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

Elizabeth and Robert

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As a young girl I became very fond of 19th Century poetry and have enjoyed it throughout my life. When I got he chance to visit he apartment of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning I jumped at it.  They moved here in 1847, a year after they married and lived here together until Elizabeth’s death in 1861. They called it “Casa Guidi” and wrote some of their finest … Read More

Verona Again

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Zoe and I took our second trip to Verona and this time decided to stay on the other side of the river. Verona reminds me of a small version of Firenze with the river cutting it in half.  I figured since I like and live in the more quiet, less tourist side of Firenze I would give it a try.   We stayed at B&B Aurelia that I found on the internet. … Read More

Primavera in Firenze

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Spring has arrived and I am so happy about that.  Since Zoe and I walk almost everywhere having the sun gives us more incentive to go out and discover our neighborhood.  There is a beautiful area not far from us, the hilly area on the way to Piazza Michelangelo. It reminds me a little of Bel Aire in Southern California.  The sidewalks in this area made me think … Read More

Montelupo and Empoli

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It was time to take a little train trip to the country.  A friend lives in Empoli, 20 minutes outside of Firenze and invited Zoe and I to visit for the day.  Our train ride was €7 ($7.25) round trip. Can’t beat that. The main square in Empoli is beautiful and very clean. It was about 11:00 and the square was empty.  I felt like we were on … Read More

Discovering my Neighborhood

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We have a love hate relationship with time change.  I love it in the fall and getting an extra hour but hate to give back that hour in the spring. The upside though is more day light when the weather starts to get nice.  Here in Italy we change two weeks later than America and it happened this week end. Sunday was the most gorgeous spring day and … Read More

Sunday Fun

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There is never a lack of things to do in Firenze. I subscribe to The Florentine, a monthly English language magazine that has become my bible. I go through it and mark my calendar with all the things that interest me so I don’t forget. This particular Sunday I had 3 things t wanted to do and with a little planning it shouldn’t be a problem. Riccardo Barthel is a … Read More

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