Locals I Love – Corinna ‘Coco’ Matthes
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Locals I Love – Corinna ‘Coco’ Matthes

Locals I Love is back, this time I interviewed someone I personally know very well who has recently taken the plunge to move her whole life to Florence, Italy from Berlin, German. Have you ever met one of those souls who are just amazing and almost divinely meant to be in your life? Coco is … Continue reading

Osteria de L’Ortolano – foodie spot near the Accademia Gallery
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Osteria de L’Ortolano – foodie spot near the Accademia Gallery

While I can be the ‘queen’ of restaurant recommendations by zone in Florence, Italy – the one area that I have always been a little ‘eh’ about was around Piazza San Marco and the Galleria della Accademia. I received an invite recently to check out a small deli on via degli alfani in this area which … Continue reading

Locals I Love – Diana Simon
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Locals I Love – Diana Simon

Back again with another fun edition of ‘locals I love’ this time speaking to someone I really love to read on the blog-o-sphere (and twitter) who is on top of her game when it comes to sharing tips and news all about Italy (and especially Rome). Diana manages the social media for an Italian tour … Continue reading

Where is home, anyway?
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Where is home, anyway?

I think the question of ‘home’ is one of the hardest concepts for any long-term expat. This is a subject I have talked about before, but since its something that I personally think about a lot, especially when I make my annual visit to the states to visit family & friends, why not talk about … Continue reading

April events in Florence, Italy
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April events in Florence, Italy

While I may at this exact moment be sitting on my mom’s plush beige couch in San Antonio,Texas, Florence is never far from my mind. Especially this month of April which surely will be an exciting month for us all with Easter and more vacation coming up {because we can never have enough, right?}. The … Continue reading

Locals I Love – Valentina Dainelli
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Locals I Love – Valentina Dainelli

This week we are back with yet another local I love [I know a lot of people right? ;-)] and this time we are picking the brain of  ‘TooMuchTuscanys’ Valentina Dainelli. I met Valentina during several blog tours, heck we even shared a room together. It would be hard to meet a nicer, kinder, more open-minded … Continue reading

A weekend all about TASTE in Florence
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A weekend all about TASTE in Florence

Imagine sipping wine out of a steel cup, watching tempura being made in the back of an old workshop located in the hills above Florence. Or walking up flight and flight of stairs, around corners and hallways until you think someone has played a joke on you and then finally as soon as you almost … Continue reading

Locals I Love – Costanza Giovannini
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Locals I Love – Costanza Giovannini

This week’s local I love is Costanza, a girl who works too much and shares my love of moscow mules. Witty, almost too organized, she is just one of those people who ‘gets it.’ We met a few times but more recently we embarked on a blog tour adventure together to promote the thermal springs … Continue reading

Riding in Tuscany – bike tour with ibikeitaly
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Riding in Tuscany – bike tour with ibikeitaly

Jumping for joy for a gorgeous spring day escaping from the city is absolutely something worth getting excited about, even if I really can’t jump. People who are almost 5’10” really shouldn’t if I’m honest – falling means a lot further than that of someone who is 5’5” {that’s what I tell myself..}. Silliness aside, … Continue reading

How to survive your next permesso di soggiorno renewal in Florence
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How to survive your next permesso di soggiorno renewal in Florence

[Disclaimer- These pigeons did not need a permesso di soggiorno to enjoy this view of Florence] This is you – a dreamer who wanted to leave corporate America, UK, Australia [insert said country here] for a simple life in Italy. A life of picking fresh veggies at the market, leisurely chatting over a cappuccino to … Continue reading