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  • Day22

    Toskana I

    April 25, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Wir hätten nie zu glauben gewagt, dass unser ursprünglicher Plan durch Italien zu reisen noch wahr werden würde und jetzt fahren wir schon dem nächsten italienischen Highlight entgegen - der Toskana!

    Wir passieren Bologna nicht mit Wanda, sondern mit Radio Monte Carlo und feinstem 80er Italo-Pop auf den Ohren und finden schließlich unseren Platz in der Nähe der europäischen Hauptstadt der Baumschulen, Postoia. Was von der Autobahn noch aussieht wie der stadtgewordene Bauhaus-Gartencenter, entpuppt sich aber als wahres Juwel des toskanischen Kitsch. Schön schiefe romanische Bauten mit bunten Fensterläden bilden kleine Gassen, die sich zu prachtvollen Plätzen mit geistlichen und weltlichen Prunkbauten aus Carrara-Marmor. Nachdem wir diverse Metzgereien, Gemüsestände und Restaurants passieren, vor denen ihre Besitzer und Besitzerinnen mit vollem Enthusiasmus die Außenplätze herrichten, ist unser Hieper auf Essen so getriggert, dass wir uns direkt mal ne ordentliche Pizza gönnen - denn seit heute dürfen auch hier darf die Gastronomen öffnen.

    Die Fahrt in die Toskana steht eh im Zeichen der Premieren, denn auch unser Platz zum übernachten ist unser erster offiziell geöffneter Stellplatz. Uns begrüßen zur Ankunft zwei italienische Womo-Pärchen, die sich den touristischen Thrill geholt haben und übers Wochenende 10 km von zuhause zum nächstgelegenen Stellplatz gefahren sind - man muss sich eben langsam wieder rantasten, an dieses Urlaub machen! Unser Urlaubsbarometer schlägt auch in völlig neue Richtungen aus, als wir uns endlich zum ersten Mal vor dem Auto so richtig ausbreiten können. Wir auf Campingstühlen mit Kaffee in der Hand und Sonne im Gesicht, Alma spielend in der Strandmuschel - ein Sehnsuchtsmoment, der vom Rauschen des angrenzend fliesenden Bachs untermalt wird. Später ist dieser Bach auch Schauplatz des ersten voyeuristischen Akts unserer Tochter - beobachtet sie doch unverdrossen eine Krötenkollonie beim kollektiven Liebesakt.

    Und dann kommt er, der Regen. Zuerst ganz sachte mit ein paar Tröpfen vorm zu Bett gehen um dann umso heftiger aufs Dach zu trommeln, als wir im Bett liegen. Auf unsere Gute Nacht Stimmung wirkt es eher wie Kugelhagel, konnte das Mysterium ums undichte Dach doch bisher in keiner Operation mit der Silikonspritze gelöst werden. Und so liegen wir stumm nebeneinander und warten auf den Moment, in dem einer von uns das erste Tropfen vernimmt. Ob reiner Zufall oder doch heimlich von Ina durch Sabotage herbeigeführt: die Tropfstelle liegt exakt über meinen Kopfkissen, na dann gute Nacht!

    Dementsprechend mehr oder weniger geprügelt von der letzten Nacht brechen wir am nächsten Tag unsere Zelte ab und fahren tiefer in die Toskana. Ein Zwischenstopp in Florenz zeigt uns, dass alles gesagte über Pistoia in 10facher Größe möglich ist. Hier treffen wir auch zumindest mal zwei, drei andere Leute mit Kameras um den Hals und fühlen uns fast schon Mainstream. Dazu passend gönnen wir uns noch einen kleinen Besuch im decathlon, um nochmal das Ikea-Syndrom im Outdoorbereich auszukosten: 30 Minuten später verlassen wir den Laden mit vollster Überzeugung, dass ohne die gekauften Kleinteile unser Camperleben ein wahres und dringend notwendiges Upgrade erhalten hat. Bestens ausgestattet geht es also weiter zum nächsten Agricamping und in eine neue Woche voller Ungewissheit und Reiselust!
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    René Klaus

    Grandios 👍 Ich kann noch mal schnell zum Baumarkt wegen Silikon- wenn du willst 😊

    4/29/21Reply

    Almaaa ❤️ [Sarah]

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  • Day1

    Una pieve fantastica

    October 31, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Primo giorno di viaggio, la felicità e l'adrenalina della partenza è il carburante principale della giornata. Dopo una piccola cerimonia e il giro di saluti ai familiari poco dopo le 8 partiamo. Non sappiamo dove dormiremo, pensiamo a qualcosa sopra Pistoia poiché domani ci aspettano a Bologna. Il meteo non promette bene e durante il tragitto la scala dei grigi delle nuvole fa vedere il suo lato più scuro. Arriviamo a Pistoia con la pioggia che oramai ha benedetto il nostro viaggio. Ci fermiamo vicino il duomo per rifocillarsi, quando un ragazzo si avvicina a chiederci dove andavamo così carichi e appena saputo la nostra meta, ci chiede se vogliamo essere ospitati nella sua casa che è adiacente ad una pieve del 1200. Sorpresi e veramente entusiasti dell'incontro, accettiamo con grande felicità la nostra prima vera ospitalità... Che partenza!Read more

  • Day23

    Der Chef lädt zum Essen ein

    October 27, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Offensichtlich war "unser" Olivenbauer mit unserer Arbeit durchaus zufrieden, denn am Abend lud er uns in das Pfarrheim von Valdibure zu einer sensationellen Pizza samt Antipasti und Dessert ein. Da lohnte sich dann auch die lange Anfahrt im schaukeligem VW-T2 (Tom hatte sich gleich mit dem Campingstuhl einen zusätzlichen Sitzplatz geschaffen, der allerdings nicht sonderlich magenfreundlich war 🤐).Read more

  • Day84

    Pistoia Disc Golfing

    June 11, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Made some new freinds and played disc golf in Pistoia today. The journey was made possble by our trusty vespa! Also thanks to Manuel who owns Mr G's for a delicious lunch ans Pablo and Renita for letting me play their beatiful course in the Tuscan HillsRead more

    GRAZIE TO THE TWO OF YOU FOR MAKING OUR LIVES AND FAMILY EXTENTION IN THE WORLD OF DISC GOLF! YOU GUY'S WERE A GREAT SEND BY WILL . . . NEXT TIME YOU HAVE TO BRING HIM WITH YOU!!! LOL (ALWAYS WELCOME)!

    7/6/15Reply

    LOTS OF PENGUINS AT THE ZOO'S IN ITALY . . . I THINK YOU'LL FIND THEM THERE FOR SURE!!! :-)

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  • Day6

    Day 5. Pistoia AM

    August 30, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Well the heavens opened last night, thunder, lightning and hail. It appears there's a change coming. Hopefully cooler weather.
    After purchasing tickets for this afternoon's tour we visited some of the churches. There are lots of them. In the U.K. It's a pub on every corner, here it's a church.
    Pistoia has a reputation for its fine pulpits and so we went to see the two finest examples. The ones in St Andrea and San Giovanni Fuorcivitas.
    We preferred the one in San Giovanni. As you will know they have the symbols on them for Mathew(prayer book), Mark (Lion) ,Luke (ox) and John (eagle).
    The ceilings(wooden) were excellent but sadly the frescoes that once covered the interior walls have all but disappeared.
    The best frescoes we have seen are in the tiny Holy Trinity Chapel, Hrastovlji in Slovenia.
    The churches here have a lot of white and green marble. It must be a Tuscan thing because Sienna Duomo has the same features.
    It was a pleasant morning and in the narrow alleys the temp was bearable.
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  • Day3

    Day 3. Pistoia.

    August 27, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    There were two places we wished to see before breakfast.
    To view the biggest sundial in the world inside the Basilica San Petronio. 67 m in length built for the study of the sun's revolutions, studied through a hole created in the dome. Created in 1655. The dates and times of the sun striking the sundial are listed on a poster near the gift office.
    Today it would happen when we were on the train.
    The second visit was to the chords di Santa Maria della Vitae to view the Compianto, a earthenware sculpture composed of seven natural size statues. Unlucky again as the church was closed.
    We settled for a coffee and brioche ciocolata.
    37+ here in Pistoia but the apartment is great and comfortable. Arrived too late to do the shopping but there is pasta and sauce here for us to cook.
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  • Day6

    Day 6. Domesticity in Pistoia

    August 30, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Today was the day for washing and sorting ourselves out before we head off to Firenze and then the Via Francesco.
    I am busy finding accommodation for the walk. Due to the size and isolation of some of the places it involves a lot of work to choose the right option.
    I have included some photos from yesterday.
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    Day 5. Pistoia PM.

    August 30, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    After lunch we headed off to the Spedale Del Ceppo, a former hospital, now just a blood donor's clinic. The front of the building is decorated with medallions by Della Robbia and Benedetto Buglioni.
    From the 17th century the hospital was home to a medical-surgical school whose clients were the dead from the hospital and the prisons, bisected on a marble slab in the anatomical theatre.
    From here we gained access to the underground tour.
    As the city expanded its wall did also and the tour was along the former river Brana now diverted. Over time roads,walls and buildings were built over the river. It was interesting to learn of the city's history through the foundations.
    There were two former mill wheels. One was used by the blacksmith the other by the miller.
    The hospital's toilets and waste products emptied into the river where the people washed their clothes and was responsible for 2/3rds of the city dying from the Black Plague.
    The excavation of the now dry river bed is an ongoing project, and knowing the Italians, I doubt if it will ever be finished.
    An interesting tour and recommended.
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  • Day8

    Day 8. Pistoia

    September 1, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We were surprised this morning as we were able to sight see. The forecast was for rain & thunderstorms last night but not much eventuated. So off we went having our normal coffee and brioche. I have just trained the barista to serve Shirl's coffee as she likes it. An expresso with a little hot water. They say "un americano" . I say no and eventually She got the message.
    Our intention was to visit the Fortress of Santa Barbara first but a pleasant surprise awaited us. The Dominican Library was open. We tried to visit yesterday but it was closed. An enthusiastic young man gave us a personal tour. The library itself was not much to see but we saw some interesting frescoes and sketches. At one time it was the friars intention to have a museum of sketches. These sketches are the artists design for the frescoes which are painted over them. They have technique which paints a coat over the fresco and when it sets they remove it and adhere to a plaster base. The original sketch is revealed underneath. I was allowed to take a photo of one example.
    One corridor in the building had its walls covered in the original sketches.
    Did you know the Dominican's are "The dogs of God". (Domini cane).
    Another coffee and brioche and then we visited St Paul's with its bare interior walls. No frescoes remain.
    Finally we arrived at the Fortress. What a disappointment. A derelict dump.
    A final Pistoia gelato and we headed home with threatening clouds above. They disappeared after several hours. The forecast is for storms tonight with up to 10 deg drop in temp. Fingers crossed.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Pistoia, ピストイア, Pistoria, Pistòja, Пистойя