It’s funny how time works, you could be stuck in certain moments watching them slip through your fingers faster than you can appreciate them, albeit wishing with all your might for them to never leave your grasp. Then you return to certain realities, and time seems to move slower than molasses.
Luckily since I’ve been back in Florence, I’ve hit the ground running. There’s been some welcomed distractions including new accolade recognizing my tours and more of my published review/writing. Before I get to that, I wanted to share some mushy gushy- then straight on to business I promise!
After less than 3 months back in the states, a whole world of real imploded on my consciousness and I feel like I’ve returned as a somewhat different person. I made a pilgrimage back to Memphis thanks to Saveur, I played tourist in Nashville, again played house in San Francisco with random jaunts to my original roots systems in Southern Cali (L.A., mostly) and Seattle.
Now I find myself again in Florence. The comfort of being home over, time with my dear friends and family washed away, now back to the grind in a place which increasingly no longer feels like my own.
I do have a community in Florence I’ve grown attached to, and indeed it feels like a second home in way. It’s just some of the people I care for the most and a culture I feel at most myself with, is thousands of miles away. This is sometimes a painful pill to swallow.
Nevertheless, 2019 has kicked off with a good start. In 2018, I wrapped up by filing away some assignments one of which went live, and that is a a guide to the Best Bars in Florence for Conde Nast Traveler, read up on my guide here: https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-bars-in-florence
The guide lists 15 of the city’s best watering holes based mostly on craft cocktails but with a few enotecas and craft beer pubs peppered in. You can click on each place to read up on the more detailed, individual reviews like with Locale Firenze (one of my personal faves).
THEN I also found the established, talented journalist Erica Firpo reviewed my walking food & drink Aperitivo Tour in Florence on Conde Nast Traveler and it was a double whammy! THEN THEN it was included in her round-up for 13 Best Things to do in Florence….! Read the review here: https://www.cntraveler.com/activities/florence/curious-appetite-craft-cocktail-and-aperitivo-tour
Without words! When I started hustling for myself, I wasn’t sure if the risk would even take off. I admired others whose services were recommended by magazines and papers I loved (like Conde Nast Traveler!!) and other writers who landed big publication bylines. Who would have thought the desire to destroy my liver would land me such a responsibility with naming the city’s best bars? And being praised for leading a tour aimed at hooch-filled tomfoolery?
So there’s my update for now. Please enjoy- stay tuned for more stories and news from my little bubble in Renaissance disneyland.
In your hooch filled trust,
GeorgetteJanuary 24, 2019 at 8:17 am (4 years ago)
Great post and awesome job on the CN traveler guides! Ps. Very proud of you my friend for all that you have accomplished here, I’m sure whatever is next in life will be just as curious an adventure.
Coral | Curious AppetiteJanuary 24, 2019 at 8:30 am (4 years ago)
thanks so much, honey! I admire and love you to pieces xo
cassandracyphersJanuary 25, 2019 at 11:01 am (4 years ago)
I can definitely understand the feelings you have about Florence and the States. Sometimes “home” is such an amorphous concept. Congratulations on all your achievements! Would love to check out your tours next time I visit. 🙂
Coral | Curious AppetiteJuly 23, 2019 at 11:43 am (4 years ago)
Thank you so so much! Would be happy to have you:)