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
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.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Lucca is hosting an exhibition of Rabarama's monumental sculptures. This Italian contemporary sculptress is making a name for herself on the world stage and I can see why. The massive very powerful pieces on display in and around the city of Lucca, both inside, on and outside the walls represent the human form. The often contorted poses, for me create a feeling of aggression and the patterns on the surfaces of the sculptures emphasize these feelings. Lucca City and its wonderful renaissance walls make a magnificent stage set for Rabarama's formidable sculptures.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Most of the events were cancelled including the closing of the gates which in humble opinion should have gone ahead in some form as several hundred of us waited in the rain. Queen Elizabeth II after all at 87 managed to stand in the pouring rain for her Golden Jubilee!
Sunday the Gods had changed their mood and the cloudless sky hailed a glorious day. However the events had already been cancelled but the ceremony of opening the gates did go ahead. I didn’t arrive in time to see them closing them!
It was a strange feeling to see the great doors of Porta Santa Maria Closed and I had a strange feeling of claustrophobia, which made no sense, as the whole idea was to protect the populace. Anyway the flag throwers performed to the sound of the drums, trumpets sounded the cannons fired showing Lucca had returned to her glory for all of us to enjoy on a magnificent sunny Sunday.