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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Happy Thanksgiving – What am I thankful for?


If anything is achieved on Thanksgiving besides a turkey hangover, it’s the remembrance that we all have something to be thankful for. Though I am far far away from my family and friends back home whom I miss more than ever (especially on holidays). They can rest assured that I am happy, healthy and thinking of them this thanksgiving. I also really hope no-one decided to deep-fry a turkey (horror) this year.

I read this great article talking about the “top 10 regrets in life by those about to die” {morbid I know} but it made some really thought-provoking points. Especially how important it is to value time with friends & family while also pursuing your dreams. You think that would be obvious but honestly, it really isn’t. People still work too much, hold ‘life’ grudges over stupid things that don’t matter, don’t make time for friends and stick with the same job they hate while feeling like that can’t change. My hope is that sometime in life, a catalyst will occur and shake those individuals in a way nothing else could. I just saw the trailer for this documentary discussing exactly that, and it might be worth watching and getting inspired.

#throwbackthursday – remember back in the day when photos sometimes got ‘spliced’ . Here is one with a kid trying to kill my family from ‘under’ the table

For me personally, I am very thankful this year. What for? First off my Italian partner-in-crime t-man who has really stepped up for me this year and supported me in all my crazy pursuits (recently even accompanying me to an all-women conference), for his (and my) lovely family, for the opportunities offered to me to explore new career paths and improve old ones, for the time spent with my very awesome group of friends in Florence, for meeting new awesome Italian friends, for all of the delicious healthy {and not so healthy} food I often eat, for the opportunity to travel. This list could go on into infinitely.

This isn’t meant to be a long post, just one I knew I had to write.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this year and implore you to take a step back sometimes and just be aware of the [hopefully] wonderful people around you. Make sure they know how much you appreciate them. This includes pets.


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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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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