Checking in

January 13, 2017


Hi everyone! I’m still touring Italy and haven’t had the best internet connection at our last few stops, but wanted  to share a few photos with you while I can. Right now, I’m sitting in a charming (what other kind do they have?) cafe’ having coffee, cream filled croissant, fresh squeezed OJ from local oranges, and listening to . . . Ray Charles sing, “Georgia on my Mind.”


We’ve toured what feels like, every inch of Northern Italy.


Starting in Rome, then on to Florence.


Celebrating Epiphany, then on to Siena, Montepulciano, Seravezza (where we met Mayor Tarabella — more on that later!), Forte dei Marmi, Pisa, Pietrasanta, then back to Florence.


Right at this moment, there’s a huge protest going past the doors of the cafe’. Waving flags and blowing whistles, they are protesting some sort of worker’s rights. The locals aren’t even paying any attention, so I think this must happen frequently. They keep telling me, “It’s a manifestation.” I have no idea what they mean. Of course, the internet isn’t letting me show you pictures of it, but it’s all quite interesting.


We’ll be back in Sweet Home Alabama soon, and I’ll be sure to send a few more photos and get back to blogging as usual. Thanks for coming along on the journey, and arrivaderci!


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    1. Thanks Pam. When you were here, did you pick up any dishes? They are all so pretty, but I’m afraid to try and bring them home for fear of them getting smashed!

  1. Bob’s picture of St. Peter’s is the best I have ever seen! He is a terrific photographer and gets the great color shots. Know you have all enjoyed this great trip.

    1. Thanks Savan. He climbed a lot of steps to get that photo! 551 to be exact! We used a lot of your suggestions once we were here and appreciate the tips so much.

  2. I’m so delighted you posted photos and I love hearing where you’ve been. Jim and I have been to a lot of the same cities and towns, exploring to we dropped! I know you are enjoying as much as I did. Looking forward to more when you return home. Safe travels Leslie Anne……….

    1. Thanks Emily. I remember talking with you about all of your travels. I’d love to see England next, and you are definitely the expert there!

  3. I am loving all the photos and the travelogue. About those dishes: get them shipped home! I see nice handbags in the first photo, so you have to get one of those, too!

  4. Oh that last landscape is a painting waiting to happen! I hope you are inspired to pick up your brushes when you get home Leslie Anne! I have loved traveling Italy with you!! Safe travels!

    1. You know, I started a journal and got through the first day, then we were so busy I didn’t write in it again! I’m hoping to sit down and go through the photos day by day and write where we were at the end of it all.

    1. Thanks Katie. These photos are mostly from my husband Bob. But don’t worry, the boys got plenty great shots as well.

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