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Old April 26th, 2012, 09:49 PM
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Tuscany pt.7

The Town of Lucca is very old, dating back before the Romans. The walls in the first pic were erected during the renaissance. Then later the earth was piled up around the inside walls to make a promenade for people to walk and ride bikes around the city.




Giacomo Puccini was born here. This is his statue that sits in front of his residence.




This piazza was built on the ruins of a roman coliseum. It was the only circular one I saw in any of the towns/cities I visited. Note the bicycles parked in the "square".





A typical street in town. Only delivery vehicles are allowed inside the walls. Residents must park cars outside, so they like to ride bikes. I may do a thread just on the bicycles, but the next one will be a birds eye view of Lucca.

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Old April 27th, 2012, 09:05 AM
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The bicycles are just parked...not locked! Doesn't it get stolen?
The piazza's cool...love all the antenna's on the roof.

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Old April 28th, 2012, 07:50 AM
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I love the "square" - what a great view. I'll simply add my voice to those that thank you for taking us on a photo tour with you Some very sweet shooting there...
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I love the viewpoint you chose for the statue of Puccini. Different and extremely effective.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 10:56 AM
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From your angle, John, Puccini looks like he's presiding over the square. It must be pretty humbling knowing you were trekking over cobblestones laid centuries before Pilgrims even landed on the eastern shore of the US.
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Another enjoyable series John. I had to laugh at the one of Puccini's statue taken from behind, a unique way of doing it. Keep posting.
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Re: Tuscany pt.7

Thanks for looking and commenting folks.

Rubina, some are locked, but my guess is that many of the people were sitting in the square and able to keep an eye on their bike.

Tim, I'm not sure humbling is the right adjective, but there is certainly a sense of wonder, and even awe.
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John, I may never get to these places so your photos are quite treasured and give one a sense of the real (vs touristy) scenery. To not embarass myself by asking, I had to look up Giacomo Puccini.....I'm obviously not an opera buff. I'm at least one fact smarter than when I started your thread. Interestingly, his statue (shown here as #2) is shown in the Wikipedia description. I like your presentation better. Nice perspective interplay compositionally between the statue and house. I assume you were using your fisheye on the delivery van.....or it needs some severe front end alignment work!
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Love all these, but the Piazza is my favorite. Puccini is sitting there waiting for Elvira, or one of his mistresses. I understand he was quite the Ladies man, but it seems all the great composers had a severe shortage of money and an abundance of women.
Awesome shots John. Hope you have more. That you want to show that is.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 11:54 AM
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John I have enjoyed this entire series. Thanks for posting them. It is one area of Italy I have not visited. Actually most of my time in Italy was between Venice and Trieste. I did make it to Milano a couple times though. It was a lovely city then and may still be. But that was before half of the members on this forum were born. It looks as if the Northern part of Italy is pretty much the same all the way across except for the Alps which are more Bavarian. But I do believe that there is something about that Tuscan sun.


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