Marvellous Marlow
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
2d ago
Marlow is a town located on the River Thames in Buckinghamshire in England. I was delighted to stay with friends in this pretty town. It is a charming Georgian market town with historic streets lined with beautiful houses, gardens, boutique shops, restaurants and cafes…come for a walk through Marlow.   The town’s most famous landmark is ..read more
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Winning Peccioli
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
1w ago
Peccioli has been named Il Borgo dei Borghi, the Village of Villages for 2024. For the past 11 years Rai, Italy’s state owned TV station, has held a competition to help raise the visibility of small Italian towns that might otherwise go unnoticed. A village is nominated from each of Italy’s 20 regions. Residents send videos ..read more
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Dolce & Gabbana overload
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
3w ago
From the Heart to the Hands:Dolce & Gabbana is the incredible exhibition celebrating the artistic and creative legacy of Domenica Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. It began on 7th April and will continue at the Palazzo Reale in Milan until 31st July.  Each room is an overload of design delights, a walk through the tapestry of ..read more
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Soave invaded by animals
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
1M ago
On our visit to Soave, a delightful small town  in the Veneto region of Italy, we discovered a town scattered with colourful animals. It was a miserable, cold, rainy, windy day, but the animals seemed cheerful enough. Hot pink snails were the first to appear near the Porta Verona, one of the entrances to the ..read more
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Visit the Bardini Garden in Florence
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
1M ago
Right now is the best time to visit Villa Bardini and its gorgeous gardens. The wisteria is in full bloom. I visited yesterday and forgot my camera! Fortunately, by absolute coincidence, I ran into a friend, Victoria De Maio. She very kindly shared her photos with me so that I can share them too. The Bardini ..read more
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Marrakech gardens
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
1M ago
The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is a 1 hectare botanical and artist’s landscape garden. It was created in 1923 by the French Orientalist artist Jacques Majorelle. The Cubist Villa was designed by French architect Paul Sinoir in the 1930s. The artist and his wife lived there from 1923 until the 1950s. Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge ..read more
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Things I like in Marrakech
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
1M ago
Marrakech is a sprawling, messy, chaotic place to be. It is full of colour in the markets and tucked away behind walls in stunning riads and gardens. The souks are a tangle of covered streets overflowing with things to buy and people wanting to sell them to you. All of the traders we met were ..read more
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An incident in Marrakech
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
1M ago
Today as we were walking down the narrow lane way that leads from Riad Mena towards the centre, a traffic incident happened before our eyes. A TukTuk came towards us and blocked a fair bit of the laneway. Coming the other way there appeared several forms of transport and nobody was prepared to give an ..read more
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Marrakech
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
1M ago
We are in Marrakech. We flew out of Milan. On the way up to Milan airport in the train we had all kinds of weather. It rained heavily on the way from Florence, then we had blue sky. From Milano Centrale to the airport huge white clouds appeared and made a stunning backdrop to the ..read more
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Sovana, a tufa town in Tuscany
Bagni di Lucca and Beyond Blog
by Debra Kolkka
2M ago
After our recent visit to the hot springs in Saturnia (Saturnia hot springs ) we stopped at Sovana, a charming tiny town in southern Tuscany. It is listed as one of the “prettiest towns in Italy” and it llives up to the title. It was almost abandoned at one point, possibly because of its position ..read more
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