Trees and Hydrangeas

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It is important when you make a change to a new place to try too assimilate as best you can.  As most Italians go on holiday in August so did Zoe and I.  This especially important when living in Firenze because of the unrelenting heat.  In July and August it is typically 90-95 but his year it moved from 95 to,over 100.  It is actually the hottest place in … Read More

Let’s Party

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In July Zoe and I celebrated our one year anniversary of moving to Firenze.  One of the true joys of this move has been the many friends that we have made in relatively a short time. I decided I wanted to have a party to celebrate these friendships.  I also wanted to honor my friend and Italian teacher, Lucia, who is going to a Boston to teach Italian … Read More

Corsini Gardens

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A few months back I went to Artigianato E Palazzo at the beautiful Corsini Gardens. This is an exhibition of one hundred artisans most from the Tuscany area. In addition to its importance as a cultural event to popularize crafts, the exhibition offers an opportunity to take a closer look at “applied arts” in order to bring them into our daily lives and set this event apart from more … Read More

Touring Tuscany

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I spent 2 days in Montepulciano with my friend Julie and stayed at Pamela Shelton Johns wonderful B & B Poggia Etrusco.   I thought it would be fun to have a professional guide for the day.  We arrived by train so we were limited on what We could do on our own. Pamela recommend Serena Baglioni who operates A Day in … Read More

Assis and Bastia

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    I mentioned in a previous post I participated in a silent auction to benefit the earthquake victims in Umbria and Le Marche. I also bought a 2 night stay in an apartment in Assisi. With all he traveling John and I have done in Italy I have been to Assisi.  After looking at Brigolante Guest Apartments web site I knew I was in for a treat. … Read More

Irises and Roses

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In my last post I mentioned my friend Julie from Texas came to visit last spring.  Being she is a huge garden and gardening enthusiast I knew exactly where to take her on our sightseeing adventures. Piazza Michelangelo is a wonderful place to start.  It has so much to offer and diffidently the WOW factor.  It has one of the best views in Firenze.  It also has a … Read More

Poggio Etrusco

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A few months ago I participated in a silent auction to benefit the earthquake victims here in Italy. One of the items I bid on and really wanted to win was a 2 night stay at POGGIO ETRUSO. This is a bed and breakfast in Tuscany owned and run by cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns and artist husband Johnny Johns.  I have been Facebook friends with Pamela for many … Read More

Stores I love

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I love discovering stores and sharing the ones I like.  After being a sales representative for 35 plus years it is still in my blood.  One of the he things I enjoy about living in Firenze is you are always finding something you haven’t seen before. With all the little sides streets and the spermatic opening and closing times your constantly seeing things you had not seen before. … Read More

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