Art & Travel Photo Journal

[Photo Journal] Walking Around Lucca in Italia

Lucca, Italy (2017)


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Lucca in Italy

One of the tours that we have taken while in Italy last year included going to Lucca, said to be famous for its Renaissance-era city walls. Hope you enjoy these pictures!

“The journey is the treasure.” 
― Lloyd Alexander, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio

“There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.” 
― Wendell Berry, Remembering

“I keep going back
as if Im looking for something I have lost
back to the motherland, sisterland, fatherland
back to the beacon, the breast
the smell and taste of the breeze,
and the singing of the rain.” 
― Heather Nova, The Sorrowjoy

“You want to go back, and so you hold on to the habits you learned while you were traveling, because it’s better than admitting the journey’s over.” 
― Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

― Constantinos P. Cavafis, C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy” 
― Giuseppe Verdi

“Love, which quickly arrests the gentle heart,
Seized him with my beautiful form
That was taken from me, in a manner which still grieves me.

Love, which pardons no beloved from loving,
took me so strongly with delight in him
That, as you see, it still abandons me not…” 
― Dante Alighieri, Inferno: A New Verse Translation

As I wrote in my FB post dated 16 June 2017:

Famous for its Renaissance-era city walls, Lucca seems like a city from another lifetime, preserved for those who wish to be transported to Roman amphitheatre days. It has a distinct charm from Pisa, the more celebrated and flashier sister-city, with the infamous Leaning Tower. Lucca has a Sunday afternoon kind of vibe that reminded me of Intramuros, perhaps, in the 70s or so (without the swarm of tourists, and the gelato/espresso, of course). One of my favourites from today’s photoshoot.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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