May 17, 2023

Every time I visit Tuscany, I return home enriched by the beauty, culture and history of the area, especially around our area an area of natural beauty.

Lucca often comes second to Melbourne as the best place to live in the world, As our chef friend, Aurelio says “It has everything, mountains to ski, beaches to bathe in, great transport links, cities to visit not to mention the beauty, culture & history”.

The other day we went to the village for dinner; it’s more of a hamlet than a village as there are no more than 20-30 homes. We sat outside listening to the nightingales as the sun set and watched the fireflies in their thousands light up the  valley. A simple but magical experience.

As the late Jamaican poet, James Berry OBE, a friend and neighbour said in his poem called Gugliano in 1998.

Like a mate, a place draws you to it.

We touched these undulating valleys:

they embraced and entranced us. Unlike

Shelley – who drowned in the waters of

Cinque Terre – we sank into the arms of these

I don’t think I need to add any more…

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