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LUCCA, ITALY

Tuesday August 23, 2016

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Lucca, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Lucca, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Lucca, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Lucca, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

As we schemed up our next daytrip from the Bagni di Pisa, I was delighted to learn that Lucca was just 20 minutes away from San Giuliano Terme by train. On a map, all these cities and towns in Tuscany looked so spread out; I was certain the commute would be closer to two hours. Sure enough, we pulled out of our little Italian village and within a half hour we were inside Lucca’s soaring Renaissance walls in search of a bicycle shop. Several people had recommended exploring the beautiful old city on two wheels, so we rented two bicycles for €30 for the day. It was money well spent for all the fun we had zipping through the historic city …

FLORENCE, ITALY

Tuesday August 9, 2016

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Florence, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Florence, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Florence, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Sometimes the best decisions abroad happen on a whim, and that was the case with our serendipitous trip to Florence. Months ago as I pieced together our Italy itinerary, Florence was high on our “must” list … but with limited time in Tuscany, we opted to visit Siena and Pisa instead. It wasn’t until we were actually in Italy that we realized how convenient the trains were, and that Florence was a mere hour from the lovely Bagni di Pisa, in San Giuliano Terme. So we shuffled our plans a bit to free up a day, and caught a 5 AM train out to Florence to spend a full day immersed in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance …

GOZO, MALTA

Monday July 25, 2016

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Gozo, Malta www.bucketlistbums.com

Gozo_Malta_8Gozo, Malta www.bucketlistbums.com

Gozo_Malta_8Gozo, Malta www.bucketlistbums.com

Gozo, Malta www.bucketlistbums.com

For anyone looking to escape the chaotic wonder that is Malta, darling little Gozo (GO-ZOE) offers sanctuary just 8 km away, across a tiny channel in the Mediterranean. We arrived to the island by car ferry, and immediately felt the change in Malta’s quiet, forgotten neighbor. A mere 67 sq km in size, we drove coast to coast in less than an hour, passing through tiny villages and towns that seemed frozen in time. After a week of traffic, crowds and chaos in surrounding Valletta, we were ready to sink into island mode and surrender to the quiet vibes of lovable Gozo …