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My feet are mangled. Mangled I tell you. This morning I wrote a piece using it as a metaphor, but it was stupendously self indulgent, beyond the works of Led Zeppelin and well into the calibre of Bob Dylan. I shall spare you all, but mangled feet.

I am truly back in the land of church bells. Lucca has been pleasant, rewarding us for having a longer than strictly necessary period here by revealing it charms after a couple of days. Initially it was less than I had hoped for; its walls seeming a paler version of Assisi and its interior a paler version of Padova, including a paler orto bitanico, but while it has has no new architectural elements (except a tower with trees on the roof), the culture is what has made the experience. This is partially due to my grasp of the language being broader than I had expected, with a larger than anticipated vocabulary being at my ready disposal. It is also partially due to the city having a genuinely impressive golden son: Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini, who penned Madame Butterfly and many others. There is currently a fine exhibition on his life and links to Lucca that Matt and I attended. The Tuscan food has also been exceptional (the olives especially have been sublimely balanced), and I anticipate more fine dining in Florence in the coming days.

This is a story whose details are best told in pictures, so I direct you to the gallery.


Aug. 27th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
Very majestic photo, with just a teensy touch of self-mockery to stop it from being pompous. Well-played, sir.

I also liked the Elvis graffiti. My current favourites are actually in random Boronia residential streets. One reads "The hokey pokey is what it's all about", the other "Save Ferris." I don't know why I like them so much but I do. Such a refreshing change from the usual, unimaginative tagging and bons mots such as "Sharon is a ho" or "Daz is gay."

Aug. 28th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
But it's not that Parkville jem:
"I used to love you Karen. Bitch."
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'd forgotten about that one.


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