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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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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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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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3 Favorite Spring Destinations Outside Of Florence

As always, the best inspiration I get for posts is from you guys, my faithful readers. You send me emails or facebook messages, which I always read, even if I can be a little late getting back to you on certain questions. Lately, it’s been all about Easter and ideas for day trips in Tuscany. Sadly, but not surprisingly, I never hear about any Easter events earlier than perhaps a week or two before but I will add them here.…

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Exploring A Different Side Of Phuket

When one imagines visiting Thailand, they envision the clear blue waters depicted in movies like ‘The Beach’ or ‘James Bond’, which the country has been capitalizing for a long time now on tourists. Phuket however, has a bit of a sketchy reputation, not totally unlike what I had heard when we visited the Greek island of Corfu. ‘Oh yeah that’s where people go to party.’ But there has to be more than that, right? However, since any decent honeymoon should probably…

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