Monthly Archives: September 2012

Lucca the last city in my Tuscan tour.

Lucca has the energy and remarkable architecture of a much smaller scale Florence. Also home to Puccini and some unique crispy fried wafers called “brigidini.” The story is that these were created by the nuns of St. Bridgit by mistake … Continue reading

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Finding Marino Marini in Pistoia

One of my favorite places to visit in Pistoia was the Marino Marini Museum. As an artist it is fascinating to view a collection of one artist’s work a see how themes emerge and evolve over a lifetime. His female … Continue reading

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Lost and found in Pistoia

Pistoia is just a 17 minute train ride from Prato. When we learned the apartment upstairs was doing some major renovations we made hasty plans to go there to get away from the noise. My sister made reservations over the … Continue reading

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Faces of Florence

Florence is a feast for your entire being. It is a festival of sights, sounds and tastes steeped in a big pot of history. Try as you surely will, it cannot all be consumed in a visit or two. And … Continue reading

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Finding Sculpture beneath the Tuscan Hills

Only a half hour bus ride from Prato and you find yourself in this serene oasis of sculpture. The peaceful setting wrapped in the green, Carmigano Hills of Seano, provides a wonderful stage for these bronze masterpieces. The Quinto Martini … Continue reading

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Sweet relief for our tired feet, Viareggio!

Just a short, approximately hour and a half, train ride from Prato and we are at the beach. Viareggio is one of the largest beach towns in Tuscany. It’s like no beach I have ever been. The breezes from the … Continue reading

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Understanding Slow Food in Italy

I’ve been trying to understand why everything tastes better here. Some of it I know is because I am away from home for a brief stay, and I am taking the time to savor every new flavor. There is the … Continue reading

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