Walking. Lots and lots of walking.
Composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, one of the stops on our trip. The city erected this statue in front of his birthplace.
These guys (well, the two with the suspenders) were fixtures in the lobby of our hotel in Montecatini Terme. According to the staff, they are 90 year old mannequins which were originally designed to promote the healing properties of the nearby hot springs. The two are supposed to represent the same person "before" and "after". So apparently, the springs not only made you thinner, they also made you taller.
I teased Mrs. Reed for not having much to do on the trip, but the truth is she was an invaluable resource and a treasured part of our adventures.
In the Vatican, even the admission tickets were works of art.
This sign was everywhere in the Vatican.
We're pretty sure it means "No Exuberant Dancing on the Stairs"
Far too often, this pretty much summed up a lot of our sightseeing.
For many, this was one of the best sights in our travels.
Performing for the students in Civita Castellana
Our 'pianista' Mrs. Richardson
Easley, Ottinger and Greenberg
The Matt Section