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A Wonderful 24 Hours In Rennes, France

There is something about the country of France that I can’t seem to shake; while Italy is home, the good and the bad, over time we find ourselves crossing the border to France I have this overall calm, it’s quite hard to explain. On one occasion of a friend’s weeding last year, Nico and I rented a Fiat 500 from the Paris Beauveau airport (not my favorite) and set off for a week of eating and drinking our way through Normandy and Brittany.…

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How (Not) To Learn Another Language As An Adult

A while back I was reading somewhere online (ok Forbes) that Less than 20 percent of American adults speak a language other than English. It piqued my interest because as a second language speaker in Italy I thought what about Europe? In The Guardian apparently just over half of Europeans (54%) are able to hold a conversation in at least one additional language, which is pretty impressive considering so many university and high school classes in Italy focalize on a more  theory-based curriculum. It got…

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Behind the Lens: My Year Of Travel On Instagram

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”― Gustave Flaubert This influential French novelist who wrote the great Madame Bovary has a point. The more I see the world, I feel infinitely more humbled. Just walking through the Sunday walking market in Chiang Mai, it is as easy to get lost in the hundreds of people as it is to order a fresh coconut. Way too easy. And the more I hear ignorant…

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10 Holiday Fails From Around The World

Let’s face it – the holiday season seems slightly doomed the second there erupts a fierce battle over the last waffle maker at Walmart during black Friday after Thanksgiving. And despite our attempts at making Christmas seem squeaky clean, Santa or ‘babbo natale’ as we know in Italy doesn’t always ‘get it right’. In fact when I saw the photo above – it reminded me of all of the awkward family photos we took in Texas often involving the jovial…

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A Weekend In Provence: A Photo Diary

The air in Provence, is just a little cleaner, once you get there. As we drove through the 100 tunnels (or more) between Genoa and Nice, me gripping the sides of the seat as Nico confidently swerved with an air of a Frenchman who has become an Italian driver. We arrived safe and sound, after I said ‘can you drive a little slower’ about twenty times, probably a guy’s worst nightmare, seated next to a self-admitted backseat driver. Our first…

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An Unworldly Place on Planet Earth, Visiting Baie de Somme

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Last year Nico and I visited the Northern town of Lille for one of his close friend’s wedding and had an incredible time. It surprised me just how much we loved the colorful town, people, food and windy, romantic streets. To make this weekend a little more special, we decided to make the trip a long holiday and visit a relaxing holiday town, the area around Baie de Somme, in the Picardy region. Home to one of the most beautiful bays…

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