Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Messing About On The Beach at Viareggio In Tuscany on a Winter's Day.




I love the seaside and perhaps even more so in winter. A sunny day over the holiday gave me the chance to play with my new toy and mess about by the sea on the Tuscany coast around Viareggio not far from Le Mura Villa . 


As the sun sets on 2013, let me take this chance to wish you all  A VERY HAPPY 2014 




Friday, December 20, 2013

Lucca Christmas Lights 2013

I love Lucca at Christmas time. There is a wonderful atmosphere and the city is a perfect foil for all the Christmas lights. Despite the crisis and obvious cuts the comune have managed with some clever projections to create a really magical aura.
The Carrousel is always delighting Children during holiday and high days in Lucca. At Christmas time Santa takes a ride as well!
Winterland has come Piazza San Michele without us having to put our snow boots on !
The twinkling lights  make a perfect frame for the breathtaking mosaic on San Frediano.
This Signora compliments the decorations .
The Christmas must have for any city is  a Christmas skating ring.

Buon Natale e Tanti Auguri per il 2014  to all our loyal readers and thank you for your support.









Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Le Mura Villa In The Mist


When our guests have left Le Mura Villa it becomes our home again. At this time of the year and even when the sun isn’t shining my affection for Le Mura doesn't diminish. We love to light the fire in the kitchen and cook. Last weekend on a misty November Sunday my daughter Isabella took some pictures that capture why Le Mura is as beautiful on wet day as on a sunny one.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Lucca Comics 2013


The last three days Lucca has been invaded by more than 200,000 visitors dressed in strange, wonderful and sometimes scary costumes. Yes it was comics again. Here is a selection of characters; the protagonists love to pose but I prefer to catch them off guard, so here is  a medley of pics that I took as I was wandering through the throng.















 




Now the festival of comics is over Lucca's gets ready for winter and the city is returned to its residents.