Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 28 September 2013

Vicky’s Visit

Vicky arrived late afternoon on Tuesday 10th Sept and since then we have been out and about showing her the area and enjoying spending time here with us in Ponte a Serraglio.

We have visited Lugliano and Granaiola.

Shopped for Olivia, Vicky’s granddaughter, in Lucca.

Driven over the mountains from Castelnuovo to Forte dei Marmi.

Taken the ferry to Elba Island.

Made our neice Zora’s wedding handbag.

Wound our way up to Brancoli.

Been to Barga and Castelnuovo which has a great shoe shop. Very restrained – she only bought 3 pairs.

Cruised along the Cinque Terra.

Visited the Lucca Hospital.

Cherry drove us up to Vergemoli to see Debra’s house and down to the village of Fornovolasco.

We visited the beautiful city of Florence.

Walked around the nearby village of Benabbio.

Then of course there was all the dining, drinking and socialising.

Vicky getting used to drinking coffee – normally a tea drinker.

Cherry invited us up for dinner.


We went to a seafood evening at Osteria Bacaro.

Dined at La Cantinetta on Elba Island.

An evening overlooking the river at Circolo dei Forestieri in La Villa.

Lunch at Da Tosca Trattoria in Brancoli.

Another lunch at Antica Trattoria dell’Eremita up near Vergemoli.

In Florence we lunched at Robiglio before returning to Lucca for a couple of late afternoon Aperol Spritz.

Saturday 28th Sept was Vicky’s final evening with us. We had our last Aperols at our local Bar Italia and then on to our farewell dinner at Da Vinicio here in Ponte a Serraglio (only 200 metres to walk home). Perfect ending to a great visit.


Final farewell at Florence Airport – so glad you came to stay.



  1. I have enjoyed hearing and seeing your wonderful adventures together. It was very special having Vicky with you as well. Will try FaceTime again this Tues afternoon Perth time around 3-4. XX

    • Thanks Jill and yes having Vicky come over was great.

  2. You have been everywhere!

    • Yes, wanted to show Vicky as much as we could.

  3. Yum! Foooood! Drinnnk! I like it all!! :O)

    • All the good things – family, food and drink.

  4. Any time you feel the need for a couple of additional siblings let us know.
    Love Heather and Tony

  5. T looks like you had a great time hosting Vicky to all your favourite spots. Very jealous wish I was on the visit list! Wonderful to have the time together. Rob x

    • Yes it’s been really great.

  6. It all looks delightful. 10 days and we’ll be able to join you for a drink at Bar Italia!

    • Look forward to meeting you soon.

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