Photo credit: Christine Juette Photography

I adore chatting with you guys which is why I encourage you to comment on my posts and I will always give you an answer,  you can also find me on google +Facebook, instagrampinterest, linkedIn or twitter. On snapchat my username is: Ggnitaly84

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*This is 100% a personal blog, all thoughts are my own and yes occasionally you will see a grammar or spelling error because I am human ;), please forgive me in advance. 

Some fun facts you might have not known about me

  • My official language is Italiaenglish, a somewhat haphazard mix of both Italian and English that usually involves me starting a sentence in one language and finishing in other. French is slowly creeping in but mostly I just throw in a ‘oui or ‘tres jolie’ from time to time.
  • I just got married to my best friend in November 2015 and we couldn’t be happier. The dog however, is seriously jealous.
  • My name has ensured that I will never be able to purchase personalized key-chains at the autogrill.
  • I have a secret love for hedgehogs
  • My partner-in-crime is the most Italian Frenchman you would ever meet, his veins are filled with 50% negroni, a dose of patience, and enough energy to keep up with me.
  • I love instagram, but I am seriously turned off by people that take it too far seriously and ruin the fun of social media by self-absorbed posting. Get over it people.

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Nothing beats waking up to sun on a Friday morning, especially when this is just a 10 minute walk from your front door. Sometimes I imagine what it might have been like strolling these same streets in the early 1400's in #Florence, when the cathedral's cupola still had yet to be built (the church was there since the previous century). Construction was completed on this enormous Dome, which had never been done before, in 1436 by Brunelleschi. This fiery goldsmith turned architect looked to Rome's pantheon for inspiration and also invented one-point linear perspective in paintings, which many do not know #lovetheworld #bbctravel

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  • I have an unhealthy obsession with the spice, ginger, also the name of my beagle, who yes has her own instagram account.
  • My current linked-in profile should be changed to ‘masochist’ with a social media edge ;-). Also I often make up random jobs to strangers that I think I will never meet again. Dutch-shoe cobbler is my current favorite.
  • I live on the third floor of my apartment building and I curse myself every time I hit the last flight of stairs. It never gets easier and I hope I never break a limb. It does mean I can eat more pizza than the average person.
  • I have been known to bribe post office workers with the occasional pocket coffee and ‘what a nice haircut, have you lost weight’  compliments in order to get better service. It’s shameless, I know..

Also if you read and enjoy this blog, may I humbly suggest that you stop by PayPal and send a little donation to [email protected]? Your donations help keep this blog (and the emailing) going, hosting costs etc.

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I also want to give a major shoutout to the creator of the Girl in Florence Logo & Button (pink vespa!) , the wonderful Megan Nones. She is incredibly talented and I highly recommend her for any graphic design needs. Website 

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GirlInFlorence

Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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    bundleofbooks 14.06.2012 at 17:48

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy reading you blog. You write so well and make me miss Italy so much! I hope you don’t mind but I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award! 😀 http://bundleofbooks.org/2012/06/14/more-favourite-blogs-and-awards/

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      ggnitaly84 14.06.2012 at 17:53

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I really enjoy your blog as well since my first passion in life has always been books! 🙂

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    Michel 19.06.2012 at 12:30

    It’s easy to enjoy the simple pleasures in Italy.

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      ggnitaly84 19.06.2012 at 12:55

      e vero.. I very much believe in the concept of living life slowly (when I;m not working.. 😉

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    Anarya Andir 30.08.2012 at 17:16

    Hi!

    I have nominated your blog for the Adventurous Blogger Award! I would be very grateful if you accept. Thank you :D.

    http://manishamishra.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/adventurous-blogger-award/

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    The Other Watson 09.09.2012 at 11:34

    What a great blog you have here! 🙂

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      ggnitaly84 09.09.2012 at 12:43

      thank you for visiting 😀

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        The Other Watson 09.09.2012 at 14:04

        Not a problem! I meant to follow when I visited here earlier but I mustn’t have clicked the button! Anyhow, all good now, it’s clicked – I’ll definitely be swinging by again! 🙂

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    linedriedlife 17.11.2012 at 23:00

    GIRL! im so happy i came accross your blog. you look awesome and have lovely info! thanks for the follow back on twitter. we should kick it sometime!
    -danella (and scott, even though he didnt write this lol)

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      ggnitaly84 18.11.2012 at 1:50

      aww thank you for the kind words :-), compliments will get you everywhere haha 🙂

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    expatsincebirth 18.12.2012 at 11:35

    Hi Georgette, I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Congratulations!

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      ggnitaly84 18.12.2012 at 11:40

      Thank you! That meets a lot to me, grazie. Gracias, merci, danke!

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    Tisha 20.12.2012 at 17:05

    I know a lot of these come around, but I wanted to nominate you for The Sunshine Award! The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who positively and creatively inspire other bloggers. Find out more about it by reading my post: http://briefhiatus.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/sunshine-award/

    You deserve this. I would certainly consider you inspiring! So happy I found your blog. 🙂

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    sherry willome 19.01.2013 at 0:52

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Florence in June, and I’ve looked at several blogs…LOVE yours. Living in San Antonio certainly helped with the connection.

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      ggnitaly84 19.01.2013 at 10:10

      Thank you Sherry for the kind words! 🙂

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        Sherry Willome 19.01.2013 at 18:05

        Is your husband a tour guide???

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    Cathy New York 24.02.2013 at 14:07

    Thanks for this great blog. My daughter was just accepted to a year abroad program in Florence and I was looking for a few of my favorite old haunts to recommend when I found your blog. I forwarded the link to her. I know it will be a great resource. Is Zaza’s restaurant still a good eat? What about Angie’s pub on via dei Neri? It used to be (in the 80’s) a family run fun spot. Does it still exist? I also used to get great chocolate chip cookies when I needed a fix from a bakery called Carley’s, run by two Americans . Is that still around? Thanks for your help.

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      ggnitaly84 24.02.2013 at 17:39

      Ciao Cathy! That is so exciting for you daughter – congrats to her, and this means you can come visit. I actually like Zaza’s to eat, its still good just a little pricier. Angie’s is also there to stay and still a haunt for many locals/students, I am huge huge fan of via dei neri and all it has to offer actually. Carley’s I have not heard of but we have Mama’s Bakery that is awesome on via della chiesa or Sugar and Spice bakery in Florence.

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    Tracy Burton 27.02.2013 at 19:12

    I just found you and can hardly wait to read some of your back entries. I lived and studied in Firenze for a year in 1990, lived with a family and still consider them my Italian Mamma and Sorellina. My sister has been posting about the election a lot, so I decided to investigate and came across your blog. I am loving how your experiences remind me of my own (even from so long ago). My heart and soul will always be of Florence and I appreciate feeling connected more to my city through your words and experiences.

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      ggnitaly84 27.02.2013 at 19:26

      Tracy thank you for the kind words :-). I always love hearing about other peoples experiences in Florence. That’s amazing that you have kept that connection with your Italian ‘family’. I am sure they are just as happy as you are. Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoy my blog!

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    Bike Pretty 05.03.2013 at 9:01

    Georgette, your blog is amazing! You are totally killing it.
    My heart is so warmed knowing that you are making it in Florence. You were so important to helping me get through my time there.

    I’m doubly, no triply, impressed because I could never imagine working on my blog in Florence (well, on Via Isonzo).

    And congratulations to you and Tomasso on seven years together! I’m very happy for you both.

    baci,
    Melissa

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      ggnitaly84 05.03.2013 at 10:02

      Melissa! It’s actually you! You have no idea how many times I think about what you are doing in this world. Thank you so much for checking me out here and commenting, I need an update in your life! Now that via isonzo miraculously has discovered broadband internet, life is on a whole other level lol. I’ll have to check yours out too! xoxoxo un grande bacione!

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    Alejandra 07.04.2013 at 4:26

    This sounds so familiar in a way. I’m from Mexico, but somehow after college ended up in Seattle, WA. I’ve been here about 9 months now and everything has been so crazy and busy that like you say, it’s not all rose colored at all. Making a career in another country is HARD WORK. And in the end, I am too but another girl in Seattle. 😉

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      ggnitaly84 08.04.2013 at 10:21

      I hear you! What’s it like starting a new life in America? I am always curious about how it is for those coming to live in the USA. 😀

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    Evez 12.04.2013 at 12:54

    Ever heard of the sweetness of doing nothing? :-). Italians mastered it! 😉 I’m partly Italian and proud of it

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      ggnitaly84 12.04.2013 at 13:00

      Ah yes! ‘Il Dolce far niente’ – I LOVE this about Italy, my kind of country indeed!

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    perthians 17.06.2013 at 11:22

    Please have a cone for me at festivale del gelato 🙂 you lucky girl

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    Sean Finelli 27.07.2013 at 14:01

    Hey! Great blog! really cool layout.. extremely stylish. We have a creative travel company in Rome and i would love to start a dialogue. How do we get in contact?
    Sean P Finelli

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      ggnitaly84 29.07.2013 at 10:29

      Hello Sean, thank you! If you send me an email via my contact form, I’ll get back to you asap!

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    Olivia Grace 17.08.2013 at 16:53

    Love your blog! Do you have any advice for new bloggers like myself? Just about to move to Siena as a student and seems like the perfect time to start! 🙂

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      ggnitaly84 18.08.2013 at 21:35

      I would say ‘get social’ (with all of the social networking sites.. google plus, twitter, and just write consistently and from the heart. :-). and send me your link, I love new blogs!

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    Sam 17.08.2013 at 17:23

    Love learning about Italy through your blog, and I especially like your series of interviews with people from Florence! Just letting you know that I gave you a shout-out in my blogging awards post 🙂 Just letting you know that I gave you a shout-out in my blogging awards post 🙂 http://wiesagtman.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/be-lazy-blogger-reap-rewards-repeat/

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    Missy 07.09.2013 at 6:25

    Just reading through your blog now and I want to thank you for sharing your experience. I am strongly considering relocating to Florence from the US sometime next year and am in the beginning stages of research now. Feeling a bit overwhelmed! Your blog is helping to add an element of familiarity during this daunting yet exciting process. I look forward to reading the rest!

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      ggnitaly84 07.09.2013 at 13:48

      Thank you for reading my blog! Ive certainly been there myself so I totally understand. Good luck to you!

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        Missy 11.09.2013 at 6:14

        Thanks! So.., as I was dutifully doing more research on the web about possible citizenship I stumbled across another blogger, Kate Hash of La Vita e Bella who mentioned you in one of the posts I came across. The world as we once knew it is certainly shrinking! Love it!

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    areyoureadytoconquertheworld 08.09.2013 at 15:49

    Thank you for sharing!! We hope to make it to Florence someday 🙂

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      ggnitaly84 09.09.2013 at 0:19

      You should – then let me know when you do 🙂

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    Carol M. Horsford 25.10.2013 at 1:53

    Hi- Love your blog!! My new husband and I will be in Florence for Christmas this year. Have any suggestions for what to do on Dec 25th? as all the museums and such are closed.

    Know any great restaurants that are open on the 25th?
    Or know any American’s willing to host a newly married couple? We can bring with us any items that can only be bought in the states.

    Thanks Carol

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    Robin Ellis 31.10.2013 at 15:01

    Hi Georgette,
    Nice blog about my favorite city!

    As you love food perhaps you’d enjoy coming to an event on Saturday, Nov 16th in Florence at the Antica Torre hotel roof-top terrace. My friend, Keith Richmond, who has 1000 olive trees in Tuscany will be bringing some of his newly pressed oil and giving a tasting. I will be promoting my second cookbook, based on Mediterranean food, called Healthy Eating for Life. Also I have a small fan club in Italy as a BBC classic series I did, Poldark,(broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre in the USA) was very popular with Italians. Event is a 1h30. My blog is http://robin-ellis.net/.
    Ciao!

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      ggnitaly84 31.10.2013 at 15:13

      Hello Robin, thanks for checking out my blog :). I absolutely love that hotel and if I can stop by voluntieri! Also, I am mildly obsessed with olive oil. Nectar of the gods to this girl!

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    Valeria 16.11.2013 at 18:37

    Loved reading this! I just got back from Bologna and Firenze. Loved it! Wish I didn’t have to come back. I am not planning my next trip or 2.

    I’ve gotten the little thought in my head – could I move here? You listed great things about what to expect and the pitfalls to avoid.

    Ciao!

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    Hitch-Hikers Handbook 01.01.2014 at 18:05

    Lovely blog, Georgette! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe! Oh… and a happy New Year! 🙂

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      ggnitaly84 03.01.2014 at 18:39

      Thank you, its an honor to be followed! I am very much looking forward to blogging, reading, and eating, oh yes and drinking much of 2014! 😉 Happy New Year to you!

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    WFirenze 05.02.2014 at 23:16

    Hi, pleased to meet you! 🙂

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      ggnitaly84 06.02.2014 at 14:46

      nice to meet you too! I adore your blog, love to see all of the updated events. GREAT job

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    Kris 20.02.2014 at 13:32

    Hello Georgette! I founf your blog through a friend of mine via FB! I read very little – my working lunch time is quite short 🙂 – but so far I like it a lot! I wondered one thing: how did you finished in Italy? Why Italy? 🙂

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      ggnitaly84 20.02.2014 at 14:55

      Hello Kris, well thats a good question and thank you for checking out my blog even if you have little reading time ;-). As far as ‘why’ – I studied abroad when was a junior in university and really felt at home here and the lifestyle, the food, the wine, the landscape… Plus my ex-boyfriend is Italian and was a big reason for the move back. So far, I like my life here so for now (and probably forever) Italy is home!

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    Jenifer Mangione Vogt 09.03.2014 at 21:49

    I’m really glad I found this blog. You have a very witty and engaging writing style and I look forward to seeing my favorite Italian city through your eyes!

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      ggnitaly84 09.03.2014 at 21:54

      Ciao Jenifer, your comment made me blush 🙂 I hope I can continue to grab your interest.

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    littlespoonsway 19.04.2014 at 2:54

    Thanks for your blog! I’m working on moving to Firenze as a student this September (while currently living in Japan, oof there is so much to prepare for and to do).

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      GirlinFlorence 19.04.2014 at 14:41

      hey, thanks for checking it out! I am sure you will be just fine, especially if you already live abroad 🙂 good luck with your journey!

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        littlespoonsway 23.04.2014 at 13:46

        Any chance you have some tips for finding apartments? Scams seem to run rampant! I’m doing my best to make sure I don’t get stiffed.

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          GirlinFlorence 24.04.2014 at 8:40

          I would say don’t send money over and try to see the plae in person first. And see if someone from your school or a local friend can check it out first to make sure its legit!

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            littlespoonsway 24.04.2014 at 8:55

            Thanks girl! ^_^

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            GirlinFlorence 24.04.2014 at 8:56

            No problem! you can always ask me too if you aren’t sure about a place 🙂

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    Anna Evans 30.04.2014 at 21:08

    Strange question I know, but I was wondering if you could tell me the average monthly grocery bill for one in Florence. I am applying for an arts grant. Would 277 euros sound about right?
    Thanks
    Anna

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      GirlinFlorence 01.05.2014 at 18:43

      that is so hard to say because it really depends on how much (and what you eat). I would say I spend around 50-70 euros a week on food

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    aubreycharnell 01.05.2014 at 17:24

    I am so happy to have found your blog! I am a Southern as well, keeping myself inspired for my move to Firenze when I stumbled upon your IG account. I love seeing all your photos and makes me want to go back today and not the fall! Thank you for posting about visas, travel, etc. It seems things will be very very hectic those first 8 days!

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      GirlinFlorence 01.05.2014 at 18:30

      Ciao Aubrey! Thanks for stopping by, its always nice to hear from a fellow southerner :). The fall time of year is such a great time to ‘get your feet wet’ – don’t worry, lots to look forward too!

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    anna evans 01.05.2014 at 19:12

    Thanks Georgette, sound like that’s about right then!
    I hope this application works…
    Anna

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    What an amazing account of your adventures in Italy and Europe! I’m an expat in Switzerland (14 years–yikes!), and I’ve been looking for some other expat blogs to inspire mine and especially give me ideas for going places! Italy is definitely on my list–and your blog might have just pushed it to the top of that list. Thanks for all the fun stuff and pictures!

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    dg299 15.06.2014 at 19:40

    Ciao, Georgette!
    I’m so happy to have found this blog – I’m returning for a second visit to Florence, after a first 5-day quick trip, and I want to get to know the city a bit more intimately.

    As I wasn’t expecting this trip (long story), I’m not very well prepared – I don’t have a working knowledge of the language yet and I haven’t boned-up on the history of the city, which are things I generally like to do before I travel. But it’ll be an extended trip, so I’ll learn as I go.

    Your blog is a great introduction to the city, and I really appreciate the insider/expat tips. It will make my trip that much more enjoyable.

    Thanks again!
    David

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      GirlinFlorence 15.06.2014 at 22:30

      Ciao David!
      What a pleasure to read your comment, you made my Sunday that much better – thank you! Sounds like you are undergoing quite the unexpected adventure and I say roll with it! If you need any tips or anything, feel free to ask and I wish you the best of luck with hopefully plenty of wine and espresso along the way!

      Buona domenica,

      Georgette

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        dg299 24.06.2014 at 14:14

        Grazie, Georgette!

        I’m here for eight weeks, working on a research project and minding my friends’ villa and pets while they’re away. An unexpected, last-minute trip but a wonderful opportunity to explore a new city and country; as I’d mentioned, finding your blog has been a great boon.

        The people have been very nice so far – I will learn some basic Italian so that I can communicate better but I’m struggling for now. It’s very isolating not to be able to speak. Hopefully, that will drive me to learn quickly.

        I will look deeper into your blog but yes, I may ask you for tips. The trip will certainly be filled with wine & espresso, great food, music, and both natural and human-made beauty, which is in such great abundance here. Great things to feed my soul.

        Thanks again!
        David

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    RJ Brual 31.08.2014 at 18:43

    Hi, I read almost of your blog. found that you are explorer “traveler”. I currently looking for a traveler that can assist our customer from Asia’s in Europe in able to tour them across Europe.

    Let me know how can I talk to you, I from Prato we have company in the Philippines Travel and Tours Agency and I have my online ticketing here in Europe.

    Thanks. hope to hear you soon.

    RJ
    [email protected]

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    Patrick Logan 07.11.2014 at 20:33

    Hello Georgette,
    I’m a Texan hoping to become a Tuscan Texan soon or will die from Absence from Italy. I was there last year on vacation for a month and I fell in love with all things Italy. I have missed it so much. I would need to work and have healthcare all the essentials, HELP Me! Get started, Please. I read your article in Inernational Living.
    Thanks
    Patrick

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      GirlInFlorence 10.11.2014 at 10:50

      hello Patrick, buongiorno! It’s really nice to hear from a fellow ‘texano’. I would definitely look into getting a student visa for a year or so in an Italian town which allows you to work part-time (health care should be part of this, the school will help you navigate that part..) This allows you to see if this is what you really want, since dreaming about living in Italy and actually making the move can be quite different. I do wish you all the best of luck and keep me posted 🙂 Georgette

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    Alessandro 28.11.2014 at 10:22

    Hey, nice blog, I’m italian and i live in Florence, i was wondering if you had a couple of minutes to share some infos about blogging and maybe get a coffe together.
    I’m not intrested in your kind of blogging but i could use some knowledge.
    You can write back at my mail.
    Have a nice day.
    Alessandro.

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    Nikki 07.12.2014 at 20:43

    Ciao Georgette!

    Your blog is very refreshing! I enjoy reading it, also because it is honest! Thanks for sharing your experiences! 🙂
    I’m from the Netherlands and I studied Italian for some months in Florence last year… and I am so addicted to Tuscany now I can’t stay away! I’d like to return for at least a year coming spring and try to find a job as an English teacher, in tourism… or a job that has something to do with my history degree. I am terrified though when I hear about the economy in Italy! But I still have some months to think about it and read more of your blog 🙂
    Tanti saluti!
    Nikki

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      GirlInFlorence 08.12.2014 at 10:48

      Ciao Nikki, thank you so so much for your kind words. I’m guessing you liked Florence enough to consider coming back which is already a pretty amazing thing. It can be tough to find a good job here but if you speak a few languages and could possibly get a decent contract with a school and or/tourism company. You may have a shot. You should look into companies from the Netherlands that have an Italian site, as a start. Tanti saluti da Firenze!

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    Elizabeth 20.03.2015 at 16:03

    I’ve just stumbled across your site looking for inspiration, I’m in the midst of planning to run away to northern italy or southern france (from england) your site has been really helpful in considering the pitfalls! my partner has an ancient history degree and I work in interior design so we’re hoping there is something out there for us 🙂 love the blog!
    Lizzie

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      GirlInFlorence 22.03.2015 at 11:48

      Ciao Elizabeth, thank you so so much! It sounds like you are in for some pretty exciting times and I always say, if something doesn’t work out, you can always come home. You will never regret trying! I wish you the best of luck and keep me updated 🙂

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    Fay Gilbert 10.05.2015 at 21:45

    Dear Georgette

    I joined your blog when I was planning this trip to Florence. I have been in Florence for the past month attending a course at the British Institute. I have used your restaurant and activity suggestions constantly. Thank you very much you have been integral to a wonderful stay in florence

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      GirlInFlorence 11.05.2015 at 16:29

      Hello Fay! Thank you so so much for your kind comment, I really appreciate hearing that these posts help. It is very motivating for me and you guys inspire me to keep writing and updating the blog.

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    Dave 05.06.2015 at 15:38

    I can’t take my eyes off your beautiful face, wondering if you met a special man in Florence?
    I am confused on one thing: Is it Georgette or Sophia? You are ONE woman, correct? Dave

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    ALex 19.06.2015 at 18:43

    Hello Georgette,
    do you know how and where to find a job in Florence?
    ALex from Wimbledon.

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    Stacey 21.09.2015 at 7:00

    Hi Georgette! I’m so happy I found your blog! I just know I will read it in its entirety before Spring is here! I’m Canadian and I will be traveling to Florence in April 2016. I’ve been to a few European countries but I’ve always, always wanted to go to Italy and an amazing-too-good-to-pass-up flight deal came up so I just booked this morning! 🙂 The anticipation is going to drive me MAD! I’ve never booked a vaca this far in advance, lol. My question is, I’m traveling alone. I know I’ll be fine during the days with so much to see and do, but, how awkward will it be dining alone in the evenings?! I think that’s my only concern, ha. Will I stick out as the sad, lonely woman all alone in Tuscany? 🙁 If you have any tips, or an upcoming blog post, or maybe one you’ve already written that I just haven’t stumbled on yet, on how to make the best of a solo vacation in Florence do let me know! 😉

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      Stacey 25.09.2015 at 4:39

      OK, I am guessing you don’t reply any more to comments here… If you read this, thanks anyway. Your site is very informative!

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        GirlInFlorence 25.09.2015 at 11:11

        Hello Stacey, I didn’t see your comment before but thank you so much! I appreciate your support — especially because people do not comment that often in 2015 😉

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    Eric 22.11.2015 at 19:44

    Just wanted to say I love your blog. Preparing my trip to Florence (Jan ’16). Your comments are very helpful and bring already pre fun. Do you have any blogs as well about Brunches on Sunday? The only thing I couldn’t find yet 🙂 Please keep on doing the lovely work!

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    Erin 01.10.2016 at 18:20

    I just wanted to say the biggest thankyou for your blog in helping me settling in Florence.
    I moved here a month ago, knowing absolutely no Italian and sadly most people on my course are a lot younger so haven’t really found any friends/company.
    But your blog has been my rock and my source of where to visit, eat and drink!
    I work in wine and used to be a chef and I’ve lived through your blog
    Thankyou for making my first month in Florence pretty special – the food, wine and shops have been great company 🙂

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    Katherine Lenzi 04.03.2018 at 16:01

    Georgette–
    Hello from Virginia. I’m arriving in your lovely town on Easter Day (1 April). Your blog has been very helpful, thus far. I enjoyed “how to dress” and printed out portions of “where to eat”. Our travels only allow us a few days to see the area and would like some input regarding a few sites on our list: Pisa, Cinque Terre and James Madison University “Study Abroad” site on Via dei Michelozzo.

    So, if your willing to continue, here are my questions: 1) It is feasible to arrive in Florence at noon on Easter, check in to the hotel and jump on a train for a quick run to Pisa? 2) Would it be better to try and squeeze in both Pisa and Cinque together in one day (Monday, 2 April)? 3) The high school seniors I’m traveling with have committed to JMU and are considering the future study abroad program that offers a location in Florence. Do you know if this location is “open” to visitors?

    Many thanks in advance for all suggestions.

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    Judy 05.06.2018 at 23:27

    just returned to New Jersey from four magical weeks in Firenze! Rented a lovely apartment at Plaza del Carmine / San Frediano area.
    each restaurant was better than the next!

    but we especially loved http://www.davinciexperience.it/?lang=en This is tucked away in a small alley just off the Ponte Vecchio – it was beautiful. The music and the details of DaVinci’s work were exceptional. Not to be missed!

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    Tullio Bertoli 06.08.2018 at 21:09

    Georgette
    Would you recommend an English speaking Real Estate Broker that specializes in the Oltrarno section. My wife and I want to buy an apartment in the Oltrarno. To begin our search, we rented a 3 bedroom apt for Christmas and New Year on Piazza Santo Spirito during that time. My family (2 sons) is coming with us.
    Tullio from New York

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    Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!

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