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24 hours, culture, Czechia, day trip, food, restaurant, road trip, shopping, tips, travel

The Czechia Town Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale: Český Krumlov

You almost can’t believe that this town was the backdrop for one of the cheesiest horror movies of my youth. But it is. Think back to 2005. It was one of the most important years of my life, I had just got done teaching English to middle school students in a southern city in China, about to embark on a year’s study abroad adventure in Florence. It was before I had a Facebook account, when people still sent long personal emails and…

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36 hours, American in Italy, fashion, food, italy, life, opinion, restaurant, shopping, tips, travel

Two Nights In Monti, Rome’s Perfect Central Neighborhood

On my many return trips to Rome, I’ve been on the hunt to discover it neighborhood and neighborhood. It’s vast size requires that you have somewhat of a plan, the blisters on the bottom of my feet and well-worn boot heels are physical war-wounds from past trips where I would just “walk aimlessly” from A to B. Sounds like the plot to “Roman Holiday” but only if your idea of a vacation comes with multiple trips to the Pharmacy and…

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72 hours, culture, food, restaurant, shopping, tips, tours, travel, uncategorised, Uncategorized

72 Fabulous Hours in Marrakesh

Ah yes, Marrakesh. Leave the shiny airport and soon you’ll be speeding past pretty tree-lined boulevards home to fancy luxury resorts, the large walls hiding what I can only imagine to be their own particular paradise. Itching ever close to the Medina, your hotel driver perhaps drops you off a few meters from your riad, and thus begins what I liken to an assault on every one of your senses. The noise, the people, the donkeys, the scooters whizzing endlessly…

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ask an expat, culture, expat, fashion, interview, interviews, italy, life, locals i love, made in Italy, shopping, tips, travel, tuscany, uncategorised, Uncategorized, working in italy

Locals I Love: Clara Soto

  First off, Happy ‘Festa della Repubblica’! It’s an important national holiday in Italy celebrating the birth of the republic and this week I’m absolutely thrilled to share this wonderful interview with a local designer who I have been so eager to share for some time. Clara originally hails from the country of Ecuador in South America but refers to herself more as a ‘child of the world.’ I knew I was going to like this girl  We originally met…

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American in Italy, ask an expat, culture, expat, fashion, interview, interviews, italy, life, locals i love, made in Italy, opinion, shopping, tips, tuscany, uncategorised, Uncategorized, working in italy

Locals I Love: Jennifer Diederich

Sometimes you meet people that you instantly take too, like that perfect first sip of a warm cappuccino. Some people are just meant to be friends. That’s a bit how I feel about Jennifer. Talented designer, extraordinary host (trust me on this!) and an all around awesome person for so many reasons, I just wish I could hang out with her more. She appeared on the American reality show about fashion Project Runway and makes the most beautiful, fun flirty…

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Locals I Love: Meet Margherita Pandolfini

This week I am really excited to showcase you a local I love with her heart in two countries. I met Margherita Pandolfini over a year ago through the folks at CPIF Italy, though we recently connected to set up an event together. Her enthusiasm brimmed over as we sipped coffee at concept bar La Ménagére, her dog Gilda curled by her side. Naturally I had to have her as a ‘locals I love’ as she is an epitome of…

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