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

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

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