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24 Hours Of Eating Our Way Through Parma

If there ever was a reason to wear jeggings, it would be Parma. Nestled in the illustrious ‘food valley’ of Italy, Parma is understated elegance at its poignant best in the Po Valley, an area that has been inhabited since the Bronze age. While we are anything but experts after a quick 24 hour jaunt, I can honestly say that I was so delighted to have come. Not only for the food but also as a respite along the quiet, tree-lined…

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Tuscany Beyond The Obvious, Four Fun Ideas

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Give a girl the keys to a vintage Fiat 500, and let me tell you, she can go anywhere. Or in my case, I just handed them over to my copilot-for-life Nico as I took a ton of photos. I might be considered that crazy person who constantly photographs the same things, but I could care less. The Tuscan countryside whispers to the soul, and I make no apologies for my constant puppy love in the presence of its beauty. You…

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Celje – A Cultural Gem In The Heart Of Slovenia

Cover photo credit: Celje.info.  Lepa beseda lepo mesto najde. “A nice word finds a nice place” in other words — politeness costs little and yields much, another reason I find Slovenia and Slovenians to be quite remarkable. Plus their proverbs seem all together, extremely spot on. It’s a country that has it all, wild rivers, superb wine, jaw-dropping castles and huge lakes. One of my personal favorite places in this young country that surprises, remains the cultural hideaway of Celje (pronounced tselyeh),…

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Assisi: Exploring One Of Umbria’s Crown Jewels

In a town with only one bar hopping with about five locals on a Saturday night, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this Umbrian town 90 miles north of Rome. Assisi, or best well-known as the birthplace of St. Francis and a bunch of saints, was well on this girl’s radar as part of my get-the-hell-out-of-Tuscany sometimes plan this year in a bid to discover more of our neighboring regions, and hell if Henry James was enamored with…

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A Guide To The Best Gardens In Florence, Italy

It’s a wonder how green places can be spiritual medicine for the soul. The smell of fresh cut grass was the only thing that made the cumbersome task of ‘mowing our lawn’ in the middle of a Texas summer just about bearable. This is not me trying to sound clever here, just check out this article according to the NyTimes “German researchers found that just glancing at shades of green can boost creativity and motivation. It’s not hard to guess…

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3 Favorite Spring Destinations Outside Of Florence

As always, the best inspiration I get for posts is from you guys, my faithful readers. You send me emails or facebook messages, which I always read, even if I can be a little late getting back to you on certain questions. Lately, it’s been all about Easter and ideas for day trips in Tuscany. Sadly, but not surprisingly, I never hear about any Easter events earlier than perhaps a week or two before but I will add them here.…

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