Ever since I arrived in Florence, Iíve never wanted to leave it. I generally donít even like going beyond the city limits (and sometimes not even the city walls). However, for the past year, Iíve been going to Paris to work for about two weeks a month. What is interesting is that I used to hold on tightly to Florence as I would a new lover. I almost feared that by not being here, I would lose my connection with my beloved city. But, I have learned over time that I can leave Florence and come back to it easily. I donít like being separated from Florence, but I now know that enjoying my time in another place does not take away from my enjoying my life in Florence.