Vintage Style

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The vintage clothing scene here in Firenze is very strong.  I have found a few stores I like and have bought a few pieces to accessorize an outfit.  I was very excited when I read there was going to be a big event dedicated to vintage clothes so off we went. The event was held at Leopolda Station, the first railroad station in Firenze built in1837. The construction went very … Read More

Art and Dance

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I had the pleasure of being invited to 2 events at Florence Dance Center. They have a wonderful way of combining dance with art. They have an artist work related to some form of dance beautifully displayed followed by a presentation from their dance students. The first time I went they were showcasing the paintings of Kevin Berlin. He is a very accomplished painter and his work is resides in the collections … Read More

Boxes of Wonder

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One of the reasons I choose Florence to live is the large artisan community that is here. Finding wonderful products for my customers for 38 years was my passion and it is still in my blood. I have the idea that I might be able to do some of that here.  While having lunch at my favorite panini place Semel, I started talking to two nice gentlemen and was invited … Read More

Santo Stefano Al Ponte

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Santo Stefano Al Ponte in the heart of Florence near to Ponte Vecchio is a magnificent deconsecrated church. It is one of the oldest in Florence first mentioned in 1100.  In 2015 it was reopened to the public as a venue for art exhibits and concerts. i went New Year’s Eve for a concert inspired by the world-renowned “Three Tenors” of LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, PLACIDO DOMINGO and JOSE CARRRERAS.   The … Read More

Aging out of place

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Recently I was contacted by Erica Manfred a journalist for Senior Plant an online publication.  They are doing a series called Aging out of Place. It is about people over 65 who have picked up roots and moved to a foreign country by themselves.  Sounds like me so we did a phone interview.   It was lots of fun and Erica did a great job.  To read the interview … Read More

Holidays in Firenze

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To say I was excited to see Firenze during the holidays is an understatement.  I have gathering pictures since December 8 when holiday decorating starts. Thank goodness later than in the United States, it becomes more of an event. All the different neighborhoods put up lights, some more dramatic than others.  In my near neighborhood of Porto Romamo they decided on the balllon motif. With many of the … Read More

Milano

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A few weeks back Zoe and I took the train to Milano.  I have been here more times than any other city in Italy do to the fact our good friends Rino and Gabriella live here. I love Milano for this reason as well as the great energy it has.  it also has some really great apartment courtyards enabling me to get some nice photos away from the … Read More

My Logo

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Eleven years ago today (30/11/2005)John and I got married.  We were married by the mayor in Lemna, Italy.  A small town in the hills above Lake Como. Our good friends Rino and Gabriel who live in Milano stood up for us and helped us arrange for this very special day with the help of the mayors assistant, Monica Meroni. It was a gorgeous day. It had snowed the day … Read More

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