Locals I Love – Diana Simon
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Locals I Love – Diana Simon

Back again with another fun edition of ‘locals I love’ this time speaking to someone I really love to read on the blog-o-sphere (and twitter) who is on top of her game when it comes to sharing tips and news all about Italy (and especially Rome). Diana manages the social media for an Italian tour … Continue reading

Undercover Palazzo Pitti – exploring women artists
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Undercover Palazzo Pitti – exploring women artists

“‘My Lordship, I’ll show you what a woman can do.’  - artist Artmesia Gentileschi  Throughout the centuries women have had to work tremendously hard to make their voice heard, especially in renaissance Florence where most women’s destinies lied in childbirth and taking care of the home. Their voices rarely heard nor seen which is why … Continue reading

CB Firenze – new restaurant in the Oltrarno
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CB Firenze – new restaurant in the Oltrarno

When a new restaurant opens in Florence it can be a little bit like Russian roulette. A lot of places have the desire and passion but perhaps not always the means to put together as memorable an experience as they could hope. One example of a recent place that hasn’t had the best reviews since … Continue reading

A Multilingual Christmas
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A Multilingual Christmas

Christmas time always happens to be an adventure if you happen to be an expat. If not jetting off with the masses to whichever city you hail from, chances you are you are spending the holidays wherever you feel like, no pressure for the nomad! In my case, this year’s Christmas happened to take place … Continue reading

January events in Florence, Italy
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January events in Florence, Italy

For some reason, January has creeped up on me without any warning. One second we were departing from the Florence Peretola airport headed to France for Christmas and then suddenly, we were in Lisbon, Portugal bringing in the new year with plenty of Rose and now, I’m back in my chilly apartment in Florence. Of … Continue reading

Where the Locals go – my excerpt in National Geographic
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Where the Locals go – my excerpt in National Geographic

Practically before I could read, I used to flip pages of books and magazines forever curious about the stories that lied beneath. Anyone who knows me well, remembers me constantly with a book by my side, whether it be a friend’s house, the supermarket, at school – probably I annoyed many people by the amount … Continue reading

Overdosing on truffles in Marche
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Overdosing on truffles in Marche

“Truffles – anyone who does not declare himself ready to leave Paradise or Hell for such a treat is not worthy to be born again.” - Maurice Goudeket, ‘Close to Colette’ (1955) Some people hate them, some people are so obsessed they pay 1,000′s of euros for them. Of course I am talking about truffles. While, I … Continue reading

Villa Las Tronas in Alghero, Sardinia – luxury on the waterfront
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Villa Las Tronas in Alghero, Sardinia – luxury on the waterfront

Alghero sweet Alghero – jewel of a town on the gorgeous, mysterious and truthfully bewitching island of Sardinia (Sardegna in Italian). Me and Frenchy made this town our ferragosto (famous holiday in August) escape for a long weekend and stayed at Villa Las Tronas Hotel & Spa on our first night in Alghero. Very centrally located … Continue reading

Locals I Love – Yasmine Hassani
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Locals I Love – Yasmine Hassani

It’s about time for a little session of ‘Locals I Love’ and this week’s protagonist happens to be a good friend of mine, Yasmine Hassani. She’s French, fabulous and living in Florence with her boyfriend Svebor teaching French around town {including helping me – god help her}. We met through mutual friends being that we … Continue reading