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Torre del Chianti: A Gourmet Affair On An Old Water Tower


You’d think that with the arrival of summer in Italy, everyone would collapse into a lazy, somewhat more relaxed schedule of sorts. Instead I feel like every other day I’m hearing about a cool new event, a new restaurant opening or exhibition in some area of town. It seems to never end. And frankly, I think it’s awesome. We choose to do more of our longer trips (one week or more) not in July and August because of the price…

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Tuscany Beyond The Obvious, Four Fun Ideas


Give a girl the keys to a vintage Fiat 500, and let me tell you, she can go anywhere. Or in my case, I just handed them over to my copilot-for-life Nico as I took a ton of photos. I might be considered that crazy person who constantly photographs the same things, but I could care less. The Tuscan countryside whispers to the soul, and I make no apologies for my constant puppy love in the presence of its beauty. You…

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39 Photos To Inspire A Visit To Arezzo’s Antique Fair

arezzo antique fair: photo by Georgette Jupe

Even if you hate antiques, it’s impossible to dislike the monthly antique fair in Arezzo. Long ago, when I was climbing through wooden skeletons of houses on the outskirts of San Antonio. Playing hide and seek in pretty dangerous places went par for the course. During the days when ‘go play outside’ was obligatory in a young person’s childhood, I use to scoff at anyone who used old stuff to decorate their homes. In Texas, the shabby chic theme we…

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Behind the Lens: My Year Of Travel On Instagram


“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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41 Tips For Studying Abroad In Florence

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What could be better than studying in Florence? Well, surely that is debatable, I am sure that there are plenty of other great places too but this happens to be where I call home. Living abroad for a period is an incredible experience and hopefully for those coming here, they will be interested in soaking in some culture (and limoncello – why not) while doing so. Florence is famous for the thousands of students, many of them Americans, who choose…

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Weekend on Elba Island: An Exile To Get Excited About

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While most people are aware that Napolean Bonaparte was exiled to the Tuscan island of Elba, 20 kilometers off the Italian coast, not many know that he actually chose this gem of the Etruscan archipelago. See, Napoleon, who perhaps had a bit of that ‘short man’ complex, knew that this place was special. Clear blue waters, sandy beaches, wonderful panoramas, Elba is my idea of a still unspoilt Tuscan paradise that has managed to retain its identity more than other…

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