piazza pitti palace in Florence

Marian Parsonsa slice of life26 Comments

Originally, we planned on staying in the hotel in Florence where the rest of our group stayed before we all met up in Barga.  But, I decided to “call an audible” after I heard their stories about that particular hotel… It was noisy.  It wasn’t close to the “main attractions.”  The rooms were small, cramped even.  Those reviews were enough … Read More

villa moorings

Marian Parsonsa slice of life25 Comments

While staying in Barga, Italy, this was our temporary home… It is Villa Moorings, a family owned and operated hotel that has more of a bed & breakfast vibe.  Because it’s family-owned, it feels personal.  I would pop my head in the kitchen and ask for ice for my water bottle or plates and flatware when my mom and I had … Read More

flea market in Lucca

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Antiques32 Comments

I’ve been thinking about the highlights of my time in Tuscany and have concluded that it would be impossible to pick a singular favorite thing.  The places and experiences that were amazing, magical, awe-inspiring, and memorable are just too numerous.  If I was forced to pick one, though, our excursion to shop at a flea market in the walled city … Read More

15 minute European-inspired dinner

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness19 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  The first 50 readers to sign up for Blue Apron through this post will receive $50 off their first two weeks of meals, so you might want to stick around!  As always, all words and opinions are honest and my own. France and Italy were inspirational in a myriad of ways, including their … Read More

casa cordati | tuscan home tour

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home14 Comments

Wedged in one of the narrow streets inside the walls of Barga, Italy, is a 17th century home – Casa Cordati. It was once known as the “red house of the Grand Duke”, because Grand Duke Leopold ii of Tuscany slept there. This amazing, historical building offered accommodations for part of our group as well as a workshop space.  The … Read More

barga quietly captivates

Marian Parsonsa slice of life63 Comments

When Dana, the owner of Inspired in Tuscany, first pitched the idea of a creative retreat to me, she sent along some pictures of Tuscany to woo me to that beautiful little corner of the world that seems stuck in time.  I honestly thought the pictures were stock photos from a travel website.  Truly.  They were just too beautiful to … Read More

paris mélange

Marian Parsonsa slice of life57 Comments

Before we move onto Tuscany, I wanted to write one last post to scoop up a medley of things from Paris that I haven’t written about in other posts.  If you missed any of them, you can catch up on them here… 1820’s Silver Dip Pen The Louvre and Museé d’Orsay The Paris Apartment  The Sweeter Side of Paris Where … Read More