Bagni di Lucca ~ Romancing Italy

Sep 17, 2006

Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca

Saturday the 16th.

I arrived in Bagni di Lucca in the middle of a rainstorm. The cloudy skies didn’t help the poor little house I encountered. It has good bones still, but has suffered over the years and the owners must have thought that the cracks and peeling paint were somehow part of its charm. Unlike my last place, which had everything imaginable for comfort, this little home lacked many basics, right down to the kitchen towel. No kettle, no coffee pot (gasp)! The lighting is sad, luminescent bulbs hanging so high the rays barely light the room. The bathroom bulb cover reminds me of the kind they use in mines – to protect the bulb from being accidentally smashed by tools. I hope when it gets sunny again on Monday, the house will cheer up.

What I do like are the stone sinks. There are two in the farmhouse kitchen, but only one is functional. The 6 burner gas stove is going to be wasted on me, except to boil water in a saucepan for my coffee. Maybe it will grow on me…at least, the price was right, and I should be out and about for most of my stay here.

I met Mr. Casanova today. I hate to think that I look like a desperate female, but it’s the only reason I can think of why I got this attention. Check out the photo of me next to the bridge. This is what I looked like!!!! I looked like some scraggly creature the cat dragged in. Casanova started chatting with me as we waited for the rain to stop. I had JUST arrived and was looking for a place to eat before I unpacked my stuff. Tony took over, made sure I got a table, got his friend who owned the place to bring my order. He brought me up to date on what was going on, or not, as the case was at the time in Bagni di Lucca. In general he was quite helpful and friendly which became TOO friendly. But Mr. Casanova, managed in the half hour over my lunch (I alone was eating – he took it upon himself to join me) to compliment me on my eyes, my hair (hellooooo), my diet; reassured me my car was fine parked where it was, even if I left it overnight (now why would that be of interest to me?!!!) told me of numerous places to see, all of which he would take me to; suggested we might fall in love....

He thought he had a resemblance to Sean Connery – all I could think of was Gary Pringle…

Sunday the 17th

Lucca: Busy town with an antique fair, regular fair (with ferris wheels and rides) an open air market AND a local football game. Rain doesn’t stop anything here. I liked walking around town, saw about five churches within the walls…..I think one would have been enough for that size area. They are celebrating Mozart’s 250th as well. There will be a performance on Sunday that I’m considering attending. I got a ticket for Puccini’s La Boheme for Saturday. Seems like the thing to do as they are celebrating their home town fella.


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