Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Italian Tour

I recently spent a week in Italy and here are a few pics.

My first four nights were in the lovely Tuscan city of Lucca. Lucca is a short train ride from Pisa and still has a complete set of Medieval walls. If you've never been and want to experience something less hectic than the big cities I can highly recommend it.

The wedding cake church of San Michele

The Pizza Antifeatro which was built on the outline of the old Roman Amphitheatre 

Lucca Walls are great to walk around. They are lined with trees and the Lucchese use them to ride bikes and walk. 

Lucca's Duomo

We spent a day in the seaside resort of Viareggio. For the tourist this is the promenade or Passeggiata a mare.

For me the highlight was the wildlife we saw!

These were taken from the top of the Torre Guinigi (a tower with trees at the top!!)

We then moved on to the city of Bologna (which I've been to before). We chose it as it was a great transport hub to visit other cities.

The next day we went to the town of Modena! Attractive small city but it was dull and grey. This is the duomo. Well worth a visit.

Alas no photos from Parma. It is a lovely city but it hammered down and so you'll have to take my word for it! But the duomo and baptistery alone are worth visiting.

Then we went to Ferrara. It has a fine castle!

On the last day we stayed in  Bologna. They closed a lot of the roads on the Sunday and the vibe of the city was fabulous.

My last memory was listening to this Jazz quartet in the Piazza Maggiore!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Wimpole at War

The National Trust's Wimpole Hall had an event last week "Wimpole at War" an I thought it might work in B&W so....