Category Archives: Lucca

My thoughts on Italian language school

My personal feedback on Italian language schools, after studying in Siena, Firenze (Florence), Lucca and Verona: They are fun! I have been at four schools and they were all fairly similar in terms of having a set amount of time … Continue reading

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Donnybrook not so fair

Yesterday my mother and I walked to Donnybrook which is the next village over and has quite a nice upscale supermarket.  She also needed to get a new prescription from her doctor for eyedrops she needs to take prior to … Continue reading

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Céad míle fáilte!!!

A hundred thousand welcomes!  I am in Dublin! I arrived last night at about 9:00 pm to about 50 degrees and winds of about 40mph!   I am definitely not in Kansas (i.e. Italy) anymore although the winds could certainly … Continue reading

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Arrivederci Puccini!

Tonight is my last night in Lucca so I went to another of the aria performances held at San Giovanni. I mentioned in a prior post that the town is being dressed up for the reopening of the Puccini Museum … Continue reading

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Montecatini Alto

Montecatini Alto is a tiny little town perched on top of a hill next to Montecatini Terme. It is reachable by a little funicular (€7, roundtrip) and I headed there for lunch today. A lovely plate of freshly made ravioli and … Continue reading

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Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme is a spa and wellness town located about 1 hour (and €6.50 roundtrip on the bus) from Lucca. Back in the 1500’s, baths were built but they were later destroyed in the many battles that occurred throughout Tuscany’s history … Continue reading

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The Yanks have arrived!

The Americans have finally arrived to save Lucca!  They rolled in today in jeeps and on motorcycles! It seems they are here to celebrate a September 15th WWII liberation date. It was quite a strange vision to see these vintage … Continue reading

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