Knock, Knock, Knock’n on Heaven’s Door

There were so many beautiful things to see in Tuscany but I was definitely taken by the door knockers. Yes, you heard right. They have so much character and are extremely addictive to search out. See what you think…

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This obsession may be a bit crazy but there is something so lovely and inviting about these. Some seem to protect their inhabitants and some appear simply decorative. Regardless if the function, the door is the gateway to your home and I think they need to be jazzed up!

Under the Tuscan Sun

I really want to share a bit of our latest trip to Tuscany but don’t know where to start; it’s all too beautiful. John and I left to visit our aunt and uncle who were renting a house in Tuscany last Thursday. I had no expectations about what we would do or the scenery we would see so I was blown away. It was overwhelmingly gorgeous. They were staying in a hill town villa with very narrow and rocky unpaved roads. It’s a miracle the little Fiat did the job! The view was worth staying up so high though…

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Walking aground the area was calming and stunning…

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Our first day trip was to the famous hilltop town of San Gimignano. It was a tourist destination but well worth the trip. It was nice to have such seasoned tour guides in my Aunt Merle and Uncle Gary. We enjoyed the town, our first Fresco sightings and of course gelato…

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After San Gimignano we braved the roads to get to Siena. It was well worth the trip. The Duomo was outstanding and I’m glad that Uncle Gary insisted it was worth going inside to see the marble floors that are normally covered during other times of the year. See if you can see the quilt blocks I spotted in the floor. I feel inspiration for a project coming on…

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Our trip also took us to Florence. Can you bare anymore pictures…

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It almost feels wrong to visit these places dressed in modern clothes because everything looks like you’ve stepped back in time. If you imagined all the tourists and souvenir shops away you could believe that you were a citizen of the old Roman Empire.

We flew out of Pisa on Monday a few pounds heavier from all of the wonderful pasta and wine. Luckily, we had time to see the famous leaning tower before we went. Again, touristy but so beautifully maintained that it was worth the crowds…

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Once again the church provided me with some quilt block ideas, better get sewing!…

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A lovely trip all around. I can definitely recommend a visit. Just be prepared to drive up some steep hills!