Travelled to Lucca today and stopped off at Viareggio on the sea.
Arrived at “the lovers”, a small village 10 mins north of Lucca.
Relaxed and sunbathed before heading into Lucca for sightseeing and dinner.
It was so funny because we were the only ones with summer dress on - all the locals were wrapped up for winter 🥶
Lucca is beautiful and is a walled city. Recommended a really nice restaurant where we tried to eat 3 courses but failed - it is was so nice and great atmosphere
Started our day hiring a dual bike 🚲 Ian was convinced you could cycle the narrow lanes of Lucca but on reading the map we were only meant cycle round the top of the wall - got some funny looks but all part of the fun 😂😂 Had liquid lunch with a light snack hic hic and decided to climb a tower and enjoyed fantastic views over Lucca. Came across lots of parades and bands today - very entertaining. Found some beautiful botanical gardens with a terrapin lily pond and a most gorgeous cedar tree. The last photo showed we did find the shops 🧥👕👖and then.......the rain and hail stones came - we took shelter in a cafe and too rude not to indulge in a glass of wine (or two) 🍸
We got merry watching the heavens open. It was an amazing storm and funny watching everyone running for shelter ☔️💦🌬⚡️
Last day and decided to travel to Pietrasanta for sightseeing recommend by our host. Gorgeous medieval sleepy town and visited Sant'Agostino church which was beautiful.
Climbed the Hill to Roman ruins with ancient olive trees.
After descending and catching our breath recovered by a glass of wine at the cafeteria in the cathedral square
Traveled back to Lucca for about 3 ish, parked in same spot as yesterday but slightly blocking an entrance to a house but the house was up for sale and clearly empty.
Had a lovely afternoon in Lucca (not many photos) had a great pizza 🍕 and walked around Palazzo Pfanner - a wonderful baroque garden.
Finished the day with a lovely platter of cheese and aperol spritz 🍸
After a lovely long day we got back to the car park.... but there was no car 😱😵 I think we both knew it been towed away because where we had parked it - obviously very strict.
Won’t bore with details but it took us an hour and half and 90 euros later to start our drive back home. In the scheme of things not too bad - recovering writing this blog with a nice g&t
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