I ♥LOVE ♥ Learning with Locals: Meet Marina Calamai! “Inspired Creations from Cupcakes to Cupolas!”
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
1w ago
How We “Met”… Florence, at least the historical centro and surrounding neighborhoods (including where I live on the Oltrarno), is definitely an invitation to walk, wander, explore…and linger. Easily navigated (mostly flat) once you get used to the uneven pavement and sidewalks, always offers new delights and discoveries. You are invited to s-l-o-w down, pause, even get a little lost and you will be rewarded with treasures tucked away in narrow alleyways and vicoli – a local cafe you walked by so many times but now there’s a table outside, a bottega or boutique that may have had its shutters c ..read more
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Alphonse Mucha: “Le Seduzione dell’Art Nouveau”
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
3M ago
Seduction, Attraction, Charm, Appeal, Glamor… “Seduzione” can be translated as any of the above and certainly, for me, the art of Alphonse Mucha embodies and personifies all of that! Alphonse Mucha poster The Beauty of Being Here…immersing in art is an emotional salve for me in this pretty tumultuous world right now. I’m beyond grateful to be in a place that embraces art and beauty in all its diverse expressions. And, what a pleasure and privilege to be able to enjoy another rewarding experience recently here in Florence. I have memories of loving Mucha’s dreamy art nouveau images so when this ..read more
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In Their Own Words: The Ultimate Reward of My Work…
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
3M ago
The Beauty of Being Here…includes my love of this place and sharing it with friends, followers, and my Italy Trip Design clients! After hundreds and hundreds of emails and communications and many months of planning, more of my 2023 clients arrived this fall and lived their dolce vita dream! And, once again I had the pleasure of greeting, meeting, and spending time with many of them when they were in Florence… This is the ultimate reward of my work! In Their Own Words… Barbara and Michael Michael and Barbara decided to plan their first trip to Italy around their nephew’s wedding in fall 202 ..read more
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Join Me for a Day Trip to Pisa (Not to See the Leaning Tower!)…
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
4M ago
Yes, there’s more to Pisa than the Leaning Tower! Of course, I have seen (and climbed) the Leaning Tower – the Piazza dei Miracoli is NOT to be missed! However, there is more… Just a one hour train ride from Florence, this day trip was dedicated to seeing an exhibit at Palazzo Blu. Earlier this year I returned twice to attend their stunning “I Macchiaoli” exhibit. So, when they announced the current exhibit, I decided immediately to go… Now (through April 7, 2024), Palazzo Blu offers another marvelous exhibit: “Le Avanguardie – Capolavori dal Philadelphia Museum of Art” – The Avant-garde – Ma ..read more
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Reflecting on Three …Yes, Three Years in Italy! ♥
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
4M ago
Yes, I guess I can finally say that I “live” here? Although, it still startles me a bit and I still have to shake my head…yes, that’s me…I’m really here! Time really does fly and it’s been a wild three years for all of us – encapsulating all that it has encompassed is, to be honest, overwhelming – a roller coaster of emotions, a collage of fabulous experiences, and always a learning curve! Slowly adapting, adjusting …pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone, letting go of expectations, and embracing the possibilities of more change. And, undoubtedly, always learning more about me and this pla ..read more
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In Their Own Words: Sharing “An Amazing Adventure!” in Italy!
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
6M ago
The Beauty of Being Here…includes my love of this place and sharing it with friends and my Italy Trip Design clients! After many months of planning, more of my lovely 2023 clients are arriving and living their dolce vita! This is the ultimate reward of my work! And just a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of greeting and meeting, and spending time with Marcy and her granddaughter, Lily! Marcy and I started planning this “graduation” trip months ago. Their choice of destinations was based on where her granddaughter, Lily, wanted to go in Italy. Preferences? Their adventure started in R ..read more
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I LOVE Learning with Locals: Sharing a Passion for Pasta with Ileana!
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
6M ago
The Beauty of Being Here…Yes, it’s all that Florence and Italy have to offer! And, you already know that I love the art, history, museums, the cuisine and that I love learning with locals! And, I love meeting with and learning from other passionate lovers of Italia who have followed their dream here…and yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day with Ileana who followed her passion for pasta seven years ago! Ileana left her corporate life in NYC and came to Florence to expand her culinary knowledge (focus on pasta!) and, ultimately, to share it with others. And that is exactly what sh ..read more
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In Their Own Words: Making Family Memories to Last a Lifetime!
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
6M ago
The Beauty of Being Here…includes my love of this place and sharing it with friends and my Italy Trip Design clients! After many months of planning, my 2023 clients are starting to arrive and live their dolce vita! This is the ultimate reward of my work! And just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of greeting and meeting, and spending time with a fabulous couple, Joe and Mary! We finally meet in Florence! “Your expertise and guidance made our trip an experience of a lifetime, and we loved meeting and spending time with you! Thank you, thank you!” – Mary Their adventure begins in Venice! Met ..read more
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Last Chance for Free Excerpt from Victoria’s Italy Travel TipZ!!
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
7M ago
* August 15th Deadline! * Last chance to subscribe to my bi-monthly newsletter and receive “75 Free Italy Travel TipZ”excerpted from my book is August 15th! Always timely and up-to-date from YOUR Boots on the Ground in the Boot! Sign up where indicated in the sidebar on the right ⇒ ⇒ and we’ll stay in touch! (Of course your email/privacy is confidential and never shared!) For MORE Italy Travel TipZ (400+), my no-nonsense practical insights  suggestions, and tips on how to enjoy the Italian lifestyle is available on Amazon! Available in paperback or Kindle, it’s an invaluable resource an ..read more
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Timely Travel TipZ from Italy! Here Comes Summer and the Heat is ON!
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by PostcardZ from Victoria
9M ago
 A Quick Update & Travel TipZ Reminders from… Your Boots on the Ground in the Boot! Beautiful Firenze! I know it’s been a while but YOUR Boots on the Ground has been covering a lot of ground and, honestly, I can hardly believe it’s June already?! Summer is around the corner…so what’s happening here? Tourism has returned and…with a vengeance! The numbers started ramping up in April (around Easter) and there’s been no looking back!  There is no “off-season”. There is no “shoulder season”.  We are already in a very “high season” and there’s no end in sight for 2023. TipZ from Y ..read more
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