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A Unique Way to Get Out of Florence: An E-Bike Adventure

It was a rainy Sunday and anyone sane would have taken one look at the forecast and decided to stay in with a bubbling soup and a good book, it was not a day for outdoor activities. I’m not one of those people.  The mere existence of precipitation in Florence is almost always used as a viable excuse to cancel plans and in Italy you can see a pretty good reflection of that in the chaos that can sometimes ensue…

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Talking to Torre DeRoche: Author of The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World

When it comes to people that inspire in this world, what matters most to me are the people that aren’t afraid to be vulnerable. With the amount of content out there on blogs, Instagram and various social media channels, all showcasing a perfect, filtered life, it can be hard to figure out what’s real. Especially in the realm of travel. Not everything is/should be a flowing maxi dress, a girl clutching a straw hat hyper focused while a beautiful background…

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American in Italy, culture, lazio, tips, travel

Lazio’s Most Enchanting Green Space: The Garden of Ninfa

Imagine the most magnificent gardens you’ve probably ever seen, a place lush with overgrowth, jasmine and roses snaking their way over the crumbled ruins of a medieval city in Lazio’s Cisterna di Latina, 40 minutes south of Rome.   Ninfa is a sublime former village turned garden (105 hectares) in a place where time seems to have stopped.  Its name, dedicated to the Naiad Nymphs goddesses of spring water, can be spotted in the garden in an ancient temple which lend to its…

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

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables How I adore that quote from a book I fell in love with as a child, a book for everyone despite being published in 1908 that made me wish that I too was living a new life in the mythical place of Avonlea. Back to October in Florence – it is indeed, a lovely time to be here and I am all smiles…

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36 hours, art, artisans, culture, food, italy, life, milan, tips, travel, uncategorised, Uncategorized

11 Interesting Places to Visit When in Milan

Why 11 places to visit in Milan? Well, Like many stubborn people who have their ideas set in stone about a place, the capital city of Lombardy was definitely a place that for many years I wrote off as solely Italy’s business and fashion hub. A little flash, trendy, however, not enough of the Italy charm that I’ve fallen in love with elsewhere. Essentially, a great place to find work, a working bus, and go for fancy sushi, not my…

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24 hours, day trip, france, opinion, road trip, tips, travel, uncategorised

Île-de-Bréhat: A Blissful Getaway Off the Coast of Brittany

Looking for that ideal cosmopolitan city with boundless energy and an exciting nightlife to rival the best clubs of Parisian nightlife? Well, the Île-de-Brèhat is anything but that. In fact, it’s a place that couldn’t possibly be more different than France’s most visited city. Here you’re far more likely to run into a precocious crab scampering up the shoreline during low tide than you are an actual person. This place my friends, is an entirely different kind of paradise. In…

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