Tag Archives: Florence

VENDEMMIA ITALIAN STYLE

It’s Vendemmia (grape harvesting) weekend in the garden where I’m staying in Florence. It’s been a buzz of work for those who actually work, they’ve been prepping all week for the Sunday harvest. All the tools used to pick, collect, … Continue reading

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BLOND BE GONE

After 40 days walking the Camino and 90 days in the intense Barcelona sun, my hair absolved itself of all responsibility of the past, forfeiting the old for a lifeless shade of strawberry blonde. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing … Continue reading

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FINDING MY STRIDE

Florence is the city where my heart resides…. I’ve loved the past few days following the rhythm of this place. The cobbled streets, the buildings, people and the road to my apartment along Via de Palmerino. I’m staying in an apartment … Continue reading

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I LOVE ITALY

This time tomorrow, I’ll be in Florence, Italy. The beauty, culture and romance of the city where my heart resides. One month within her welcoming walls to work-work-work on editing my book. I’ll be staying at the writers residence I … Continue reading

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ANGELIC BEHAVIOUR

A lovely earth-angel withdrew from life as I knew it this past winter. Her name was Beatrice Angeli. Yes, her last name was Angel…  She was my landlady the second time I stayed at Residenza del Palmerino. She wore many … Continue reading

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SPLITTING HAIRS

When one has an out-of-body experience with a master it produces a lasting effect. I had one such moment with an artist here in Florence. His name – Fabio Velotti – a seriously perfect name wouldn’t you agree? I booked an appointment as … Continue reading

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JAZZY MONICA

My dear friend Monica, who happens to hold a PhD in Art History, has invited me to join her for Jazz at Le Murate (The Walled). Le Murate was originally built in 1424 as a convent for Benedictine nuns. In 1807-14, … Continue reading

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DRINKING BEFORE LUNCH

The fizz of chilled Prosecco as it sparkles its way to the rim of our champagne flutes, a fitting tribute to the turn of events that gave way to drinking before lunch: …Gyorgyi and I are on one of our … Continue reading

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THINK POSITIVE MOM!!!

The Power of Positive Thinking…. A lovely place to reside IF you can pinpoint the exact place to go in your mind AND then remain in that happy place until you reach your intended goal.  Not an easy task for … Continue reading

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CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…

I believe the moment you allow someone into your life, they leave an impression on your world, be it positive or negative… it’s YOUR prerogative, how that impact is felt in your life. I possess a deep affection for Italy, … Continue reading

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A DANCE IN PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO (part 1)

A text arrives from my handsome Italian neighbour, with an invitation for coffee at the local coffee shop, Caffè Michelangelo in Piazza Ferrucci at 3:00 p.m. today.  Felling a rush of excitement,  I prepare for our first date. Staring into my open closet, I … Continue reading

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CIAO BELLA

I indulge in a week of touring historical landmark’s, absorbing Renaissance art, strolling (today I actually twirled) the cobble-stone streets.  As well as standing in awe of magnificent churches and giving in to my own Achilles’ heel: admiring, and or drooling, over handsome Italian men. Styled … Continue reading

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MISTAKEN IDENTITY

My Calgary friend and wine guru, Geoff Last, is visiting Italy on business.  He’s invited me to join him this evening for a glass of wine at one of Florence’s top ranking restaurants Buca Lapi.   Geoff and his colleague Steve … Continue reading

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A SEAT NEXT TO GIUSEPPE

(part 2 of  Dreams Gifts & Memories ) As I step from my room, I realize the warm sun streaming in my window this morning had deceived me.  My fair Irish skin is totally unprepared for the icy dampness of … Continue reading

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DREAMS, GIFTS & MEMORIES

The vision that kept me focused on turning my dream 0f living in Italy, into a reality, was the image of myself, gazing out over the hills of Tuscany, at the break of dawn, on my 49th Birthday.  I initially had doubts that … Continue reading

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MY FIRST DAY IN TUSCANY

Monday-January 18th…. My eyes open in London, at 6:15, to the sound of John Bailie, gently knocking at my door. He has offered to accompany me to the train that will take me to Heathrow, where I’ll be whisked away … Continue reading

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