Italy 4: – Lucca

After Pisa we headed about thirty minutes away to a nearby town called Lucca.  I have to say… of all the towns we visited, Lucca ranks up there as one of the cutest.  I wish we had had more time to explore.

The reason we went there was because we had studied the Italian composer, Giacomo Puccini, and this was his hometown.  We ate at a restaurant that was named after one of his pieces:  Madame Butterfly.

As we waited Parker played with his “Whiting” and “Miss-ile.”  He was resting his head on the table and watching the car as it drove over the menu.  

And this is what Parker looks like when we say the blessing.  We all have to peek to watch him and sometimes we say an extra long prayer just to enjoy this expression a little longer.  We are pretty smitten with him.  

Here the boys are enjoying their first of MANY scoops of gelato.

Remember that restaurant I told you about that we tried the very first night we stayed at Camp Darby?  It didn’t even open until 7:00 so we gave up on it that night. However, this night was the perfect night to eat there.  We still had to kill some time before it opened so we drove to the coast and watched as the sun set.

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What I think we’re doing today:

Today we have plans to celebrate Christy’s birthday at the very place we took her for her baby shower when she was expecting #4.  Mexico Lindo!  We like this restaurant because it’s the closest thing we (Christy and I) have found to the Mexican food we’re used to.  We decided to go today because children eat free with a paying adult on Sundays.  Seriously good deal for three families with a total of nine children.  I usually schedule these posts to hit at 11:00 am my time, but today I’m having this one post a little later because we’re also going to also celebrate Aimee’s birthday at the same time.  It’s sort of a surprise, and I don’t want to spoil it!  Speaking of “spoiling things,” I really hope the snow that is falling, which is gorgeous, doesn’t spoil the plans for today.

The dads in this group ROCK and are taking all the kids to their respective homes for nap-times so that the moms can go to dessert after our delicious lunch.  We will go to Maldaner one last time for some of that incredible chocolate mousse.   (Ooohhh… that means I’ll pass by the Christmas Market one last time!  GOOD! I forgot to get a picture last night of my “last visit” so I’ll have to do that today.)

Tonight we spend our third and final night in the hotel in Wiesbaden.  We can see Sonnenstrasse from here, including the house that has the really neat “Sun” sign I mentioned last summer.

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3 Responses to Italy 4: – Lucca

  1. Pingback: Italy 5: – Cinque Terre – Monterosso | thehamricks

  2. Jennifer says:

    Reblogged this on thehamricks and commented:

    As the 1-year anniversary of our leaving Germany approaches, I find myself getting butterflies, almost afraid to re-read these posts. It still hurts way down deep.

  3. I know that hurt — different hurt — but the hurt of looking back at pictures. Praying for you Jennifer…

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