Ask the Architect: San Gimignano Architecture

San Gimignano

A few weeks back I got my second question from a reader. (Thank you, Emily!) Sorry to say I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to post an answer for you yet, but here it is! The question: Hi Connie, In your opinion, how does San Gimignano’s architecture reflect its rise and fall of wealth and/or economic success and prosperity? Best, Emily My answer: Hi Emily, Thank … Continue reading

Interrail 2013 Viva Italia

Interrail 2013 Rome Italy

From August 2011 to August 2012, we lived in Pisa, Italy. Therefore, it was natural to add Italy to the itinerary for our backpacking holiday. Here are some impressions from our visit. Sweet reunion Beautiful sunset over the Arno River which flows through Pisa Cycling on the walls of Lucca Nightlife in Marina di Pisa with former colleagues Earlier in the day we made new dreads on the same beach … Continue reading

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

What started out as a structural blunder turned out to be the pride and joy of Pisa (partly reposted). It’s always nice to reminisce about bygone experiences, and especially when the Norwegian winter is lurking around every corner and seems everlasting. Last year the family lived in Pisa, Italy, and we had the magnificent bell tower of marble five minutes away from our home. (There were taken a few pictures … Continue reading

The Cinque Terre Experience – oh Sweet Memories

Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare

Winter has mercilessly arrived to the northern part of the world, and in lack of time and opportunity to emigrate to warmer places, we must try to find comfort in our golden memories from previous trips. Here is a short, but sweet, movie from one of our trips to the fabulous Cinque Terre in Italy. Enjoy! [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ISv7MlmVmc&feature=player_detailpage] … Continue reading

Architecture & the Love of Imperfection

Oldwrinkledhand

The imperfect has a certain charm to it. A rugged brick wall, faded paint, buildings that have visible defects – not because no one cares, but because time has done its thing and left its mark. It stands as a testimony to the history of the building, as well as to the people who have shared their lives within its walls. It has not been discarded and demolished, but continues … Continue reading

10 Things I Will Miss About Tuscany

Peaceful Talks in Lucca

A Farewell Love Letter Just about a year ago, my family and I moved from Norway to Italy for a one year to stay in the city of the slanting tower. Naturally we had heard about this famous entrepreneural blunder, but I must admit we had hardly heard about Tuscany. If anything I had the impression Tuscany was a nice place for old and sick people in need of a … Continue reading

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