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

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

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