Friday, April 21, 2017

LUCCA STYLE

Today is our last day in Lucca and we are sad to be leaving.  There is so much to say about Lucca and all of the wonderful people we have met here, but for now I will just give an overview of the tremendous sense of style we see all around us, everyday.

Sunglasses!





Shoes!





Accessories!




 Espresso pots!
Spring colors

"Alpini"

Singing coffee pot (like whistling tea kettle?)

Clothing!


Whimsy!



Food!

Squid stuffed with squid

Pesto pasta with mussels

Tuscan ham and arugula pizza
















Such a wonderful place and so many good memories, and many more stories to tell.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

THE LION, THE LAMPPOST AND THE TRASH CAN*



Lucca is a wonderland of street ornamentation.  I never tire of beautiful streetlights



















Or decorative grill work
































Or building ornaments, whether tile, bronze, marble

















Dante



















Or door knockers

And doorbells

The Italians can't seem to help themselves - even the most utilitarian items are pretty.



And that's one of the things that makes a trip to Italy so special.

Audrey

*title courtesy of Jim










A WALK AROUND LUCCA

Lucca is enclosed by massive walls begun in 1504 and finished some 140 years later. Since the early 19th century the ramparts have been a public promanade which is used daily by joggers, bicyclers, dog walkers, strollers, etc.




We chose to walk around the city on top of the walls on Easter, along with much of the rest of Lucca.  The total distance is 2.5, 2.6, or 3 miles, depending on which source you consult.


The views were amazing along this tree-lined boulevard.



















Outside the walls is an immense sward, like a moat of grass.  No enemy could have snuck up on the Lucchesi!



Every so often we would come to a portal into the city...


Or have a glimpse of someone's private garden



And, of course cats.


The walls of Lucca are said to be the best preserved Renaissance walls in the world. They certainly are a true delight, and yes, we both went all the way around.

Audrey