Recently I went to the DeSerres art store with ma petite sœur looking to buy some art supplies or even one of the adult colouring books that are so popular these days but found this!! A jigsaw puzzle with a shot of Positano, Italy. I gave a squeal of joy on recognizing this beautiful place. The 500 pieces are big, so it was easy to finish till I hit the buildings in the picture. 😦 It was going to be a long process. Luckily the petite sœur who is great with buildings came over for a visit, and soon she & I were looking for pieces based on the way the buildings line up or look in elevation. There might have been some perspective in there as well! 🙂 We had the pieces in place in no time. I am glad I didn’t finish the puzzle on my own. This way it was way more fun!! Grazie, petite sœur!
From the very first trip to Italy to amazing Amalfi!! First time visiting Italy and with a group of women I had never met before. But what an experience it turned out be…The highlight of the trip – Amalfi! Oh my! They did ask we climb stairs as part of the hike prep but could have never prepared us for this hike to the town of Ravello from Amalfi and back in time to shower and dinner! The hike shook our knees for hours after! Can the Italians build on hillsides or what? The hiking kicked butt with SO many stairs to climb, but(t) was so worth it!
Lucca… another likeable town..
So easy to say “I love something” stressing on the word love. When one may not really mean that. I am guilty of that. So with my dear Firenze(Florence) I’ll say I like Firenze very much. I think to love something, someone or someplace you have to have a really long association with it. My initial reaction after a one day visit to Firenze was that it was ridiculously crowded and noisy but kept clean; and I was never going back. You know what they say about never say never… My 2015 Sept end hiking trip started in this city so I decided to go a couple of days ahead and also stay a day after. Not a lot of time but boy was I surprised! Still crowded, noisy and clean; but once the tourists left for the day.. a different Firenze. I walked a LOT and found some really neat finds – The Campanile (Bell tower of the Duomo) is a much easier climb and gives really neat close up views of the Duomo. A suitable challenger to Toronto’s St Lawrence Market right in the historic centre – the venerable Mercato Centrale. What treat it turned out to be. Fresh from the oven pizza – wood fire, of course – while you wait a couple of minutes, Chianti wine by the glass and really reasonable at that!! Aah..The AirBnB landlady told me to visit a peaceful little garden called Giardino Bardini instead of the more popular Boboli gardens. Which was lovely, empty, had a lot of shade and had a stunning view of Firenze! The San Miniato al Monte church where they have Gregorian chants with their evening Mass! Timing of said Mass is totally subject to change. If you plan to walk to the church from Firenze, it is a LONG and steep walk with a lot of steps. But so worth it! I didn’t visit the usual suspects of the tourist books but just soaked in the city. I realized I have a huge crush on the Duomo – Cattadrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. I would never climb the insane steps to the top ever again but otherwise it is my favourite structure after the CN Tower. And this is my favourite view of the city from piazzale Michelangelo!!
Here are some other shots of Firenze and couple of the David statue – some folks wondered if the painted statue in Mercato Centrale was the “real” one!