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Curious Florence: Palazzo Vecchio and the Private Lives of Cosimo I and Eleonora

When it comes to tours and art and things you can learn here in Florence, what is personally most fascinating to me are the lives of those who came before. More so, the backstory of an artist, an apprentice, a lover, a powerful family dynasty, that to me is far more interesting than solely gazing at the beauty of all that Florence has to offer. I gobble up historical fiction as quickly as an al pastor taco disappears upon any visit…

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Love and Los Angeles – Finding Joy in a Misunderstood City

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It all started with a birthday surprise. Nico and I were nestled in a restaurant overlooking the island of Sveti Stefan in the country that a certain US president called “aggressive”. It must have been a few off days, but the country of Montenegro remained as chill and pleasant as a summer could. An array of strictly stunning panoramas, sleepy towns and stunning coastline stretching out for miles on end. Paradise in the Balkans and this was last summer’s trip along…

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5 Tips for Making the Most Out of One Day in Florence

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The tickets have been book, your hotel or short-term apartment has been secured, now the hard part comes.. how best to fill your time in Florence? You have no shortage of choices in this Renaissance city the only thing that matters is how to filter in what you actually want to do. This city really does have a lot to offer and not just the usual “see the David, take a photo of the sunset and Ponte Vecchio” kind of…

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Visiting Florence this January? Here’s What to Do, My Personal Suggestions

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2019, here you are again, you sly dog.  This post is predictably late after an 11 hour road trip from Nico’s hometown in the southwest of France to our tiny, yet very busy corner of Florence, Italy. My house is freezing, I have nothing in the fridge except some tahini and old butter and the last thing I want to do is a load of laundry and get back to work. Luckily Ginger the beagle is providing much needed warmth…

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What to Do This December in Florence, Personal Suggestions for a Great Month

December, as you might expect, is chock full of exciting markets, festive cheer, ornate light setups and interesting events (here’s a list for all over Italy). This is why we love it. The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the city are quite busy ones for locals looking to stock up on gifts while also celebrating the year with treasured friends and colleagues. I particularly enjoy being here at this time as the streets are sweetly softened…

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How to Visit the Island of Capri During Low Season

This is a special guest post by my friend Holly Star who together with her husband’s family, run Michel’Angelo Ristorante in Capri, both of them are incredible people who have most definitely opened my eyes on just how dynamic this island in the glittering bay of Naples can be.  A little background – How did an Australian end up living on the island of Capri? In April 2013, I set off from Australia traveling solo for a 6 week Italian…

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