Ever have one of those travelling days when you know you're trying to do too much? Adding a visit to Lucca after a visit to nearby Pisa brought that to mind. Parking near the walls was easy; the walk through the gated entry to the old town was short; the climb to the walls was short, but we were tired (and Mr. TwoInMaine was a bit cranky). Then we got to the top of the walls, and everything was all right. This is an easy, flat stroll (shared with bicycles, skaters, families with children in strollers, joggers) through a long circular park. We did about 3/4 of the tour, ending near the "canal" - the bed of the stream that supplied medieval Lucca with water - and then walked back through the center of the town. We talked, admired the view of the historic churches and towers and gardens from the ramparts, and just relaxed. Back in the town we stopped for coffee, window shopped, braved the large crowds that gathered only near the duomo, and left with a wish to return for at least an overnight. The "new" Lucca that lies outside the walls is a seemingly busy and prosperous place, but we did not spend time there.
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