My Italy trip 2011 ~ and the trees

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Blog entry by EPJartisan posted 06-26-2011 05:06 PM 5505 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Italy was just amazing. We stayed in the Tuscan mountains inland from Pietrasanta, which is about 45 miles northwest of Pisa. It was a painting vacation, one of my friend’s counsin has a “Zingola” of an old marble mill at the crotch of two mountains where Michelangelo got his marble. It was a ruin when purchased and we stayed there once before a decade ago. Cheap to buy, long arduous and expensive to rehab.. it was finished after 20 years of love and work vacations for him.

The Zingola was magical and a great place to relax.

Spring fed stream flowing near the flower garden

The entry to our place has a pizza oven

My view every morning

The road into the mountains could not always fit two passing cars, and yet they drove 60mph everywhere.

We stayed pretty much in the mountains the whole time, I prefer being among the trees anyway.
Mostly the trees were Chestnut, a main staple of the local folk, nuts, wood, and honey from the blossoms.
Everywhere were overgrown terraced tree farms, and new ones in the making. The problem is an Asian bug that is infesting and eating out the trees. The government has tried pesticides and controlled burning, but nothing seems to be stopping them, and there are no predators that eat them yet. The locals are afraid, but what happy and friendly people everywhere.

As for trees, I saw basswood, fir, fig, walnut, chestnut, pine, sycamore, and a ton of trees I could not identify at all. I was very surprised to see American Black Locust and the Asian Ailanthus (tree of heaven) everywhere as non invasive species.
Fig (they are inedible) and others…

Abandoned chestnut terraces covered in some sort of Ivy that is slowly tearing them down.

But some resist…

Some are amazingly large…

Some of the asian insect egg sacks. too early to see this years damage.

But we did need groceries and see art work, so we went to Piertrasanta and Lucca.
In the cities were almost all cultivars… Cypress, Stone Pine, palm, olive and fruit trees, but there were some truly amazing sycamores that if not for the bark, I would have thought maple trees.
St Michael’s Chathedral

A mountain street lined with Cypress and Stone Pine

Stone Pine in Porta Veneres

950 AD church

150 year old sycamore in Lucca

Palm and Pine on the coast

Amazing cultivated sycamores at the local grocery store~

The 5 villages of Cinque Terre ~ Morolo

Mountain Village of Stazzema

Well..I took hundreds of pictures. Thanks for looking
It is good to be back in my own bed, but I will miss the food, the people, and the laid back culture.
~ Eric

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 05:41 PM

Thanks for sharing some photos, it looks like you had an amazing trip. As you said in the other blog, Europe has such history and beauty, hope to get there some day.
You know you are nuts about wood when it infiltrates and enhances your vacations. In Hawaii last year I took more photos of trees and woodwork than I did of my kids.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 06:16 PM

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing all of the photos.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 06-26-2011 06:23 PM

oh, wow! – yes, what wonderfulness to share! it must have been hard to leave.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 12:09 AM

Thnx for the tour. Looks like a very beautiful place, both in nature, and architecture.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 06-27-2011 03:47 AM

Thanks for the refresher tour, I have been to some of the places such as Cinque Terra, absolutely beautiful place.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 06-27-2011 10:39 AM

Sounds and looks like a very refreshing trip :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#7 posted 06-27-2011 11:51 AM

You wrote so well so that I was charmed by these wonderfull italy mountain.
You had a nice day in that time.thank you very much for your sharing.

-- I have no choice,but keep moving and moving ,I can

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#8 posted 06-28-2011 12:33 AM

I have been trying to think of some way to respond to this post without showing how I really feel about it. I have come to the conclusion that I can’t figure out a way. So I’m just going to come right out and say it.
I’m jealous!
I thought I had seen some beautiful countryside in the United States (never been outside the lower forty eight). I hadn’t thought about scenery so beautiful on foreign soil that it could not only compare, but surpass, some of the sites I’ve seen.
It looks like you all had a great time. I can also see from the photos how that trip could refresh and inspire.


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#9 posted 06-28-2011 01:12 AM

Looks so wonderful I start dreaming.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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