I stayed five kilometres outside of Siena in the hills of Tuscany. I loved being in the countryside but close enough to walk to the heart of Siena. I spent a lot of time exploring the art and architecture of Siena. Siena is place caught in a time trap. It was like nothing has changed … Continue reading Day 205-210 Tuscany – Siena – living in the Tuscan hills
I caught the train from Lucca to Pisa. I was so close and I thought I would regret not dropping by. Pisa is infamous for an architectural project that went wrong. The Leaning Tower is simply the bell tower of the adjacent cathedral. Cathedrals all over Italy have bell towers and some of them are … Continue reading Day 205 – Tuscany – five hours in Pisa!
I caught the bus from Lucca to Viargeggio to spend the afternoon at the beach. Viareggio is a seaside village that is home to the famous carnival of Viargeggio which dates back to 1873. I was told it is famous for “Lacoste wearing yachties and Italian families”. I definitely saw a lot of yachts and … Continue reading Day 204 – Tuscany – Viareggio – a day at the beach
I caught a boat to Le Cinque Terra on a balmy beautiful day in September in the Italian Riviera. I visited two of the five fishing villages. The five villages cling to the cliff face as if they have been chiselled into nature. They date back to the early medieval period. I sailed past acres … Continue reading Day 203 – Le Cinque Terre – a day in paradise!
I spent five wonderful days in an air b and b five kilometres from Lucca. My hosts were one of the kindest people of have met on my trek. They couldn’t do enough for me. They drove me places, taught me about the history of the area, made me fresh pasta, gave Tuscany wine, took … Continue reading Day 200-2002 – Lucca, Tuscany – Food, wine and a bicycle.
I had to change trains from Cannes to Genoa Italy and the Italian guard was not friendly when I tried to confirm the destination of the train – but his unfriendliness couldn’t curb my excitement at being back in Italy. When I boarded the second train there were no seats available. I tried to perch … Continue reading Days 198 – 199 Genoa Italy – Maps and exploring
My air b and b room was terrible – I had no privacy! The only thing that separated my space from the rest of the apartment was a divider which the host's dog would knock over. On both nights, I woke up to the dog just staring at me. My host slept on the lounge! … Continue reading Day 196- 197 – South of France Cannes
After arriving early in the morning by train I stored my luggage at the station and headed straight to the port. Marseille is the second largest city in France. It was founded 2600 years ago and I was attempting to understand the city and the history in 10 hours! I started by finding a coffee … Continue reading Day 195 South of France – 10 hours in Marseille
Arles hosts the biggest and most prestigious photography festival in the world and has done so every year since 1969. I spent most of the day looking at documentary photography in 10 galleries across Arles by 10 international artists. I was captivated from the first photo. Storytelling is a powerful way to learn about people … Continue reading Day 194 – Arles, South of France – Photography Festival
I spent the morning in the backyard of my air b and b in the loft garden. It was a wonderful place to sit, ponder and write for a couple of hours. In the afternoon, I decided to walk to Montmajor Abbey which is five kilometres from the old town. The walk started off great … Continue reading Day 193- Arles, South France – a pilgrimage to the Montmajor Abbey