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  • Sunset in the Iris Garden

    If you are lucky enough to visit Florence in the Spring when the temperatures warm up, but the tourists are still slightly at bay, then you definitely should make a point to visit the Iris Garden.  Tucked just behind the Piazza Michelangelo, this hidden gem is home to what feels like hundreds of beautiful irises. […]

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  • Cooking in Tuscany

    When traveling, taking cooking classes are one of my favorite ways to get immersed into a culture; and so as soon as we booked our tickets to Italy I knew that a cooking class was in order.  When I looked for a class to sign up for in Florence, Walkabout Florence was an easy pick […]

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  • Lazy Sunday in Florence

    I had been planning all throughout last week to visit Orvieto for the day on Sunday.  But by the time Saturday night rolled around, my still slightly bothersome jet-lag and lingering cold had the best of me.  I was pooped.  So I decided to turn off my alarm and play the day by ear. And […]

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  • Life in Florence

    It’s kind of funny, I go to Italian class every morning, and my teacher asks me what I did after class yesterday.  I usually respond with something along the lines of, “it was good…I didn’t do too much.”  And she responds, “niente di bello?”  Asking me, “nothing special?” or “nothing nice or fun?”  Well, I […]

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  • Ciao Firenze

    If you weren’t able to guess where I was headed to from my last post, the cat is officially out of the bag, I am back in Florence (sigh).  And this is probably no surprise to you, but it feels so amazing to be back.  I am a firm believer that you can never have […]

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  • Time to Fly

    If you watch my Insta Stories, then you know that I have been hinting at some upcoming travel plans.  Well…the time has come, and I am officially en route to my next adventure, and boy is this going to be quite the adventure! So where is my first stop?  Well, I am so thrilled to […]

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  • Christmas in Wisconsin

    Growing up, having a white Christmas was the norm.  In fact, I can’t remember one childhood Christmas that we didn’t have a fresh blanket of powdery snow covering our yard when I woke up on Christmas morning.  And that was often the first thing I checked.  I would wake up with the excitement of Christmas […]

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  • A Wisconsin Institution

    Wisconsin – home to the Packers, cold snowy winters, frozen custard, cheese curds, cheese heads (including myself), and of course, butter burgers.  Nothing beats coming home, especially for the Holidays.  We can always count on a white Christmas, which also provides us with the childish joy of playing in the snow, long nights in with […]

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  • ¡Adios Madrid!

    8:30 a.m.  Today is our last day in Madrid, and we again chose to have a more lazy start to our day.  Even though we have taken a more relaxed pace to this trip (compared to what we normally do), we both have felt a bit ready for a day of doing nothing (or at […]

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  • Madrid

    5:45 a.m.  A much earlier alarm than we would have liked, but since we planned to catch a train to Madrid today, we wanted to try and make the most of our time. 6:15 a.m.  We checked out of our much adored hotel (read more about our experience here), and we were picked up by […]