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Hiking in the hills above Sorgane in Florence

tuscany hills

Whenever I really need time to think, and lately I have really needed time alone for a bit of self-reflection, I hop outside and climb up this hill beside my house. I happen to live close to Viale Europe and Bagno a Ripoli which is a 25 minute commute from the center by bus, sometimes less depending on that attitude of the bus driver. They tend to get very ‘formula one’ once they near the capolinea [last stop] and I sometimes…

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My secret Sunday escape in Tuscany

monte giovi

This Sunday we were treated to a nice change of pace from almost constant rain every weekend this January. I made tman promise me that we would peer pressure his parents to take us to Acone – a small town near Rufina that I have mentioned previously. We like to tell people we go just because its perfect for hiking but lets keep it real – we mainly go because of this awesome little restaurant {the only one in town}…

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5 tips to cure seasonal depression in Florence


Lets be honest for a moment here, no matter what anyone says, to put it quite simply January can kinda suck. I say that with the nicest of intentions but really after the initial “The new year just started! how awesome!” not much time passes until you hit mid-month and reality sets in, normally at the same time when the rains (or snow) starts and darkness falls around 5pm — just like the moods of many. Just because you happen to live…

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In Florence this August? Some “cool” suggestions


  As I sit upon my used Ektorp Ikea couch while one sad half-broken fan is struggling to keep me cool while I type, I implore you and myself to remember that August isn’t so bad.  We had the Olympics to go crazy about – in fact I just discovered this week the hilarious/bewildering sport  that is race-walking and wow, those hip movements would make Shakira wince! So yes it is indeed hot, tourists outnumber Italians but remember not everyone has this…

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Why you should visit Elba Island

N for Napoleon, he was rather vain wasn't he

This weekend me and four girlfriends headed to one of the seven jewels of the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba Island. We all represent the stereotype of the overworked, underpaid expat so discovering a slice of paradise not far from Florence was just what the wine-doctor ordered. I didn’t know much about Elba before going but I jumped at the chance for an affordable girls trip and really just wanted to relax on the beach with my beloved kindle. I can honestly…

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Florence in April? My picks


Now that we are sliding into spring and masses of tourists have infiltrated our city with floppy hats, umbrellas , cameras and lots and lots of khaki , are they going on a safari? I figure besides people watching, I better provide a ‘get away’ list for those who want a refuge from the crowds. April is a funny month, both in the mood of the weather gods for example, is it going to rain OR not? and the information for events.…

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