Lucca – Italy

Cultural City

Lucca Cultural City

Just soaking up the atmosphere in a pretty square sharing dinner with friends.  Lucca in the Tuscany region is steeped in history, famous for its “intact Renaissance-era city walls”

Beautiful Florence

Florence is breathtakingly beautiful, full of style, architecture and art.  We only spent a day there with friends, wondering round the city in awe, absorbing the relaxed atmosphere but trying to take everything in of the amazing city, sculptures, art, people and beauty.  A walk up the 463 steps of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is a must and the views at the top are worth the climb.

Beautiful Florence

Beautiful Florence

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - Florence

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – Florence

Care to Dance?

Have you ever wondered why we dance?  It has been said that dancing was connected to religious rituals that were acceptable to the gods. It is suggested that dancing is one of the oldest arts, where man began to gesticulate with face, body and limbs, however I suppose that depends on your definition of art?

Three years ago some friends and I began dancing lessons at a local dance hall.  Previous to this we had only ever really done the gesticulative kind of dancing which probably really did look like some sort of ritual.

I never realised that dancing could bring so much hilarity – although I have to add that my childish sense of humour probably helps.  We glide round the ballroom now with sheer grace and elegance, showing off our long flowing movements and continuous turns.  (ok so we have probably never looked like his, but I think we are meant to, and one day we might).

Early days of dance lessons were often interrupted by fits of giggles at some of the terms used to express dance moves, which we were new to.   Ok so I know it’s childish but it was funny.  Back Side Close was one such expression to which we looked at each other and broke down in hysteria.  How did one close one’s back side again?

We can mange quite a few ballroom dances now, including the Foxtrot, Rumba, Quick Step, Waltz and the Cha Cha Cha to name but a few.

It is great fun while learning a new skill and keeping fit all at the same time.