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11 Italian Words, Phrases and Expressions That I am Thankful For

Just like that, it’s already Thanksgiving. I am currently in our living room, snuggled up with a cozy blanket, sipping a cappuccino and pretending like this isn’t a normal work day in Italy when it in all actuality it is—and yes, I still have to work. Truth be told, I have lost the desire to celebrate most American holidays since moving to Italy ten years ago — but Thanksgiving has always felt like something sacred. If you ignore Black Friday,…

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American in Italy, books, curious florence, independent bookshops, interview, interviews, italy, life, tuscany

Interview With a Bookshop: Todo Modo in Florence

I have been more than pleasantly surprised about how many people like the new series on the blog celebrating independent bookshops in Florence. For my first edition, I interviewed Libreria Clichy and now instead have crossed Ponte Carraia to head down a little street called Via dei Fossi. A place more known for its antiques and proximity to Santa Maria Novella than anything else. It also happens to be home to a place I love, 180 square meters of an independent…

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American in Italy, bologna, events, italy, tips, tuscany

November Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Fear not November’s challenge bold— We’ve books and friends, And hearths that never can grow cold: These make amends! ~Alexander L. Fraser (1870–1954), “November,” c.1918 What would a year be without a November? Typically reviled and scorned as a depressing month with short, dark days and plenty of rain, I see it a little different. It’s a month where I typically dive into cooking warm, comforting meals and rearrange my wardrobe (boring but necessary). It’s the month of our wedding…

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Helping a Great Artist’s Legacy Stay Alive: In the Name Of Michelangelo

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Toward the end of Michelangelo’s life, he really didn’t like Florence.  Michelangelo was the second of five sons and born in 1475 to a fame-obsessed father. As a teenager, he became the talented young apprentice of the Florentine painter, Domenico Ghirlandaio who famously said ‘This fellow knows more about art than I do’ about the young artist during the works of the chapel of Santa Maria Novella…

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Locals I Love: Katja Meier

This week’s local I love is an extraordinary person who lives in what I think is an instagram dreamworld (her terrace) but Katja is anything but a vapid social media personality. She is a former actress turned writer, altruistic soul, olive picker—and now author of her first book “Across The Big Blue Sea” that highlights her time working in an Italian refugee home that I highlighted earlier this year in a “what to read” roundup on the blog. We’ve met…

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The Man Protecting Tuscany’s Sea: Paolo Fanciulli

Before I went to a dinner recently at Molo Sedici in Castiglione della Pescaia, I had no idea that Tuscany’s marine life in Maremma was in such dire risk. In my inbox came an invite to dinner themed around a talk by Paolo Fanciulli, a passionate fisherman from Maremma who started a wonderful campaign ‘La Casa dei Pesci’ again the illegal act of trawling the seafloor with heavy nets, devastating the benthic flora and fauna that exists down below. Especially the…

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