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2.08.2010

Three Best Kept Travel Secrets - Off Season delights

This Three Secrets game started by Katie at Tripbase is fun!  




Here are the Three Secrets I have to share with you. 

I have a friend here in Rome who says to me "you go to all the right places....at all the wrong times!"  and he is right.  Italy in the summer can be chaotic, sweltering, and crowded.  Not exactly what you are looking for on your hard earned time off.  So, if you are looking for no lines, no umbrella wielding tour guides...read on for my advice.

2.01.2010

Paper Junkies Rome

It's a world of email and facebook and twitter these days...but still, I love nothing more than wandering around a paper store and adding to my substantial collection of stationery.




Old School Tradition


You will find an outlet of this shop in most of Italy's major tourist  stops...collect matchboxes with local monuments...boxes of cards personalized with initials....marbled paper covered journals, boxes and picture frames.
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Sleek and Chic


From a Rome map bookmark to the chicest children's party invites....this
is my pick for hostess gifts...dinner party, wine and opera journals are always a much appreciated gesture.

Colorful Whimsy


More Parisan than Roman...this spot on the beautful silk banner lined, piano music filled (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - Rome's Julliard is here) Via Vittoria is packed with paper treasure....you will also find  american boutique finds like Michelle Obama magnetic fashion dolls,  Anne Taintor snarky notepads, french tiny coloured pencils and notebooks, decorated folders and colorful metal boxes and pens and cards...
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So much cooler than Staples

This is our families first stop for school supplies...notebooks,  binders, pens...but the selection doesn't stop there.  Gift wrap,  party supplies, Christmas decorations....cross the tiny alley and there are pens and glue and endless art supplies
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Minimalism amongst the baroque

Just around the corner from the frenzy of the Fontana di Trevi on the busy Via del Tritone is the Roman outpost of this Japanese chain.  Filled with tiny staplers and tape rolls...neat rows of highlighters zipped into translucent bags...folders, notebooks, photo corners...I adore this japanese temple of order. 
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