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Women Artists and the 1966 Flood of Florence

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While I type, sun slowly filters in my bedroom window. I can see the red terra-cotta tiles of our neighboring palazzi shine in a way that only happens in late October. A slight chill in the air, but still pleasant enough to keep the windows open. It’s really my favorite season in town, and sooner than you know it November will be here. Coming up just next week marks an important event in local history. The 50th anniversary of the…

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Three Unique Ways To Discover Prague For The First Time

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Pretty much everyone I personally know who has been to Prague has told me of a city that seems straight out of a postcard. Cobble-stoned streets (that kill your feet), interesting architecture and a vast, somewhat complicated, past. It’s also wildly known as a backpacker mecca, a bit how Chiang Mai is a blogger mecca, the low prices attractive a euro-trip cheap type of adventure.   Honestly I almost avoided going because of that. I didn’t really wanting to be…

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A Charitable Past in Florence: Museo degli Innocenti

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Six generations of interrupted charitable work in Italy’s most popular Renaissance city, bear witness to another side of Florence by visiting the Museo degli Innocenti or Istituto degli Innocenti.   The first orphanage in the world.   While the official inauguration of the most recent 12.8 million euro renovations funded by the Tuscan region and the institution over a period of three years happened this past June, I only got around to visiting more recently. And what a tremendous joy…

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September 2016 Events in Florence, Italy

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September always remains one of my truly favorite months. It represents Italy’s rich harvest period, a time of abundance or the hope of one during a country’s rich agricultural past. The cities swell with returning Italians, bronzed and relaxed after a week or three on the seaside. Kids ready for school, the buses filling up again. There’s a poignant energy that comes with the arrival of this month and to complete the pretty picture, you can bet your bottom dollar…

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Il Borro: A Medieval Borgo Reinvented As A Luxury Tuscan Resort

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    A Medieval Castle Turned Borgo Along An Ancient Roman Passageway   When it comes to luxury hotels in Tuscany, or rather anywhere in Italy, the consumer is spoilt for choice. However what makes Il Borro something special lies in its 1,000 year-old past, the exact origins dating back to 1039. It was said to have been along an old Etruscan road and later a Roman one (clodia and the cassia), the area itself a political stronghold, becoming a battleground…

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Staying In A 13th Century Monastery in Prague

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There are hotels, then there are incredible places to stay, brimming with history through its sturdy stone walls. A place that tugs at the most curious strings of your soul, wondering “who else passed through these hallways.” The Augustine Hotel is exactly that, a monastery and luxury hotel blended together and nestled comfortably in the beautiful red-tiled Mala Strana district of Prague.   For first-timers to the city like us, the location was absolutely ideal. An easy 8 minute walk from Charles Bridge,…

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