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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

– Henry Miller

Hello there! My name is Colette. I am a fashion design student studying at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. I am specializing in special occasion. This blog is of my daily travels and experiences on my study abroad program with my school. I spent two weeks in Paris and one week in Florence. Enjoy! Please feel free to ask me anything if you have any questions if you are traveling to one of these cities!
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July/12/13
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Back home! Visiting my friend Melissa in New York City. I am wearing one of the shirts I bought in Paris. I love it!

Back home! Visiting my friend Melissa in New York City. I am wearing one of the shirts I bought in Paris. I love it!

July/12/13
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I will forever cherish this experience and the new friendships I made along the way. Thank you parents for making this trip possible for me.

And thank you followers for following me :) Although my trip sadly came to an end, I will still continue to keep posting on this blog of my daily travels. I still have so many photos to upload of just this trip! 

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July/12/13
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The ideal woman of Paris is well put together. She is classic, chic, and polished. She is conservative; layers up, not showing too much skin. She has a natural look; she doesn’t fuss with her hair and wears subtle makeup. She is effortless. In Paris you become more conscious of what you are wearing.

 

In Florence, I found it was harder to spot out Florentine women. Maybe because there were so many tourists? I can definitely say that the Florentine woman is less conservative. Their look is more casual, laid-back. They are more daring and wear bold color or prints. I felt more comfortable picking out my outfits in Florence then in Paris. 

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July/12/13
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Paris culture is much different then Italy’s. Everyone in Paris is more to themselves and not many can speak English. I never experienced a Parisian being cold or unfriendly towards me but Italians make you feel more welcomed in their country.

 

I personally prefer the Italian food over the French food. (Maybe because I am Italian? haha) The French food is very heavy and a lot of it is made with cream or cheese. Their baguettes and the croissants are delicious!! I had some great food in Paris, however, being there for two weeks, you can get tired of the food. I felt that almost every restaurant I went to there, they all had basically the same food on their menus. Luckily, the city has many varieties of international foods. In Italy there is a wide variety of food to choose from, which I loved. The service in restaurants is much slower in Europe, which can be a bit annoying to an American. Everything in Europe is so laid back. Not everything is rushed, which is difficult for most Americans to adjust to because we do not know how to stop and relax.

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July/12/13
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La Giostra was by far the best restaurant I’ve eaten at in Florence

La Giostra was by far the best restaurant I’ve eaten at in Florence

July/12/13
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La Giostra’s signature dish: homemade ravioli pasta with pears and pecorino cheese.
 

La Giostra’s signature dish: homemade ravioli pasta with pears and pecorino cheese.

 

July/12/13
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Rucola salad with tomatoes

Rucola salad with tomatoes

July/12/13
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free appetizer on the house

free appetizer on the house

July/12/13
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champagne on the house

champagne on the house

July/12/13
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La Giostra. Our last meal in Florence :(

La Giostra. Our last meal in Florence :(