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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca April 28th 2008

Hello all- Well today we went in search of a vineyard in hopes of a tour and a couple of tastings. We were looking to head to a town called Monte Carlo which sounded like the gateway to several vineyards in the hills. Unfortunately the train schedule did not match our schedule so we were forced to take a train to a different city called Pescia just down the road 30 miles. We werent sure what to expect as the city was not listed in any of our guidebooks and the train station was quite small. Anyways being up for an adventure we jumped off the train in search of 'vineyard' tours. We walked the whole city (after a stop at the grocery store for salami, cheese, olives, tomatoes, and vino) and found nothing. I am ... read more
Part of todays adventure
Views from Tuscany

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca April 27th 2008

Hello all- Well it has been a couple of crazy days. Sorry for the lack of updates over the last few days, I am sure many of you were waiting for the Friday afternoon installment. The title of the blog pretty much sums up the last few days both in scenery and emotions. Ill give a quick recap of our events and I am such Lyndsay will backfill!!! Friday AM-Woke up in our Florence hostel with no place to spend the night, spent a few hours looking for something in the hostel and found a campground about 30 miles from Florence (peak). As it was the only reasonable priced option, that was our choice. And when I say reasonable I mean anything under $400 per night. Feeling good about our selves we thought we would venture ... read more
Enjoying the sunset from the Villa
Enjoying the day

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca April 26th 2008

Riding Bikes in Lucca!... read more
Me and Christy
All of us

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca March 25th 2008

Ciao. Yes, I know, not much blogging lately. We left San Casciano yesterday. We wwoofed for 9 days and stayed and extra day cause we found out buses dont run on Pasqua (Easter). We did get to enjoy Easter lunch with our wwoof family. They were great. Kirsten, Pascal, Rudy, Oliver, and Anna. We had a great time and felt like part of a large italian family. And did I mention the food. Incredible. We learned to make homemade pasta (ravioli and noodles). Wonderful local wines. We had an apartment to ourselves. We did work pretty hard a few days (clearing out brambles, bamboo, etc.. off a bank that was in danger of taking over an olive garden). And did I mention we both made a couple of prints. You artsy folks would have loved it. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca February 16th 2008

(Walk on the Walls) Our first "day trip" out of Florence took us to the medieval Tuscan town of Lucca (west of Florence, before Pisa). The historic part of the city is completely walled, although the "walls" are so wide that it is almost like a park with a tree lined "street" around the city. We saw kids playing soccer, and locals jogging or reading the newspaper on one of the many benches. We walked around for 2 (of 3) miles, enjoying the sunshine and singing random songs from musicals. I guess the streets and trees reminded us of Sound of Music (though set in Austria), good thing there weren't too many people around. I am sure people thought we were just culturally confused when we tried to react the Beatle's Abbey Road cover on ... read more
The Top of the Wall
Apartments inside the Walls
Roommates on the Walls

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca February 11th 2008

This weekend 6 of us traveled to Lucca, which is known for its food and its great wall! I left early Saturday morning and rode the train northeast for about 2 hours. Lucca was absolutely beautiful, very different from Siena, the city is surrounded by a massive wall which was turned into a park in the 18th century by Napoleon's sister. Saturday we checked into our hostel then walked around the very small town making sure to visit all of the Romanesque Cathedrals (see pictures)! Then we grabbed a sandwich at a little cafe and rented bikes. We rode our bikes around the top of the walls, each lap taking only about 20 min. (see pictures). At around 8 p.m. everything in the town closed, before we had a chance to get dinner, so we found ... read more
San Giovanni Cathedral
Inside San Giovanni
The Duomo

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca December 4th 2007

My parents (Big Mike and Rosie to everyone here now) came in for a week in November '07. I don't know how we survived the week, every night another dinner and another bottomless bottle of wine...At the end of the trip we headed up to Bagni di Lucca to say hi to some of our cousins and catch up a little bit. ... read more
Mom and Dad
Ermano and family

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca October 30th 2007

So, woke up and it was POURING. expected to view things little greyer than usual.... and I didnt bother to change my plans to go to Lerici since, I would be the same if I went anywhere else anyways.... So, got on the train to Viareggio..... then had to wait an hour for the train to La Spezia....which happened to be delayed for 45 mins!!!!! ARGH... all this waiting time!!!!!! (well..i guess its good.coz i can be out of the rain?? but...its cold..) Finally got on the train and got to La Spezia...and changed on a local bus to Lerici. Got there!!!! nothing was open!!!!! no fish!!!!!!! the pouring rain...I didnt wann hike up that castle!!!!!!! All I wanted, was some fresh fish meal...have a nice relaxing day... and every restaurant opened didnt serve fish.... ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca October 2nd 2007

And the good times continue. i have not been digilent at posting comments, but as you can imagine, i have better things to do. We spent 4 days in Florence, rained a bit but still got to see all the big sites we intended. our bike ride in tuscany was a bust due to the rain, storm, thunder, lighting, and hail. but the entire group was taken wine tasting, olive oil tasting, toured a castle, as well as had lunch with as much wine as we desired. And when i saw the roads we were supposed to be riding, i was relieved. Florence is fun, reminded me of San Francisco - the shopping, troppo caro! I ve yet to locate the apostrophe on the italian key board, and shift is different and the at sign (which ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Lucca September 26th 2007

Spent a couple of nights in Lucca. I really like it here. The old town still has the walls right the way round it, and it seems like they really keep out the hectic bustle of modern life. Went for a walk around the top of the wall yesterday and its amazing the difference between inside n out. Outside seems like any modern town, traffic, noise etc, and inside is completely the opposite. V little traffce, cobbled streets, much more relaxed! Needless to say, I haven't ventured outside the walls at all! Spent yesterday sightseeing but at a very chilled out pace! Went up this tower with an amazing view of the city. Went to see this fantastic Pallaza which used to belong to the guy Pfanner, who was an Austrian bloke who first introduced beer ... read more

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