The Italianized Blonde

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Transportation in Italy

Before I begin to write, let me just start by saying, this could be a long winded article. I will try my best to keep it short but I have A LOT to say on the matter of public transportation in Italy and most is not so positive (which is rare for me). I am generally an optimist and can always find the good in situations, and at first I definitely took each late bus or crazy scenario as an adventure and learning experience, however, after far too many waits in the cold for over an hour, buses  ...

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Venice: Real World Disney Land

The first birthdays my husband and I celebrated together we agreed that instead of buying presents for one another we would gift each other trips! It is one of my favorite traditions!! It is not just a present I love receiving, but also one I spend almost the whole year excited to plan for Lorenzo. For my last birthday, Lorenzo surprised me with a trip to Venice. Although, it is almost three years that I have been in Italy, for some reason I had still not made it to this historic and very  ...

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Christmas Around Europe

¬† ¬†Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Well, I know I’m a little late but who actually wants the holiday season to come to an end?! Not me! So in celebration of happy thoughts, cheery music, time with loved ones, decorations and all the clean, crisp air let me share a few pictures of my travels around Europe and the Christmas season in Italy, France, Wales and England and all the magic it has to offer. And oh boy, let me tell you, it was MAGICAL! Christmas started early in Turin,  ...

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What I packed for a weekend in London

Recently, I went for just a weekend trip to meet Emily in London. I love weekend getaways and finally after many trips I have mastered packing minimally with a good variety of options for a short vacation! Here is my general checklist for a three day trip: Two pairs of pants (or one pair of pants and one skirt) Two tops: one comfy, the other more dressy Leather jacket, easy basic to dress up and down One pair of black boots that are comfortable for walking Enough socks and undies for every  ...

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