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August Events in Florence, Italy

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I think we all want to wish July a pretty hefty inferno arrivederci. From what I have experienced myself, and from what I have seen on social media, it seems like we were all to be punished this month in a brutal heatwave that seems to have affected us all, and made everyone pretty cranky. I admit to spending my days living in vampire status at home, exiting for the occasional ice-coffee or an icy caffe shakerato at places like…

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One week in August – a photo diary


Another week in August in Florence. Yes it is blistering hot and humid and walking up the hill where this pretty above photo was taking in the middle of the day makes me want to slightly die at times. But as you can see,  the view is more than worth it. What have I been doing so far this month in a deserted “zombie apocalypse” like city? Always working, on the house hunt {that deserves a few posts for themselves},…

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Georgette’s guide to surviving Florence this August


So you are here this August in Florence, Italy. Part of me wonders why, if after all you presumably did some research and discovered that most Italians {less though this year} escape for some or all of the month of August to various seaside locations, to the mountains, or abroad. What is left is plenty of parking in the center and loads of tourists sporting every kind of hat imaginable to man, child and baby… perhaps even dogs.  Or you…

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Why you should visit the Basque Country (coast – part three)


A trip to the Côte Basque would not be complete without a visit to the beautiful port city of Saint Jean de Luz, named after St. John the Baptist and just a few kilometers from Spain. It’s wealth stems from its port and its past, with the town being associated with either fishing or from the capture of vessels by its own Basque corsaires, or pirates. We had heard that this was a gem not to be missed so we spent a…

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Why you should visit the magical castle of Carcassonne


Carcassonne in my eyes, is the real-life version of a fairy-tale – according to wikipedia: Carcassonne is a fortified French town in the Aude department, of which it is the prefecture, in the former province of Languedoc. It is divided into the fortified Cité de Carcassonne Carcassone was founded by the Visigoths in the fifth century, though the Romans had fortified the settlement earlier. The fortress, which was thoroughly restored in 1853 by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, was added to…

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Why you should visit Toulouse (south-west France)


What has beautiful red-brick architecture, a hip-vibe and is the 4th largest city in France after Paris, Marseille and Lyon? We left Saint Cyprien early one morning and drove two and a half hours to the city of Toulouse for a day of sight-seeing and to meet our friend’s sister and family for dinner. Toulouse itself is known as a center of aviation and spaceflight in the past 20 years – also the home of the famous Airbus. Our choice of visiting…

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