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Paris Street Music: Fête de la Musique, 21 June 2009

Paris is a wonderful city to wander. With winding streets, beckoning café terraces and chestnut trees reaching out their soft leaves to passersby, it’s hard to remain immune to the charm of this pedestrian way of life. Parisians themselves, as
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In Italy, it’s all in the underwear (and bras)

Photo and text Erica Berman Have you ever noticed that  when the Italians hang their laundry out to dry, they hang it all out? Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I am particularly prudish (al contrario), but I have to admit I am
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Smiling Cappuccino – Only in Italy

Genoa, June 2009: The search for the perfect cappuccino is on. It’s hard to go wrong when drinking any sort of coffee in Italy, but the smiling cappuccino from the Cafe in Piazza delle Vigne, although good, but not the greatest, takes the
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David Lebovitz’s Sweet Life in Paris

Photo: Louisa Chu It’s easy to be jealous of David Lebovitz when you learn how he spends his days: spreading Bordier butter on toast, browsing through Paris’ open air markets, testing recipes, hopping in and out of bakeries and chocolate shops,
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Rosa Jackson – Food Guru in Nice and Paris. Tour & Interview

Photos Courtesy of Rosa Jackson We recently found ourselves in Nice for a night and were fortunate to be able to book a morning tour of the Nice food markets with Canadian food guru Rosa Jackson. I had heard about Rosa’s  food tours of
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Genoa – what exactly am I doing while here in Italy?

Typical Genoa So, what do I do here friends want to know? This is my third trip to Genoa, and I still have not been to the Aquarium, to the famous museums that dot the city,  or even to  see the house where Christopher  Colombus supposedly
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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