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A Photographer’s Guide to Capturing and Falling in Love with Florence

My story of falling in love with Italy My love affair with Italy first began when I hopped off a tour bus in Rome nearly 20 years ago. I was enthralled and have remained so ever since, coming back again and again, seduced by the culture, energy and beauty of the country.  At first I returned only for short visits at a time until I could no longer resist the increasing lure to stay. I would take a month or…

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48 Hours In Riva del Garda, Trentino’s Delicious Paradise

One of our favorite weekend destinations of 2017 also happened to be one that most people I know hadn’t even heard of. Lake Garda of course is very well-known, its existence on this planet first took place 1.5 million years ago formed as a glacier off the side of a mountain, later a former stronghold of the Roman empire, followed by to its villages battled by the passionate Lombard people, Franks, Spaniards and Austrians.  Riva del Garda is in the very northernness part…

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

This month has predictably started in a less than pleasant way. Here I was thrilled to have passed a winter without getting sick, ready to ride out the good fortune until Spring and yes, that’s where it went all downhill. Note to self, never think you are invincible or gloat in the fact that the influenza, in all of its nasty, evil forms, hasn’t hit you yet. Because you aren’t. My tragic version was the all-dreaded stomach flu turned regular…

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The Vespa Trip: Embark On Your Own Italian Road-trip on Two Wheels!

Life is one hell of a ride I’ve often coveted dreams of owning the Vespa you see in my logo. Just two-wheels and a dusty road in Tuscany, that’s where you’d find me. Or rather wobbling my way on one flat tire as soon as I turn the bend, my hair a mess, a pair of sunglasses broken, that’s the more realistic scenario with my perpetually clumsy self. In any case, I abandoned the dream of owning one long ago…

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

Buon anno nuovo. If you live in Italy you’ve probably said this, or a simple “auguri”, a million times now that it’s been 2018 for 8 days. I’ve only been back since Friday from our whirlwind trip to visit my family back in Texas with a stop in California and I’m already back into my daily rituals of espresso drinking and conserving my boiler use and of course, plenty of puppy cuddles. The jet-lag however has remained. This year on…

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A New Year, Surprising Revelations, and a Question for You

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. Guys, Happy New Year!  I’ve avoided posting any sort of inspirational “how I’m going to be better in 2018 and do a,b,c,d..” because I don’t want to set myself up for failure (low expectations ya’ll!). I’m joking of course, but honestly if I fall prey to any mantra this year it will be something I show you and don’t tell you, because…

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