Author: Julie Butterfield

Julie Butterfield is a woman of average height with brown hair and doesn't think people who wear Birkenstocks should be judged poorly. She also thinks it's okay to accomplish very little in the day, and she changes out of her pajama pants when expecting a package.
November 8, 2012
NEWS

Pictures of pasta and other pet peeves

One of the first things we expatriates notice in our new Tuscan paradise, along with the brilliant architecture, breathtaking scenery and myriad gustatory delights, is our nagging suspicion that Italians can't stand us. We worry that they regard our mistakes and fumbles as warts on their culture, and we'
October 11, 2012
NEWS

Biking in Florence

With the nation's unemployment at a record 10.7 percent and facing the prospect of deepening austerity cuts and rising inflation, many Italians are trading in their more costly cars for cheaper two-wheelers. Recent statistics on Italy's automobile market show that it contracted 24.7 percent in
May 24, 2012
LIFESTYLE

Know your neighbor

The TF staff must often come to terms with the most common truisms about Italy, Tuscany and Florence. After seven years in print, we've pretty much heard and said it all. However, there are a few things about Italy and Tuscany that never seem to get old. And that
January 19, 2012
LIFESTYLE

Culture quirks

The TF staff must often come to terms with the most common truisms about Italy, Tuscany and Florence. After six years in print, we've pretty much heard and said it all. However, there are a few things about Italy and Tuscany that never seem to get old. And that
November 25, 2011
LIFESTYLE

Florence from the inside

Millions of tourists arrive in Florence every year, eager to explore the city's rich heritage of art and architecture, many doing so as part of a guided tour. Having to wade through or around tour groups almost all year round, most locals assume they will need at least an