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What to Do in February 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

This month has predictably started in a less than pleasant way. Here I was thrilled to have passed a winter without getting sick, ready to ride out the good fortune until Spring and yes, that’s where it went all downhill. Note to self, never think you are invincible or gloat in the fact that the influenza, in all of its nasty, evil forms, hasn’t hit you yet. Because you aren’t. My tragic version was the all-dreaded stomach flu turned regular…

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The Vespa Trip: Embark On Your Own Italian Road-trip on Two Wheels!

Life is one hell of a ride I’ve often coveted dreams of owning the Vespa you see in my logo. Just two-wheels and a dusty road in Tuscany, that’s where you’d find me. Or rather wobbling my way on one flat tire as soon as I turn the bend, my hair a mess, a pair of sunglasses broken, that’s the more realistic scenario with my perpetually clumsy self. In any case, I abandoned the dream of owning one long ago…

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A Unique Way to Get Out of Florence: An E-Bike Adventure

It was a rainy Sunday and anyone sane would have taken one look at the forecast and decided to stay in with a bubbling soup and a good book, it was not a day for outdoor activities. I’m not one of those people.  The mere existence of precipitation in Florence is almost always used as a viable excuse to cancel plans and in Italy you can see a pretty good reflection of that in the chaos that can sometimes ensue…

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What to Do in January 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Buon anno nuovo. If you live in Italy you’ve probably said this, or a simple “auguri”, a million times now that it’s been 2018 for 8 days. I’ve only been back since Friday from our whirlwind trip to visit my family back in Texas with a stop in California and I’m already back into my daily rituals of espresso drinking and conserving my boiler use and of course, plenty of puppy cuddles. The jet-lag however has remained. This year on…

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A New Year, Surprising Revelations, and a Question for You

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. Guys, Happy New Year!  I’ve avoided posting any sort of inspirational “how I’m going to be better in 2018 and do a,b,c,d..” because I don’t want to set myself up for failure (low expectations ya’ll!). I’m joking of course, but honestly if I fall prey to any mantra this year it will be something I show you and don’t tell you, because…

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The Church That Faces the Arno: San Frediano in Cestello

It’s a cold, cold crisp morning. The kind where you can see your breath and the kind that makes you wish you owned thicker socks. I am cursing myself silently for not properly thinking as I rushed to get dressed that morning. Just a thin jacket, vintage which means the sleeves are too short. A shirt, skirt, and tights that probably will ruin by the day’s end from the excited claws of an overexcited beagle. My scarf is wrapped tightly…

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