Here I go!

I've been told many times over the years that I should write travel guide books, but this is as close as I plan to come to that!

Since getting my first passport at age 43, I have gotten to go places in this world that I never dreamed of seeing, and I'm an inveterate note taker. My travels since 1986 have been as a professional travel agent...which only increased that note taking. I hope to share some of the things I've found interesting for one reason or another -- maybe for cultural or historic reasons, maybe just beautiful, maybe ultra good, maybe just hilarious. And sometimes just because I liked it, related to travel or not.

My speciality in the travel business is Italy, though I handle travel pretty much worldwide..and if I don't keep up with a particular area, one of the great agents in my office does. See for more about the professional side of my life.

Your comments and shared tips are very welcome! I truly believe "we get by with a little help from our friends."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

English language bookstore and paperback exchange in Florence

Ever been in Florence and run out of 'trip books' to read? Or on a rainy day just want the warmth of a that has books in English? Or have paperbacks that you want to sell back rather than carry further in your luggage? This is the place. PAPERBACK EXCHANGE has been around for almost 30 years, has stock ranging from used books to new best sellers, and hosts readings by authors and other community events. It's located in the Centro Storico a stone's throw from the Duomo, and is open daily except Sunday at Via dell Ochre 4R. See

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