Finishing Italy up before another

number rolls around the calendar. that was a good idea too bad i didn’t make it but today I am sick with a cold that’s gone on for weeks. i am on meds so feel pretty good now except for a slight headache. leaving Lucca our next stop was Pistoia another of the walled cities that fought with each other. a part of the roman aqueduct system scattered through out Italy

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here we find another merry-go-round

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and another happy kid. after all this time to tell the truth i don’t remember much about the city except this is where the pistol was invented.

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this is part of the old city fort within the expanded modern city around it.

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i was drawn to this pond  of dying plants thought it looked nice.

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of course they have few churches and a special bazaar on saturdays in the town square.

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like all bazaars it’s full of junk, Italian junk but the most interesting things were the people

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sweet Nonna’s bargaining

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haggard merchants

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and this kid

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and dapper businessmen on his cell phone
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there are plenty of stores and one interesting museum devoted to a native son sculptor Marino Marini. we were blown away by his work and discovered another branch in florence. he worked a lot with horses and it’s one of the wonderful things about traveling. how cool is that. see Marino Marini Foundation for locations.

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driving around Italy in the autumn is sweet.

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always something to discover an old building here or there.

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due to the craziness of the world and religions we were planning to take our middle granddaughter and her sister to europe this summer. we planned Paris but that’s out for security reasons and Greece due to refugees so that leaves Italy unless something happens there.

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Italy isn’t a bad place to be especially if you’re hungry.



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