Getting lost in Venice

Before visiting Venice in 2004, I studied guidebooks to learn the Vaporetto routes and the location of the churches and museums. I packed a map with all of the calles, campos and palazzos noted, confident that I’d be able to navigate my way around the city. I had my map, but no idea where I […]

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My New Life- Part One

My move date was March 30. I had been packing and purging since January. And then the pandemic hit. I was afraid that my movers wouldn’t be allowed to work and I would have no place to live. But they came through on that rainy Monday morning. “Social distancing” was a new concept and we […]

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Abbracciato dalle Mura

Embraced by the Walls When I decided to spend a month in Lucca, I anticipated periods of loneliness because I hadn’t travelled alone in a decade.  Life had gotten somewhat stale and certainly predictable.  I yearned to be out of my comfort zone. I wanted to be in a place where I didn’t know anyone so […]

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Walk the walls of Lucca with me this morning!

Do you have the time to meander slowly with me? It ‘s only 3.6 miles around the ancient walls. I promise you a great lunch at the finish at Trattoria Guilia.  I’m a bit lonely today, so I appreciate your company! But first, are you wearing comfortable shoes? OK, we are ready!  Oh, you should have […]

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Arrivato in sicurezza a Lucca

Arrived safely in Lucca I learned that a six-hour layover in Amsterdam is difficult at this stage in my life. Used to be manageable but not anymore. Even though there were tulips! Amsterdam is a “silent” airport but it was so cold and damp.  I was shivering and sweating, thinking I was getting sick. When […]

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