Lucca In The Rain
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On Friday I headed out to a
weekend trip to
The day started out pretty
gloomy but by the time I had reached
I started off at a Villa
that my guide book said had beautiful gardens. And once I got over the
annoyance of having paid the extra euro to go inside the villa to see the very
sad and uninteresting displays inside, I enjoyed it very much.
From there I headed to the botanical gardens. After all I am here to study Landscape Architecture and I have some catching up to do. It was very beautiful but I admittedly probably missed most of the important things. There was an incredible collection of succulents and some HUGE ginko trees. Also, some very cool trees whose roots stuck up like stalagmites (or is it –tites?).
As I walked around that day I noticed the extreme number of people riding bikes in this city. It was crazy, even a little old nun! I popped into the duomo to see the really old wooden crucifix they have there. And was pooped and went to my room to read a while.
After I had cleaned up for dinner, some very friendly Brazilians came in and we decided to have dinner together. They regaled me with tales of all the places they’d been so far and all the places they were going.
The next day dawned with
heavy rain and all my plans of bike rides and beaches were dashed. So I bummed
an umbrella from the guy at the front desk and decided to walk some more.
Soon the rain had quit and I
decided to chance my bike ride along the walls of
Then after some more strolling and a shower it was time for what I was to find out was the main event of the weekend. Now, I don’t know what it is called but the festival I was about to see was amazing. Candles are lit all over the city (along a parade route between the Duomo and Santa Croce) and the really old wooden crucifix that I had seen the day before gets marched from Santa Croce back to the Duomo where it lives. All the parishes from all around the area show up with their special idols and all the parishioners walk with candles along the parade route. It was incredibly beautiful and very cool. I met a group of people from DC there as a part of the Lucchese del Mondo. There are clubs all over the world that are of Luccan heritage that show up every year to march in this festival.
I was at the starting point of the parade and once all the parishioners and priests and medieval drummers had passed, everyone started heading up to the walls. And after a bit of waiting and a bit of rain, the fireworks began. They were a little blocked by trees where I was but very pretty all the same.
And thus endeth my trip to