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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 guide to romantic Lisbon, Portugal


Truth be told, I have been obsessed with Lisbon ever since we got back from our #winteroadtrip from the south of France to Portugal this past December. Five days of living it up with my partner in crime and I really think we got the most of our vacation, it was non-stop walking, eating, drinking and experiencing. This city is full of all sorts of interesting corners and neighborhoods, a place where your first impression is drastically different from your last. The…

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One night at the Four Seasons

When I started planning our road trip from the south-west of France to Lisbon, Portugal – I really wanted to stay in a variety of places in order to get a well-rounded view about the types of accomodation available in the city. We started at a place in hip area in Bairro Alto for two nights and the third we spent at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz. Like any girl who is more accusomted to a Double Tree hotel than…

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Eating your way through Lisbon

  “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” ― Orson Welles I theorize that Mr. Welles was rather onto something. I know I talk a lot about food on this blog but living in Italy has catapulted my respect for the l’arte di mangiar bene [art of eating well – something that even sounds better in Italian, doesn’t it?] and life for this Tuscan Texan is almost reminiscent an endless mission of great meals…

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First impressions of Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon – the city of seven hills, though I am pretty sure there are more than seven – at least my glutes claim that to be so, is an European city worthy of an extended visit. In fact, CNN just wrote this article about why it could just be Europe’s coolest city!  The whole point of our #winteroadtrip from the south of France to Portugal was to spend New Years in this city by the sea and that we did. Of…

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