Colle di Val d’Elsa…day 3

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August 15 is my birthday. It is also a holy day for Catholics, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, as well as a huge holiday in Italy, Ferragosa, when everything closes. It dates back to 18BC when the land owners would give their workers a very rare day off.  Now most people take much more than a day off. Some stores are closed the entire month and … Read More

Colle di Val d’Esla…Day 2

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I got up early and decided to wander the areas that most people don’t go and see what I could find interesting. I immediately got caught up with the wood doors. The town is divided the bridge. Back in medieval times it was two separate towns and many battles ensued. Having a draw bridge cam in handy. Walking down under the bridge was interesting. Back on the bridge … Read More

Colle di Val d’Esla..Day 1

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 di Val d’Elsa is a little town in Tuscany that most tourist know nothing about.  They prefer to go to the overly crowded Siena or San Gimignano.  I had the pleasure of visiting this place last fall when I came to visit my friend Cecilia’s villa, Podere Scopicciollo It is an hour and a half bus trip from Florence and after Cecilia showing me around I knew we would be … Read More

Weekend Fun

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I love to entertain and was very excited when I found out my friend Christina and her fiancée Justin were coming to Florence for a wedding.

I am a Lucky Girl

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When I had made the decision to move to Florence, Italy I set out to find my “perfect” new home. i knew exactly what area I wanted to live since I spent sometime here last year and that is a big hurdle conquered. There are a few  Short and long term rental agencies in Florence and I searched endlessly determined I would find the right place. After hitting  a … Read More

My New Neighborhood

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Zoe and I have been in Firenze now for almost 3 weeks.  I have been busy doing all those important things you need to do when you move to a new place, Italian phone #, bank account and filing for my residency.  Settling into my apartment has been such fun.  I will share that with you on a later post.  I love my apartment very much and could not … Read More

A Change of Life

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The  last few days before leaving for Zoe and my new life in Florence have been crazy, challenging a yes stressful.  I just kept my eye on the rainbow at the end of the tunnel and plugged forward, knowing it was all worth it in the end. I shipped a pallet of special things to Florence for our new apartment and what won’t fit will go storage and … Read More