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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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Merci: Shopping for a Cause in Paris

photo courtesy of: www.lescarnetsdudesign.com Photos Erica Berman (except above) As the global economic climate has forced consumers to shop more selectively, it has also forced retailers to sell more creatively. Merci, Paris’ newest concept
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Foodie Paris: Creative Cookery with Rachel Khoo

While classical French cuisine will always have its place, today’s Parisian food scene is full of young innovators who aren’t afraid to mix things up. Rachel Khoo, one of Paris’ premiere “food creatives,” is doing just that. A graduate of
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Navigating the French Cheese Shop (Fromagerie)

Ah, cheese. The dizzying selection. The alternately intoxicating and overwhelming smells seeping out of shop fronts and market stalls. The fierce opinions and friendly neighborhood banter while waiting in line. Cheese (and cheese shopping) is,
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On y va? Allons-y?

Often on the way out the door you will hear the Frenchies saying  “on y va,” or “allons-y.” What exactly does this mean? Quite Simply: On y va? = Shall we go? (singular) On y va! = Let’s go! (singular) Allons-y! =
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Welcome to the official blog of Haven in Paris! We are an American hospitality company specializing in short-term luxury apartment rentals in Paris, Provence, and Tuscany. Our goal: to provide our clients with all of the comforts, space,
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