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Interview With a Bookshop: Libreria Clichy in Florence

As long as I can remember, I’ve had a very deep connection with books. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, books were my friends when I had few of them, they were a way to escape mentally from my surroundings (general boredom in Texas- it’s a real thing) and be instantly transported into another world. It brought me from being a shy, awkward kid with little to say — to someone who could never shut up. This love hasn’t…

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Locals I Love: Martina Lončar

This Sunday’s interviewee on the blog is a girl I call Tinka, we met about a year ago, I think? Time passes so quickly my mind can never quite keep up but I am sure it was through the Creative People in Florence meet ups. Her actual name is Martina, a Slovenian native who has found a passion for jewelry design among a fabulous artisan collective workshop in the heart of the Oltrarno; the city’s edgy creative and slowly becoming…

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Ad Astra Boutique Hotel In Florence

‘Thus one journeys to the stars’ is the meaning behind the coolest new boutique hotel in Florence’s oltrarno quarter, an aptly named dream hotel for the well-heeled who appreciate contemporary personal touches mingled with vintage design pieces on the picturesque street of via del campuccio. Just peek inside the first floor of an ancestral family mansion that has been brought to life and you will fall in love immediately, the place has been renovated from disrepair and now offers guests a…

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A bit of Bavaria in Florence, Birreria HB Firenze

You might be wondering why I am talking about Bavarian food living in the gastronomic heaven that is Florence, Italy. Of course, when you live here and enjoy the fruits of the mediterranean diet on a daily basis – and trust me, you know I do, you sometimes crave a little something else. While I have never been to the famous festa that is Oktoberfest, I have however, visited the Birreria HB Hofbrauhaus on via aretina at least twice now – and…

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November events in Florence, Italy

Yep, we have finally arrived at the month of November when tourists start to dwindle and the air (might) just get a little chill to it. Actually I don’t want to say a word because this past week was so gorgeous in Florence, that I just want to pretend that the real winter won’t ever arrive! The sheer fact that we could still eat outside is enough to make me want to not ‘jinx’ it. This list is still a…

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October events in Florence, Italy

Somehow the time-witches as I like to call them, have taken the rug out from under me and made it become October already. September went by in a flash in my world and besides moving to a new apartment in the Oltrarno, I have also embarked on a number of very cool activities. This month will certainly prove to be no exception, and this weekend I am off to discover the La Marche region with #sibillinisegreti. In Florence, this month…

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