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Playtime in Saint Germain

While many tourists may be flocking to more traditional art institutions (the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay), in-the-know Parisians are simply soaking up the art in their own neighborhoods. That’s right… public art is on the rise
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Genova, Genes, Genoa, Italy – however you want to spell it – at last!

Photo: Erica Berman -The path that leads to home In Genova, finally, until July 17! My third trip. Inquiring friends want to know why I chose Genova. No-one has ever heard if it. They think it is Geneva, and that I am in Switzerland.  The story
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MoMa Bed & Breakfast in Nice

MoMa Nice MoMa Nice – To read about this hip and funky B&B in Nice: https://hipparis.com/2009/06/04/moma-nice-bed-and-breakfast-chambres-dhotes/ Fabulous vacation rentals in Paris, Provence and Tuscany: haveninparis.com
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Cavalière sur Mer – Cap Nègre – Le Lavandou

May 28-June 1, 2009: Cavalière-sur-Mer – Cap Nègre We are not really hotel people (not much of a surprise given the nature of Haven in Paris), and neither of us can remember the last time we actually stayed in one. For the wedding of
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MoMa Nice – Bed and Breakfast (Chambres d’hotes)

MoMa Nice – photos courtesy of MoMa May 27, 2009 Spent the night at an eclectic bed and breakfast, MoMa Nice,  run by a hip couple. Peter is Danish and Valerie is French, both are artists.  This funky B&B is in an old hôtel particulier
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Following the Chocolate in Paris

photos courtesy of laduree.fr & chocolatezoom.com There are many ways to experience Paris, but one of the more decadent ones is, simply, to follow the chocolate. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of doing just that when I tagged along on Context
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Bocca di Magra, Montemarcello, Valleponci, Finale Ligure

May 20, 2009 Day 5 Setti Archi – Lunch at a seafood restaurant in the nearby marina, Bocca di Magra. Discovered this gem last year and were delighted to return to the wonderful seafood and service in this family run hotel and restaurant .
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Forte dei Marmi, Sarzana, Biaghi Gelateria & more

Photos: Erica Berman – Forte di Marmi May 17, 2009 Day 2 Warm sun, breakfast of apricot croissants, too strong coffee and the view with a breeze and birds chirping.  Trying to figure out how to make my new Nikon D90 work; frustration and
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Images & posts from Liguria

Photo : Erica Berman To find out more about Liguria, Finale Ligure, Cinque Terre, Valleponci, Bocca di Magra, Forte dei Marmi and many other wonderful, and off the beaten track, places, please click on the following links:
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Desbina Collins: Massage from the Comfort of your Paris flat

I recently met Desbina Collins, an intriguing Australian masseuse who lives in Paris, for a chat and a massage. One-time fashion designer and favorite of Paris’ 5 star hotels (and their well-known guests), Desbina offers her skills to the
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My Ligurian Villa vacation (on Tuscan border – by Cinque Terre)

One of our views & rose bushes by the villa Photos: Erica Berman For some reason, one I am not sure of, most Americans (and the majority of tourists in general) come to Italy for Tuscany, Rome and Venice. Don’t get me wrong, these are all
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Spotlight Tuscany: Haybarn 2 Bedroom Villa in Monteriggioni

The Haybarn is ideally located for easy day trips throughout the Chianti region, as well as to such major towns as Florence, Siena, and San Gimignano. We were most interested in bucolic peace and quiet - hard to imagine a better spot - and being
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Erica’s Escapades

Erica’s daily discoveries, wanderings and original tips and insights into Paris, France and Italy. The goal: to help you experience a more authentic and individual travel experience. I am pleased to share these findings, and my escapades
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Conceptual Retail: A Tour of Paris’ Concept Stores

How many times have you wandered around a department store, and with every identical rack and bored attendant felt your eyes glaze over and the thrill of shopping fade perceptibly? In my earlier post I wrote about the annoying pretense of many
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Richard Nahem’s Paris

Photos Erica Berman Like many American ex-pats, Richard Nahem came to Paris to pursue a dream. Upon seeing the city for the first time twenty-five years earlier, he had vowed to live here someday. And after spending twenty years as a
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Cocktails in Paris: Curio Parlor

photo courtesy of womenmanagementparis.blogspot.com At first you thought you’d never tire of your pre-dinner kirs or pastis on traditional café terraces. But after one-too-many botched martinis, you’re willing to start considering alternatives.
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Pozzetto – finally, fabulous coffee & gelato in Paris

Photo Erica Berman Despite my recent tirade and blog post ranting about the poor quality of coffee in France, I am pleased to announce that I recently had a fabulous cup of coffee in Paris. It was a coffee surprisingly worthy of any I have had