Tag Archives: Baroque Gardens

Carpe the Sunny Diem

As I’ve mentioned – more than once, I know – I had a lot of rained out days on my last trip to the Veneto, which is one of the reasons I decided to go to Puglia on my next trip.(Leaving … Continue reading

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A Garden That Wants You to Think

Today’s post was supposed to be set in Vicenza, the city of Palladio.  That’s what I wrote at the end of last week’s post and that’s what I thought I was going to do.  I even did a bit of … Continue reading

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Baroque Delight or Flower-Strewn Barge?

‘The problem with Italian food is that after three days you’re hungry again.’  I came across this observation – or something like it – years ago, in one of those foodie magazines.  The name of the magazine and worse – … Continue reading

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A Cure for Road Rage and Other Modern Ailments

The next time you have to slam on your bakes to avoid crashing into the car that has just cut in front of you, or  you’re stuck, seething, behind a car whose driver turned on his – or her, these things being … Continue reading

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Off to See Pinocchio

OK, this outing isn’t really about Pinocchio,  although that’s why most people go to Collodi, a small village about an hour’s drive north-west of Lucca.   They go to visit Il Parco di Pinocchio.  An amusement park on the outskirts … Continue reading

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Not Your Everyday Beer Garden

When you visit places that are centuries old,  you generally expect to find bits and pieces of ramparts.  What is unusual about Lucca is that its defensive walls have remained intact. Four kilometres long, they enclose the entire historic centre. … Continue reading

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Perseverance Rewarded

My favourite quote on perseverance comes from H.W.Beecher:  “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will and the other from a strong won’t.”  I’m not sure which of the two was at play in … Continue reading

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