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 Florentine aquatic show: Ponte Vecchio lights up!


DSCF1248Imagine wandering down to the banks of the arno river on a Monday night to find a chaos of people, all clamoring to see one thing – the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge that is one of the most important landmarks in the city. This medieval cobblestones masterpiece once housed butchers, now expensive jewelery for tourists. During World War II, this bridge was the only bridge not bombed by Germans, rumored to be a special order from Hitler itself. It’s not wonder why even today for us ‘locals’ it remains a very special place. I walk on this bridge every single day to head home to the oltrarno and love seeing just how excited people get, snapping shots under the arches and listening to the guitar players laying on the ground during soft summer nights.

Yesterday we were treated to quite the show along the river for a new eco-friendly lighting system being turned on for the first time by famous Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli. The new ‘green’ lighting comes from 102 LEDs – a gift from the Stefano Ricci fashion house to mark the 60th anniversary of the city’s Fashion Center – this will offer savings of almost 80%, he said. French art troupe Iliotopie put on quite the ‘cirque du soleil’ like aquatic show and we wandered out there after dinner to see for ourselves.

While the Ponte Santa Trinita, the best viewing point, was occupied for a special private dinner [damn them] – we squeezed ourselves with the masses along the river banks heading towards Ponte alle Grazie. What a show, it seemed like every item you could imagine was made into a boat, an umbrella, a huge unicycle and a woman in a red dress, a man in a bed and beautiful fireworks throughout the night. I was super impressed! Towards 11:30, Bocelli finally made his appearance, his beautiful voice resonating with an echo on the dark Monday night and then finally, the Ponte Vecchio was turned on. I took some pictures from my suffocating vantage point so that hopefully you can see for yourself how amazing it really was.

Enjoy this Ponte Vecchio photo diary of last night and let me know what you thought of the show if you got the chance to see for yourself! 

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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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Hi There!

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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