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Best coffee in Italy – on the highway, at the Autogrill?

Today I learned an interesting coffee tidbit from a couple of Italian friends and coffee connoisseurs; the best coffee in Italy, can often be found in the rest stops on the highway  (Autogrill). In fact, some Autogrill/rest stop restaurants apparently even make it into Italian Guide Books!
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Rooftop Paris: Exploring the 5th Arrondissement

Terrace and garden w/ stairs to upper level terrace. Some visitors to Paris will scale any height—or endure waiting in any line—to achieve the ultimate view of the city. And while Sacré-Coeur and the Eiffel Tower certainly do not disappoint, ...read more
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Tour de France in Paris: Sunday, July 26

The cyclists riding through Paris along the rue de Rivoli. Maps courtesy of www.letour.fr. The French are not known for their patience. They have a casual, challenging attitude towards lines, they push onto the Métro while passengers are ...read more
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Sun by the Seine: Paris Plages ’09

Photo courtesy of Momondo.com Visitors to Paris now have one more item to add to their agendas: the beach! Paris is primed for what is perhaps the least logical—but most fun—event of the summer: Paris Plages, which kicks off July 20th. For the ...read more
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Wake Up! Paris Quartier d’été is back!

Twenty years ago, the first Paris Quarter d’été festival was held in order to “wake up the city” during the summer lull that tends to sweep Paris from late July through the end of August. Starting today, the festival is back for its ...read more
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Genoa to Camogli, Punta Chiappa & back

Camogli July in Genoa and things are heating up. It is time to find ways to get out of the heat. Temperatures in the sun often surpass 90°F, even with low humidity, it is HOT. One the best places to be is on my 100m² terrace, enjoying my ...read more
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Cinema Under the Stars – Free Cinema at la Villette – en plein air

Now that summer is in full swing, Parisians will seek out any excuse to loiter outside for as long as possible. Luckily, the Cinéma en Plein Air festival at the Park de la Villette gives them an excuse to do just that! Back for its 19th year, ...read more

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The 2009 Paris Jazz Festival Heats Up

For those lucky enough to be in Paris this July, the Paris Jazz Festival is back for its 16th year. As throngs of tourists crowd the city center, the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes, where jazz performances will be held every weekend until ...read more
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Summer Specials: 25% OFF in our gorgeous Tuscany villas

If you’re yearning for a summer getaway, it’s not too late to make the most of the warm weather! We are currently offering 25% off ANY STAY at our fabulous Tuscany villas, Haybarn, Poggio and Capriolo. In the heart of one of ...read more
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Focaccia & Cappuccino for breakfast . . . in Genoa

Focaccia from le Coq Noir Focaccia in Genoa is a mouthwatering mix of chewy, salty and olive oily. At its best it is crunchy on the edges and soft and warm in the middle. The Genovese wholeheartedly consume Focaccia all day long, but they ...read more
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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 ...read more
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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 ...read more
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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 ...read more