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What Cassoulet Taught Me About Family

A rather ambiguous title I admit — but I really couldn’t imagine a better starting to what I hope is an interesting post about a connection I never really knew existed in Italy. It all stems from the depths of a terra-cotta pot used to cook a hearty dish consisting of a base of white beans, pork skin and duck susafe — sprinkled generously with pepper. It has been made famous from its birthplace in the south-west of France, specially…

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August 2018 Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Dear Summer,       You’ve been good to us so far, and for that I am thankful. After last year’s lucifer heatwave, we who live in Florence have had the audacity to let’s say… complain less, or at least less about the weather, and maybe the tram because one is now in use..but speaking of trams what about the other… oh never mind. Anyway, this week you decided to up your game with 36-38 degree weather (that’s around 100 in farenheight)…

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American in Italy, art, curious florence, events, expat, italy, life, tips, travel, tuscany

What to Do in July 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Summer, you’ve finally arrived. The first day of July rolled in the same day as a heatwave in Florence, no-one is complaining because we all remember the “summer of lucifer” (last year) and it’s July after all. I ended this June on admittedly a stressful note, too many projects and fires at work to put out combined with that email from my commercialista with the first tax-bill for 2018 (trust me, being a freelancer here is not fun)… To battle my dumpy mood…

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A Tuscan Weekend Escape Near Montepulciano

“Are we in Val d’Orcia or Crete Senesi?” I asked. “Nether” Fabio replied. “Instead we are located in an area between the two.” A place without a name but of one that dubbed “the bermuda triangle paradise” within Tuscany’s most suggestive landscapes. And paradise it was. Imagine an ancient stone farmhouse nestled in a plot of well-curated land next to a pond brimming with frogs with sweeping views of at least two hilltop Tuscan towns. The only sounds the crowing of the…

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What to Do in June 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

I admit my tardiness in getting this personal list of interesting June events around Florence, but I have a good excuse. Life has gotten in the way, work has doubled and coincidentally the blog getting a bit less love but that won’t last long. However despite the fact that June has bull-dozed its way into existence, I am cool with that. The weather is beautiful, so much better than last year at the same time, we have yet to resume our “two-a-days” (not…

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Locals I Love: Talking With Michelle Davis

Lucky for me (and for you), there are people far more cooler than I can harass into doing an interview for this blog. Especially because next week there is a special event in Florence at the soon-to-be-inaugurated The Student Hotel that brings together 100 speakers from around the city in the casual ambiance of a bedroom, me included, these free-form chats will be open to the public (more explained below). Born on August 14 1987, Michelle Davis is one of…

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