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  1. November in Europe, Rome

    Early the next morning with bags repacked we were on our way to Rome. The Lufthansa flight from Paris to Frankfurt was pleasant and polite; we were amply fed and cosseted, in good German fashion. In Frankfurt, we were to connect with two friends flying in from home and continue to Italy for the rest of our trip. Their plane was late, we were waiting for them in the wrong airport lounge, and we practically ran through the large, unfamiliar Frankfurt airport to catch up with them and find our gate, ...

    Updated 12th February 2015 at 04:24 PM by JaimeB

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  2. November in Europe, Florence Part One

    The next morning held our last remaining moments in Rome. Alas, Enzo was not on duty to hail us a cab, and the concierge on duty was of a distinctly inferior sort. We needed a taxi that could hold the luggage of four travelers, so he counseled us to drag our bags the short distance to the Piazza Barberini where we could find a cab with a trunk big enough for all our stuff. We found one and were off to the Tiburtina station, where we were to catch our train to Florence. We rode on the Freccia Rossa ...

    Updated 12th February 2015 at 04:29 PM by JaimeB

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  3. November in Europe, Florence Part Two

    We survived the climb and had enough battery life to take more pictures of the Duomo’s façade, campanile, and baptistery on the ground. Back at the hotel, we conferred about where to have dinner. I had, during my pre-trip internet research, discovered a little place past the end of the Via del Corso on the Borgo degli Albizi called Natalino. Eventually, I managed to convince my dubious companions. On our way there, we passed through the Piazza della Repubblica, where there was a carousel slowly ...

    Updated 4th February 2015 at 11:45 PM by JaimeB

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  4. November in Europe, Venice and Home Again

    Venice was entirely something else, incredibly mysterious in the fog (the famous càligo, in Venetian caigo), like some surreal medieval dream. At the train station, a water taxi met us, and for about twenty minutes we sailed down the Grand Canal passing ancient palazzi on both sides. Because of the acqua alta, the high tide, we couldn’t get dropped off directly at the hotel, and had to take a short walk through the calli (singular calle), as the Venetians call most of the streets of the town. A ...

    Updated 26th June 2015 at 06:00 PM by JaimeB

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  5. Jean Desprez® re-launches Bal a Versailles® for Registered Users

    The wait is over. While Jean Desprez® develops its new fragrance (a very long time coming). It is releasing a limited number of newly manufactured BAV Parfum (Perfume) and EDT exclusively for it's loyal customers who have registered at the website. For BAV aficionados, this is the late 80's formulation not the early 60's.

    They are working on an early 60's version of BAV, but response to the "fresh" current version has met with positive reviews. They ...
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