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A Summer Day in Rome

Every time I take my first stroll along the terracotta colored and ivy-clad streets in Rome I fall in love all over again. Despite the smoldering heat (you can’t expect much else if you’re going to the Italian capital in the middle of the summer, I know) and the never-ending groups of tourists, I always […]
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Summer In Italy: A Beach Escape To Terracina

“Do you want help with that?” and Italian man asked me when I was trying to push three suitcases at the same time over a threshold at the airport. “Non, merci” I said and smiled. “I mean no, thank you. Or no, I mean no, grazie!”. I don’t know if ...read more
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Romantic Getaways: Spend Valentine’s Day in Paris

This year, you could spend Valentine’s day the way you usually do. Or you could go to Europe. No, really. If you were thinking of surprising a certain special someone this Valentine’s Day (yes, even if that special someone is you), ...read more
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Holiday Giveaway: Bound For Anything Custom Journals

Some people love stationery. A lot. These are the people who browse stationery stores like others do cheese shops, picking up notebooks and greeting cards, smelling, weighing, pressing the pages between their fingers, thrilled by the ...read more
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A French Country Home Dream: Buying near Bordeaux, France

The Dordogne river (Doni Belau) I’m often asked why we bought the house (in France) that we did, in this tiny town whose name we can barely pronounce and that’s even harder to find on a map. What about your first love, Paris? People ask. Mordac ...read more
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Looking For An Excuse To Visit Brussels? Here Are Three

Michal Osmenda Beer, frites, comics. Blah, blah, blah. No disrespect to lovers of ambers and ales, salty, fried foods, or Tintin, but there’s so much more to Brussels, capital of Belgium—capital of all of Europe—than these perennially touted ...read more
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My Paris for Your…? Dos & Don’ts For a Successful Home Exchange

Paris (Haven in Paris) The idea seemed too good to pass up. I’d exchange my Paris flat for a place in San Francisco for two weeks to visit family. Two whole weeks! Rent-and-hotel bill free! And we’d do it in August when no one really wants to be ...read more

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Leaving Italy For Paris

Coffee is still good. Coffee is still cheap. The sun is still shining. The Italians are still smiling. My taxi driver was friendly. I got to the airport too early. My check in was easy....read more
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Still in Italy, Paris Here I Come

I’m still in Italy.  The coffee is still fast and the Italians are still ever so sweet. I’m still in Italy, but not for long. Bogliasco (above) & San Disiderio, Liguria, Italy I will soon be leaving the country of sunshine, smiles and ...read more
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Brocante Shopping in Normandy with My French Country Home

Brocante finds in action (Laurence Amélie) At My French Country Home in Normandy, we love to go antiquing. We welcome guests from all over the world, from private shoppers looking to experience real French brocantes (flea markets) and hopefully ...read more
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Channeling Monet: An Afternoon at Giverny

Billbooz & Thezartorialist I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Monet’s paintings. Yes, they’re pretty—that much is undeniable. He certainly cornered the market on water lilies and haystacks. But I suppose I’ve developed a sense of ...read more
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Day-Tripping Through Liguria: From Genoa to Cinqueterre and Beyond

Our very own Erica Berman has just landed in Genoa for her yearly stint in Liguria, her favorite region of Italy. This still relatively untouched corner of Italy is one of our favorite spots for experiencing authentic Italian living in a ...read more
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A Fairy Tale Wedding at a French Chateau

Is there anything more romantic than a wedding in a French chateau? For part 2 of her story, Paige Frost takes us through her last-minute preparations for the big day…- Geneviève One and Only Paris Photography Most brides obsess over ...read more