Hotel Hambros il Parco
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... kind host, Lorenzo.
We're staying in a 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment right outside the city walls. It's terrific; marble floors, three balconies, all the breakfast things and two bikes included. We walked around for a bit on Tuesday, but not too much as we were all exhausted. We headed straight for an espresso at the place Lorenzo recommended, Caffe Ninci on Piazza Napoleone. I was surprised to see tents going up in the ...
... has been covered with flickering candles. The photos cannot do it justice.
At eleven sharp the firework display starts. Fabulous! Thirty minutes of colour and explosions. A truly memorable evening. This will be our equivalent celebration for the 4th. of July.
On the way home we stop at Campo de Miracoli, and find the Tower of Pisa beautifully illuminated. It is only illuminated like this once a year on this feast day. How’s that for icing on the ...
Today was Lucca, our last medieval town we visited in Tuscany. The 4.2 km walls around the town are intact and wide enough to ride our bicycles around under beautiful leafy trees. Because it was Sunday we had fun dodging many people who were doing the same or going for their Sunday morning stroll. We passed a classic car rally on part of the wall ...
... 19th C, donated by Pietro Pfanner, who was a distinguished doctor, philanthropist and the mayor of Licca in 1920. That was definitely an eye opener.
The garden with its octagonal fountain, ornamental flowers, shrubbery and statues can also be clearly seen from the city walls behind. Many are the tourists who just take photos from above.
Palazzo Pfanner was the location for the film, Portrait of a Lady with Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich.
... a very short period of time.
Class finishes at 1pm and when we push open these huge wooden doors we run smack bang into the students from the high school down the road, who also finish school to go home for lunch. There are kids everywhere and I love it. I walk with them into Lucca to get something to eat for lunch and walk back to my apartment for a quick catch up with my family on the phone or email.
I returned to school at ...