White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Out and About Sights, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy



Sometimes when I get too overheated from walking around town, I'll duck down under either Baluardo San Martino or Baluardo San Paulino and enjoy the cool subterranean air, the wonderful arches, and the temporary art exhibits.



On the other hand, sitting at a street-side cafe and people-watching is another way to chill out. It is like being inside a foreign film with no script and no director - life unfolding is the only theme.



Turandot, a cafe on Piazza San Michele is washed in sunlight as it faces south across the piazza. They seem to have an ethos here (broadly in Italy not just Lucca) that once you sit down and order something - anything however large or small - you own the table until you are ready to leave.  No bum's rush to vacate when you are finished, no guilt, just relax and enjoy. I can do that - but I do need more practice.


When we arrived in Lucca in early March about a quarter of the wall main path/paved surface was being redone along with plantings. Areas were cordoned off, big machines, trucks, and workers were creating quite a hubbub every day.  I said to myself, this will take months to finish.  Never underestimate the will to complete a project. Barely two weeks later they finished up the repaving, removed all the barricades and equipment, and the Passeggiata dell Mura was fully open again on the entire perimeter for all to enjoy!  The trees are starting to green, the air is warming, spring is in full bloom in lovely Lucca, and the wall is teeming with active residents and visitors of all ages and descriptions.


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