While we lived Florence, our friend Nate introduced us to his Italian friend, Yari. Yari was nice enough to bring us along on a weekend day trip to the Tuscan town of Lucca.
Nate, Yari, and Davide are all photographers. Lucca is currently hosting a huge photo exhibit that includes 20 locations to see photo exhibitions all over the city. What better excuse to wander the streets of Lucca while seeing fantastic photography?
We piled into Yaris car and took the highway from Florence to Lucca. Yari’s car reminded me of the Scooby Doo hippie van. Inside it’s been gutted to include a table, counter and couch area. Perfect for traveling!
When you get to Lucca, you can’t miss the main entrance. It’s a huge door carved out of a medieval wall. The entire city is still surrounded by this medieval wall. Nowadays though, unlike old times, the top of the wall has been turned into a park. You can bike and walk around while getting a beautiful view of the city.
Our first stop was the World press photo exhibit. This was an exhibit including all the winning photographs from this year’s photojournalism reporting. There were lot of different subjects. The pictures focused on war, refugees, and natural disasters. It really forced you to recognize the “real” state of the world. And maybe count your blessings a little harder. Of course, besides awareness, the photos were great because they give you a lens into other parts of the world.
Another moving photo exhibit focused on the refugees experience and how they have handles the refugee crisis in Europe.
After the first few photo exhibits we took a break and I bought the best sandwich of my life at Pan Di Strada. I got the #26.