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Sep 14, 2018 - Stage 21 Massa to Lucca

Photos to be added Overview/ Highlights Started the day with 20km along the coast. Only place I’ve ever seen breakwaters made out of chunks of marble!!. Had a coffee in a beach restaurant with a bright and happy Italian owner, who provided custard doughnuts with the coffee. We went inland along busy narrow roads. Very unpleasant cycling. A surprise sharp and short climb was over 20% gradient. A killer that made Gaylene dizzy and feeling unwell, so we all stopped for a break. Lunch was in Camaiore amongst the market traders as they packed...

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May 14, 2017 - Day trip to Lucca

Took a day trip to the small Tuscan town of Lucca today. It still has a complete wall around the town that is still intact. The walls were built to protect Lucca againsts attacks and sieges by Florence and Tuscany. We walked the entirety which was an easy 4.5 km. Stopped for lunch at local trattorie, gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnuts for me and antipasta for Loralie. Back to La specia for rest, planning and then dinner. Don't tell anyone but we were looking for a bit of spice and headed for the local Indian. Loralie had Chicken Tandori...

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May 25, 2016 - Ameglia to Lucca and rest day

Day 6 Ameglia to Lucca Bliss!! Instead of starting today's ride with a climb we had a lovely 12 km flat run until we reached the marble town of Carrara. We made our way through heaviy traffic along a confusing set of one-way streets. Inevitably, despite having GPS devices some of our group took a wrong turn and the rest of us blindly followed until our Garmin's began to shriek "off course". Lois and I stopped immediately while Paul tried to catch the bunch and bring them back. It took about 10 minutes to get everyone back on track. We...

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Apr 25, 2016 - Weird Campsites, monsoon rains and hill towns

This week we explored the historic city of Genoa, hiked in one of our favourite locales in Italy – the hills of the Garfagnana - camped at some really quirky places and ended the week just outside Montecatini Alto – (Alto means high) and this village is definitely that! Every travel trip has its challenges and our ventures are no different. It doesn’t matter how much research you do things are going to go wrong. And they did this week. April 25th is a national holiday in Italy – Republic Day, and we wanted to spend it and the preceding...

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La Dolce Vita

Oct 23, 2015 - Slick's Special Skills

Boy, what a day! Now all of you know Slick and you know the special skills he has in getting around. Well, some of you need to forget about a few episodes where he lapsed just a bit, but today, his outstanding skills saved the day more than once. Remember my last post when I explained about Slick shooting hard chunks of Parmeasen and pasta and I said no one would ever think to climb the stairs to look for us? I was wrong. About an hour after most of the little buggers left the piazza, some yelling up at us and others saying things in...

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Oct 23, 2015 - Barga

What a wonderful day. Wonderful family, wonderful sights, wonderful discoveries and especially wonderful food. We were up early and caught the bus to Barga. Oreste was there to meet us at the bus stop. We knew him immediately and he us. Poor Luka had worked all night and only had a few hours sleep when we arrived. Because he was the only one that spoke some English, he was woken up.. Sylvana served us a wonderful and very filling lunch and they thought we should have eaten much more. Oh and lots of wine. Oreste wanted to open champagne for...

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Oct 22, 2015 - Parachutes and Parmesan

We were smart bringing up all the extra food we did yesterday as considering the march up those stairs and the 3 mile walk around the city wall has our legs feeling a little rubbery today. So we decided not to parachute down, as the sheets we would have had to use are see through and might not hold the weight of me, Slick and the ever present backpack. Instead, we slept in....until 2:30, just in time for the siesta time here where everything closes up as fast as a speak easy during prohibition. Being we were late getting up and missed a...

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Oct 21, 2015 - Florence to Lucca

Lucca..what a beautiful little town. Completely surrounded by walls except for the train station and the "modern" town. The hotel we are in was a convent dating back to the 1200s. Alexander, our hotel employee and "full of information" guy ensures there are no nuns in the closets. Everything here is decorated in gold color including the hose on the hand held shower. We arrived at the hotel and then wandered all around for three hours, then a short break and out to dinner for fresh pasta then back to hotel. The streets are cobblestone...

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Oct 21, 2015 - Lucca, The Walled City.... and stairs....lots of stairs...

First, the photos will come a bit later, so check back as the Internet is a bit slow in Lucca. You didn't hear from us yesterday because we were trying to recover from the train, the walk, the stairs and the bidet. I will explain.... We had a lovely morning as we readied ourselves to leave Empoli. The meal we had at the restaurant we had visited years ago was even better than we remembered. We spent about 4 hours there enjoying a steak the size of Kansas and then walked to 1 1/2 miles back to the villa where we shared in great conversation...

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Oct 6, 2015 - Lucca bike tour and cooking class #1

A damned street light outside our room gave us a choice of two evils. Do I leave the window open and suffer the light or close the window and overheat. I chose the former but struggled a bit to sleep soundly. We woke late because breakfast wasn't on till 8 am but I could smell freshly baked croissants and fresh coffee for some time prior. It rained steadily during the night but by morning the rain had stopped leaving us with a steamy humid day. After breakfast we walked to a recommended bike hire shop to rent a couple of cycles....

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Oct 5, 2015 - Parma to Lucca

Parma to Lucca We set off after breakfast in a people mover, not the same one as yesterday, for the one hour drive to Bercetto where we started out first walk along the Francegiina Way. After a quick coffee Salvatore showed us the red and white markers which defined the pilgrim route we were to follow. The trail started steeply but soon levelled out only to climb again later. Underfoot the track varied from broken shale to squelchy mud and leaf covered ground. Here and ther we encountered large puddles which forced us to create a...

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May 21, 2015 - Lucca Italy

On our drive to Lucca and Montecatini we passed Bologna, the home of the oldest university in the western world. It is also the birthplace of Guglielmo Marconi the inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio. Between Florence and Lucca we pass an abundance of wholesale nurseries and paper manufacturers of toilet paper. We were now in Tuscany with its olive and fig trees. Lucca, a jewel of...

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