Month: October 2022

Mallard Ducks in C&O Canal

While walking on the tow path along C&O Canal yesterday, I was so glad to see three pairs of mallard ducks in the area of water that showed the beautiful reflection of the white trunk of a tree in the background. I quickly snapped a […]

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Leonardo Da Vinci Birthplace in Vinci

Our last tour during the recent “Tastes of Tuscany” trip was the visit of Leonardo Da Vinci birthplace and museum in town of Vinci. Da Vinci was born 4/16/1452 in Anchiano and died on 5/2/1519 in Cloux, France. He was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, […]

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Tastes of Tuscany – 4 – Lucca and Pisa

Lucca is one of Tuscany’s most beloved artistic cities, with nicknamed the town of a hundred churches on account of its incredible number of places of worship. It is the birthplace of famous composer Puccini. whose great pieces of La Boheme, Madam Butterfly that I […]


Tastes of Tuscany – 3 – Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre means “Five Villages” located along northwest coastal area of Italy. It lies in the west of La Spezia Province, and comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part […]


Tastes of Tuscany – 1 – Landscapes

We took an 8-day “Tastes of Tuscany” tour two weeks ago. We stayed at the hotel at Montecatini for seven nights and used it as a base to tour Chianti Wine Country, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, Florence and Vinci. As we drove through the […]