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December Events in Florence, Italy

Oh hello there December, you cold beautiful soul. A month so full of events in Florence and the emptying of plenty wallets as people complete their holiday shopping. Because of the slow arrival of any semblance of winter, I still can’t find important things such as my gloves, warmer shoes and endless pairs of socks. Seriously who is stealing all of our fuzzy socks and leaving us with a sad, holy (literally holy) reminder of the ghosts of sock’s past.…

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10 Holiday Fails From Around The World

Let’s face it – the holiday season seems slightly doomed the second there erupts a fierce battle over the last waffle maker at Walmart during black Friday after Thanksgiving. And despite our attempts at making Christmas seem squeaky clean, Santa or ‘babbo natale’ as we know in Italy doesn’t always ‘get it right’. In fact when I saw the photo above – it reminded me of all of the awkward family photos we took in Texas often involving the jovial…

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9 Quality Gift Ideas From Tuscany

The holidays are upon us and if you are anything like me, you probably hate shopping. Today is Thanksgiving and I put off shopping for today’s meal until the very last minute, as you do! The real reason I hate buying things (at least back in the USA) is the crowds, the pumpkincraptaskness of sugary lattes that I get and that make my stomach hurt when I’m back in Texas, and well spending my money on things that I am…

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Saint Lucia: The Girl Who Shines the Brightest

While first doing my research for our trip to Finland, I had no idea that we were going the weekend of St. Lucia. Every country celebrates their own holidays and this special day is a ‘festival of lights’ in Northern Europe typically celebrated in Sweden, Norway and Finland on December 13th. Always up for any sort of sort of celebration, I was excited to find out that we would be celebrating this parade with the rest of Helsinki in the…

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8 Great Holiday Gifts for Globetrotters

While some people get their holiday shopping done well in advance, I have an aunt in Texas who had half of her’s done in March, some of us wait until the last-minute to get gifts (woops)! Perhaps out of stress, or procrastination – it can be hard to find unique items that would ‘wow’ friends and family. Everything is as easy as an Amazon ‘1 click’ buy button. Between 2014, I have traveled a lot, thanks to work and a…

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December Events in Florence, Italy

It’s finally December and although you may not feel the ‘chill’ outside, I’m sure you are going ga-ga over the Christmas lights. As always this a month full of fun things to do, visit, experience in the best city on earth, Florence Italy. Yes they paid me to say that (kidding). To me, it is always a bit of a magical time of year not really because of Christmas, but more because the city feels full of locals doing their…

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