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Saturday, September 11, 2010


My visit to Lucca with five friends from my writing group in Boulder is partly about tourism, and partly about writing and visiting with several of Dee's friends who now live here.

Here's an aerial view which shows the boundaries of the ancient walled town. Sorry, I didn't take this photo.

The wall around the town is high and wide and is a great place to stroll or jog, ride a bike, or simply sit on a bench and enjoy the view

We are staying in a small hotel across the street from the birthplace of Puccini. Music is everywhere and there are nightly concerts of operatic arias (Puccini wrote La Boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, etc.) Our hotel is smack dab in the historic center, with the church of San Michele at the corner of our narrow street:

You don't drink tap water here, but there is a fountain nearby where the locals fill their water bottles.

I climbed the tallest tower in the in town to get this perspective. Notice how narrow the streets are!

Lots of churches and towers here:

Here's the cathedral which will be the focus of the Volta Santa, a religious procession done by candelight this evening

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