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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Why you should visit Barcelona – a photo diary


gaudi barcelona Barcelona, sweet Barcelona – how full of beauty and grime you are. It’s my kind of city, a city that has all of the necessary elements for a pretty great lifestyle for a young person. Everywhere there is always chaos, always someone up at 6am having a conversation on a park bench as if it was 2pm on a Saturday afternoon.

Because after all, This is Spain.


Since we only had Saturday and half-a-day Sunday to explore – time was of the essence. Luckily it was not my first time to Barcelona so I had already seen most major sites and had less pressure to see everything again. This trip was all about rest & relaxation, drinking & eating our way through the city while catching up with a good friend. I always use Plaça de Catalunya as my point of reference. It’s a large piazza, central and feels a little like being in a mix between Miami and New York City.

Clet spotted in Barcelona!

Of course, some shopping had to be done – I particularly enjoy the quarters of Gràcia and El Born for shopping – the windy streets make it fun to get lost within the plentiful small interesting shops. You pretty much cannot go to Barcelona without stopping by the famous Boqueria market. Is it a little too crowded? Perhaps – but if you don’t get a fresh juice or fruit to snack on, then you are truly missing out. Especially when these things are a lot pricier in Florence. Also, what better way to make up for those four Gin & Tonics the night before? Coconut & banana for me please!

barcelona market

barcelona 2013One of the aspects I love most about this city is the gorgeous architecture. While I love Tuscany, I appreciate the diversity in Barcelonian buildings. It’s a virtual feast for the eyes and I felt like a kid in a candy store. The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) is especially gorgeous – medieval structures at every angle and most of the area is pedestrian so no worries about getting sideswiped by a bus mirror like in Florence.

Of course I didn’t forget to eat – as if that would ever happen in my world. While there is a definite lack of food pics in this post –  I can provide at least one of my last lunch on the Sunday before heading back to Florence. Salmon, veggies and french fries. What more can a girl want! 

Until we meet again Barcelona, I will definitely be seeing you soon the next time Ryanair offers a great deal – this city is the perfect weekend away!

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Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as 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' flat white and laughs with the girls.

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    expatsincebirth 13.04.2013 at 20:54

    Thank you so much for this short visit to Barcelona! Great hints and beautiful pictures (as always!). I just need to book a trip… Bye…

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      ggnitaly84 14.04.2013 at 19:45

      Thank you! I need to book a trip back myself ;-). Soon it will be beach weather…

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    Ziggy 13.04.2013 at 22:00

    Girl in Florence, loved this post and miss Barcelona. We are due to go back.
    Visiting your town in late June which is the reason I’m following you now
    Boy from New York

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      ggnitaly84 14.04.2013 at 19:45

      Ciao Boy from New York :-). Thanks for checking out the post, I already miss barcelona and am plotting my next trip back! Have a great trip to Florence, I am sure you will love it..

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    Sam 14.04.2013 at 12:34

    Great photos! La Boqueria is probably one of my favorite places that I’ve ever visited.

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      ggnitaly84 14.04.2013 at 19:43

      Its amazing right? There is really no place like Boqueria..

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    Jill Foer Hirsch 07.05.2013 at 17:48

    Great photo tour! I live for Florence but love Barcelona too. Interesting contrast of cities. In Florence it’s all about classic renaissance architecture and in Barcelona it’s all about Gaudi. Touring La Pedrera should be on everyone’s bucket list!

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      ggnitaly84 07.05.2013 at 19:40

      I could not agree more, I really appreciate the proximity that living in Florence allows to so many awesome cities in Europe. 🙂

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    kat 09.05.2013 at 18:33

    I studied abroad in Barcelona for a year, and every time I go back there are still new things to see. And you’re right — the perfect level of chaos 🙂 And I see you made it to “Happy Pills”, a fun store
    check for flights with vueling too, they fly to Pisa and sometimes have great offers 🙂

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    Barcelona City Hotels 23.05.2013 at 19:18

    Hey! Congrats for your post! It is very well written and illustrated! Here, from we feel proud of the success of your visit. See you soon again!

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    Barcelona tours 26.07.2013 at 19:15

    Congratulations for your post and photos, from Barcelona tours
    we aer happy that you enjoyed our wonderful city and we wish to return soon to our city.

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    Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who has called Florence, Italy home for the past 13 years and now you'll find me between Firenze and Zug, Switzerland. Besides the blog, 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. You might have seen my articles in Lonely Planet and a feature on my blog in Forbes. This space is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling, eating and living in Europe with tips for weekend trips. 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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