Girl in Florence aka Georgette Jupe

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about the beautiful city of Florence and Italy also sharing travel tips and stories along the way. Now 'Girl in Florence' includes advice for Florence, artisan features, interviews with locals, tips for life in Italy and travel posts from all over Europe. I'd love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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my favorite aperitivo in florence, can you say “Morrocco” … I can ;)

26.01.2012 3 Comments

my favorite aperitivo in florence, can you say “Morrocco” … I can ;)

26.01.2012 3 Comments

Anyone who knows me pretty much gets that one of my favorite places to stop in Florence for a “pausa” or break, is a little Morroccan haven called “Derb” . Located on the very interesting ( and international ) Via Faenza off of the San Lorenzo market in the center of Florence, look carefully or you will pass up this gem of a place.

Derb is an epitome of what I love about Florence, amongst the fantastic trattorias and great tuscan food, new hip international places pop up from time that actually WORK like this place. Think warm decor , bookshop feel, with comfy cushions and the best bathroom in Florence ( I really need to write a list about decent public bathrooms in this city.. ) . There is a variety of products located around the caffe, neclaces, clothes, scarves.. it’s all a feast for gli occhi. I started going there for tea ( morroccan style in quaint tea-pots and small glass cups not to mention the owner poured it for us from an absurdly high distance.. entertaining!)  ,I  highly recommend my favorite tea “notti di arabia.” tastes like it sounds.. delectable

They are a restaurant and though I have never eaten a proper dinner there, my friends have and loved it. So when we heard there was aperitivo there, I had to try it. For 10 euros, you

get a great cocktail
 ( and I mean , realllly good! look right! ) and a “taste plate” including an amazing array of different morrocan dishes, including couscous with veggies, hummus, fresh bread, spiced chicken, rice, salsa and some wonderful cheese filled goodness. T-man had a non-alchoholic yogurt smoothie and I got the “derb” ; a wonderful rum based concotion with blue curacao, coconut and lots of fresh fruit.. yum!

so check it out!, no seriously you have too..   Derb aperitivo starts at 7pm and ends at 10pm , via faenza 21/r ( close to the San Lorenzo market )

** If you’re into hookahs ( like me ) you can also rent one to use while there..

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Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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    Simo 15.04.2013 at 23:18

    I’m preparing my trip to Florence and I came across your blog. It was nice reading this entry being a Moroccan myself! 🙂

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      ggnitaly84 15.04.2013 at 23:21

      Ciao Simo! Thanks for stopping by! Derb apparently has changed ownership 🙁 but they are keeping to an African theme. I love Moroccan food so I will be on the hunt for a new place in Florence to satify my craving. Have a great trip to Florence!

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        Simo 16.04.2013 at 21:08

        Thanks! I’m sure I will!!

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    Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!


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