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Florence and the Chocolate Factory!

Each year Florence, Italy hosts the "Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale" (Artisan Chocolate Fair), a 10-day event where chocolate vendors from all over the country entice passersby with edible displays and delectable free samples. Here's a look at what gets the city to ditch their tailored Italian slacks for some good old stretchy pants: [caption id="attachment_8193" align="aligncenter" width="422"] Face and ...

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Lights, Camera, Pitti Uomo!

I was stoked when Thursday rolled around. It was the day I was attending the biggest fashion event in Florence: Pitti Immagine Uomo. I'd been trying to figure out what I was going to wear for over a week, and, needless to say, I still didn’t feel like I belonged there. On top of that, I found out just hours before I was supposed to go that I was going alone! By this point I was definitely freaking out. The ...

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The Florentine Hunger Games

Trumpets blare, the soft clinking of a metal breastplate bounces off the narrow walls, and leather creaks as the parade marches by while three young emergency medical aids do their best to explain to me, in broken English, how they prepare for the battle that is about to happen.  Sitting in the back of their ambulance, through a patchwork of phrases, I am able to haphazardly translate and piece together the ...

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