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Behind the Lens: My Year Of Travel On Instagram

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“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”― Gustave Flaubert This influential French novelist who wrote the great Madame Bovary has a point. The more I see the world, I feel infinitely more humbled. Just walking through the Sunday walking market in Chiang Mai, it is as easy to get lost in the hundreds of people as it is to order a fresh coconut. Way too easy. And the more I hear ignorant…

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A Corfu Wedding to Remember

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You know you are creeping up the age scale when it feels like all of your vacations are revolved around attending weddings of friends. Far from being a bad thing, if anything, it just makes deciding where to go for summer break a lot easier. This past August, we headed to the beautiful island of Corfu, Greece [more about the trip to come on the blog] for the wedding of my friend Madeleine, whom I met in Florence many years…

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Discovering Lille – a city that surprises

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Ask me a year ago about Lille, and I probably couldn’t have pointed this Northern French city out on a map. The country of France is so vast, that to truly get acquainted with the Francs – the best idea is to visit each region slowly. Since being with my Frenchy, we have visited France a few times, mostly sticking to the south-western region where he’s from. While the south of France still has my heart, after our recent adventures…

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Locals I Love – Diana Simon

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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 company, shares her experiences on her blogs (BrowsingItaly & BrowsingRome), teaches English and plays aunt to her nieces and nephew. A global nomad who has…

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Undercover Palazzo Pitti – exploring women artists

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“‘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 this subject fascinates me as a very independent girl living in their same city, free to roam as I please. What we know less about…

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One day in Toledo, Spain

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Until you’ve seen Toledo, you have not seen Spain {a famous Spanish saying}. Ah, Toledo – I only got to enjoy walking around your beautiful cobblestone streets for one night and one morning but one thing is for sure – you certainly know how to leave a great first impression. The reason I happened to be in this UNESCO heritage site in Spain only 30 minutes from Madrid was due to it being the perfect stop during our #winteroadtrip from France to Lisbon,…

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