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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa July 27th 2023

After an early morning Airport drop off of Alan to the Pisa Airport, Rose and I decided to spend the day at one of the many private beach clubs in Marina di Pisa. Our selection of choice was once again led by the stomach as the attached restaurant had some great looking dishes on their website. No, not totally, they were one of a few Beach Clubs which had a rock wall protecting the beach from the 1-2 meter waves which was great for wallowing in their lagoon.... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa June 15th 2023

It’s time to swap snow for gelato as this European tour continues! We are leaving the mountain adventures behind and traveling towards stunning Italian vistas. It’s another early morning! Breakfast at 6:30, leaving at 7:30, today is going to be a long travelling day! Another seat rotation - another day! The weather is lovely again, so a bit more vitamin D for everyone! After 3 hours of driving, snoozing and watching a bit of a film on my iPad, we arrive at out first comfort stop. We have just travelled through the tunnel at Gottard Pass. The ‘over’ road would have been a more scenic, but a much longer route, so we took the 20 minute option - the tunnel. Of the 5 Italian lakes, we pass a couple, the first being Lake Lugano. Not long ... read more
The views leaving Switzerland
The views leaving Switzerland
Gottard Pass

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa May 23rd 2022

Sorry about the late blog. I have had trouble sending out my blog this past week. We are now in the Cinque Terre my favorite place in the world we have two hikes completed so far and lots of exploring in Paris I will try to send this out to everyone. I will try to do a better job of keeping this up on the future.... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa December 14th 2021

No I don't feature in one of Agatha Christie's books as one of the famous murderers who kills victims by poisoning them with Atropa Belladonna, a poisonous plant more commonly known as Deadly Nightshade. Nor have I become the third gardener to accompany the two gardeners / detectives Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme in the British TV series Rosemary & Thyme. I have however become quite the detective when it comes to Medicinal Plants, but through a less scandalous and more simplistic way than by carrying out a murder. I simply visited the Botanical Gardens in Palermo, those of Naples and those of Pisa, instead. I've become fascinated by the medicinal properties of plants, especially those from the Asteracea family.This has inspired me to write four short articles on 4 plants from the Asteracea family, with ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa July 14th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Vous savez que vous pouvez communiquer avec moi, me donner votre avis, des conseils, des critiques, surtout négatives, au moins elles sont constructives, au travers des sections message ou commentaire. Sachez que moi je ne peux pas répondre, sauf dans mon texte, donc aux yeux de tous. Vous l'avez constaté dans le titre, aujourd'hui je ne suis pas allé aux 5 Terres, je me suis adapté aux conditions climatiques. Parait il que pour visiter les 5 terres il faut beaucoup marcher. Ce matin à 6h30, il tombait des cordes et ce jusqu'à 8h. En prenant le petit dej, j'ai eu l'idée d'inverser mon programme, et d'aller à Carrare aujourd'hui. J'ai soumis mon idée, à Super Boy réponse "good idea". Entre nos deux maigres vocabulaire anglais on se comprend plutôt bien. Je me suis ... read more
la Toscane
l'Arno à Pise
Pise

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa July 9th 2021

THE ABSENCE OF INSTANT GRATIFICATION IN ITALIAN SOCIETY For me, the way food is served at the McDonald's at Pisa train station represents the society I grew up in and university life. Opportunities seemed readily available as is food on the Mcdonalds menu, we didn't have to wait so long to achieve the things we wanted in life and society imposed few limits on our lives. And when we did achieve, we achieved big things. I think for our generation very little felt outside of our possibilities when we were aged under 25. Here in Italy, the society seems very different to how it is in the UK, in that, it imposes limits and like Italian food, its possibilities are delivered bit by bit, slowly and in small portions like Italian food, which is of course, ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa July 9th 2021

OLD TUSCANY HABITS I visited Giardino Scotto where I could work on a table in the shade. This time students from the Pisan theater were rehearsing dance routines and in a week or so the same outdoor venue will become an outdoor cinema in the evening. I always visit Eurospin which is a low cost supermarket chain but I find the quality of the food is much higher than such supermarkets such as the coop, for example. I nearly always eat a Pizza Margherita at Moise pizza place when I come back to Pisa. It still remains my favourite pizza so much so that even my friend Francesco didnt get me to eat it with Bufala cheese. I'll only eat the original Margherita! ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa July 9th 2021

I stayed in a new place called the Train station hostel, which was so pleasant to stay in and conveniently located that I extended my trip in Pisa. I met my ex flatmate who I had lived with in Il Merlo from February to May. His name is Francesco, and it's the first time we've met outside of our accomodation before, mainly because we were not allowed to during the restrictions and everything was closed. We met up at a Pizza place. It was his suggestion, and a great choice. Then we had ice cream in another place and I had a coffee. I cycled from Pisa centre out to the coast at Tirrenia, which is a flat path passing through beautiful fields, allotments, and farmland. I cycle through it every season of the year and ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa July 9th 2021

These are all things I call home. I have to call somewhere home now that I've fully accepted that I no longer have contact with my family. Ristorante Galileo with its 5 courses of food included in the day menu represents my Grandma as I used to enjoy her food. The rock I found replaces my friends Kat and Jess back in Leeds until I can get back there to visit them, as they've been in my life for almost all of my existence. Giardino Scotto with its lush green lawns represents my mum's garden whilst I can no longer enjoy the garden in the family home. It helps me to come to terms with the future when I think like this. I have to love these places as it gives me security. These natural places ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

Vado spesso in questo bellissimo parco centrale, ora chiamato giardino scottò o lo SCOTTO così chiamato dai pisani. E situato a est della città, sulle rive dell'Arno, a due passi da Piazza Guerazzi. È un parco molto pulito, verde e ben tenuto. Ha atmosfera accogliente e rilassante. Mi piace andare al giardino per passeggiare, e per fare jogging. E pieno di aiuole e fiori di ogni tipo. Ci sono grossi platani, le palme e labirinti fatti di siepi. Ci sono molte panchine e tavolini al sole e all'ombra, dove mi piace studiare all'aperto. Sopra i tavoli ci sono gazebi in legno e adoro leggere alla loro ombra. A settembre ho letto lì la rivista Psychologies. Ho passato molte ore lì in totale relax Adoro questo parco e per questo scrivo la descrizione in due lingue : ... read more
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