Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu
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Day 284 – 6 things I love about Florence

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I fell in love with Florence long before I became one of its residents. In time my reasons have changed and the touristy ones are long gone and left behind now. So, how does Florence manage to keep us trapped into its spiderwebs? These are six of my reasons: 1. In less than a month you are already experiencing Florentine feelings. Every single expat friend I have talked to has told me how much...

Day 147 – People watching and Piazza Santo Spirito

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There used to be a time, no more than three years ago, when I would walk on the streets of Florence, choose a spot and sit down to write or watch people. My favorite place in the world was in Piazza della Signoria right in front of Palazzo Vecchio. I used to imagine being one with the steps and listen to all the tourists change impressions, sighing in amazement at the sight of the palace. Every...

Florence betrayed me

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This week I went to a literary event organized by the Florence Writers Group, where Kamin Mohammadi talked about her book The Cypress Tree. It was a really interesting and insightful talk but most of all as I listened to the author’s first experience when coming to Florence, I realized Florence betrayed me or at least I felt very much betrayed. As I was saying here, when I first laid my eyes on...

Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu