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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Locals I Love – Yasmine Hassani



It’s about time for a little session of ‘Locals I Love’ and this week’s protagonist happens to be a good friend of mine, Yasmine Hassani. She’s French, fabulous and living in Florence with her boyfriend Svebor teaching French around town {including helping me – god help her}. We met through mutual friends being that we have a pretty international group which I love.

Like me, she runs around the city during the day teaching various clients – we both have a fond love-to-hate relationship with the ATAF Firenze bus company. Not to mention a shared love for wine, shoes, stinky cheese and gossip – let’s be honest here what more could you want in life than the occasional bitchfest? ;-).

Basic deets:  name Yasmine HASSANI – nationality French – profession Teacher – favorite drink? Red red wine !

How long have you lived in Florence and where are you from originally?

I’m from Bordeaux, France. I have lived in Florence since February, 2012.

What brought you to bella Firenze and why did you decide to stay

I’ve always wanted to live abroad….. but….in the US!

One day, as i was questioning myself about my future, my boyfriend came back home and told me : I had a job offer… Would you like to live in Florence Italy for a year or 2?

We decided to sell everything we owned ( except shoes and clothes 😉 ) i left my job and the adventure began….

This photo was taken due to my American cheesy touch ;-).

What are you up to in Florence? Work, daily life, passions?

I teach french and i also work as a translator.

My daily life can be crazy : I run all around all day long from one place to another.

I love my job, and it’s important because sometimes i have to work at night and on Sundays…

What annoys you about Florence? Tell me the truth!

Sometimes tourists can be really annoying but what I hate the most? BUSES !!! This is something that can really drive you crazy

Um, right there with you. Especially when they resemble a sauna and the bus driver hates the world! Do you think life in Italy is for everyone? Why does it work for you?

I think you really have to be open-minded. To be honest, I had no expectations and really wasn’t looking for anything in particularly. Well, Ok at least a job – but it was not some kind of quest or anything like that.

What advice would you give a newbie?

Meet Georgette or read girl in Florence that girl knows everything !!

Yasmine and I :-)
Yasmine and I 🙂

HA why thank you? Did I tell you how awesome you are lately? ;-). Three finds/places everyone should know about in Florence?

If you love shopping you definitely have to visit The Mall or Barberino Outlet!

Piazzale Michaelangelo at sunset and Rosignano Solvay Beach


What’s the weirdest thing you have seen/experienced in Italy?

My neighbor!! If we are outside on our terrace talking she actually pours water on us and doesn’t even bother to say anything first!

What? I think we should set up some water balloons for her next time ;-). What can you do here and nowhere else?

Now I know I could never eat a pizza somewhere else!

How did you make friends and assimilate?

Internet and networking

Favorite food {or recipe}.

Wow… I don’t know ! Everything here is good… Last time I tried Tortelloni alla Mugellana … It was so good I ordered some for dessert too !


That’s my girl! Tortelli for dessert, brava! If you had to make up a tagline for the city – what would it be? 😉 be creative!

Florence, the City of your own Renaissance


Thank you so much Yasmine for being my latest victim and also for having the extreme patience to write/speak to me in French. It’s pretty painful how hard it is for this girl to learn languages. I can’t wait to see what is next up for you and Svebor in life, where you might live in the world and what you might do.

All I know is that wherever you may go, glass of wine in hand,  hopefully you will remember Florence fondly :-).


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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