Monthly Archives: October 2013

Dolcetto o Scherzetto

Halloween isn’t a big celebration here in Italy. I was feeling a little homesick for jack-o-lanterns and cobwebs, so I was quite happy when we wandered into an English pub for lunch today and were greeted by Halloween decorations. This … Continue reading

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Lean on Me

Walking in the Torre Pendente (the leaning Tower of Pisa) is a lot like being in one of those crazy fun houses at a carnival or amusement park. You immediately start walking like you’ve had more than your fair share … Continue reading

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Doors

I like doors. They’re beginnings and endings, leading you somewhere or preventing you from going somewhere. They say a lot about what you are entering or leaving. Here are a few I’ve seen on this trip. This one caught my … Continue reading

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Death as Spectator Sport

John and I had planned to go to Corsica yesterday via Pisa, but arrived at the train station to discover that the web site for TrenItalia (the national rail service) was wrong. No train to Pisa leaving Florence at 6:30 … Continue reading

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Celebrating Chocolate

The daytime temperature hasn’t dropped below 72 since we arrived, yet for the Florentines it is chilly. They bundle up like it’s Chicago which leads me to believe summers here must be akin to Dante’s inferno. Maybe that’s why they … Continue reading

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A Stranger on a Bus

Okay, so today I woke up at 6 a.m. and was out the door by 7 making tracks to the train station more than a mile and a half away. Lucca, a town about 50 miles east of Florence, was … Continue reading

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The Stone is Alive

John made reservations for us to go view Michelangelo’s David this morning at the Galleria dell’Accademia. We arrived shortly after eight and the lines were already forming for those without reserved tickets. No photographs are allowed. For a beautiful view … Continue reading

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