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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A South-West France food photo-blog


This is not a part of my normal series “why you should visit…” but something I just had to incorporate due to my love of food.

When I first went to France years ago, Paris, with a friend. I didn’t exactly have the best food or wine experience. I was young (21) and my friend’s preferred dinner included no carbs and many meals of apple and cheese. yikes.

This August I decided to tag along with my awesome friend Nico to his hometown of Castelnaudary to see more of France from a local’s perspective. For some reason I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by the food since I never remembered anything spectacular from my previous experience.

For example: I love cheese but feel that if it’s so stinky you have to triple wrap it in paper – it’s not for me.

Instead, as usual when you think you know what to expect, you actually don’t. I –Loved –Everything! 

One example: Eating with a  family we indulged in a cheese plate every night and I loved it, even the strong roquefort, though my favorite was camembert. While at my friend’s house, we ate perfect gazpaucho, a dreamy dark chocolate cake, crisp champagne, local Rose wine and many meals involving duck {which can be hard to find in Italy}.

There is truly nothing like the experience of actually sitting down with someone’s family and eating what they eat. You can’t buy that in a restaurant.

Why talk about what I ate though, and instead share this photoblog of my favorite dishes this trip. Enjoy! 

South-West France cheese plate – a cheese lovers dream
chicken with seasonal veggies & rice
cassoulet – famous dish from Castelnaudary
lemon sorbet soaked in vodka
aperitif french style! with Suze
couscous Moroccan style
Rose cider
savory crepe with mushrooms & chive
Two types of quiche & fresh salad and Rose wine
Banoffee pie
Aperitif – Kir
steak and frites (fries). This was amazing
champagne French style
gazpaucho, lovely cold soup
yum yum yum
chocolate truffle cake
honey, bread and goat cheese #winning
banana and nutella crepe
one “light” roadside lunch
tuna summer salad
Fois Gras

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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About Me

Hi There!

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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