About Me

I am a 45 year husband and dad, currently adjusting to life back in the United States after living in Italy for a little over two years. I love spending time with my family, cycling, model railroading, mosaics and watching TV and movies.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


We slept in a bit this morning, getting up at 9am.  After getting ready for the day, we headed downstairs for breakfast, included with your room.  There was the typical buffet of scrambled eggs, bacon, yogurts, cereals, fruits, breads, juices and coffee.

Our plan today was to walk around Lucca for a few hours before heading home.  Unfortunately, we still were not feeling very good and, it was cloudy and raining.

Brandon plans our walk through town

Brandon wanted to walk on the ramparts that circle the old town.  This is a 2.5 mile perimeter wall built to protect the city from invaders.  Inside the city you can still see some remnants of the smaller medieval walls and the even smaller Roman walls.

No break dancing on the ramparts!  Actually, it was warning that you could slip and fall off the front of the walls

Katrina and Brandon check out the view of the town

We walked the walls, which are popular for biking when its not raining, to the opposite side of the city, about halfway.  From there we wandered through the desolate streets.  It's Sunday, so most shops were not open yet. After about 2 hours of walking, we were damp, cold and not feeling well.  We found our car, stopped at McDonalds on the way out of town, and headed home.

Brandon checks out the vehicle access controls

Warning sign.  Katrina told me that this symbol is what Italians use when they are taking notes and want to highlight something important...like we us the asterisk.

Our view of the KatEye view

Brandon and I like the stairway up the back of this facade - no railings!

This oval piazza sits on the site of the old Roman amphitheater

Mosaic that caught out eye, done in the Roman style

The old city of Lucca is very beautiful with lot so interesting Italian architecture.  It would have been fun to ride bikes on the ramparts that circle the city, but the rain would not allow it.  Overall, we are glad we visited.

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