Mine & Joan's Travels

Welcome to Mark's Travels

This site is about mine and my wife, Joan's travels. The site is under construction and is being updated frequently. Currently we are adding photos from our recent trip to Europe in October 2017.

The various galleries are listed on the right. In the two highlight galleries we have attached descriptions to all of the photos. However my spelling is poor to say the least. Joan will be updating the spelling and grammar as we move forward.

The plan is to complete uploading Galleries until all almost 2000 photos are on the sit. Then we work on posting a few videos we took. Next we will write artilces on various parts of our trip.

Moving forward we will make the site prettier and include past trips. We will add future trips as the happen. We hope ypou enjoy the site.

Mark & Joan


Travel Articles

Lucca Part 3 – Touring Day 2

Lucca Part 3 – Touring Day 2

  <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Day 2 of Our Lucca Tour Our second day (Day 1 Tour) will start where we left off on day one, Porta S. Donato. Turn left at the gate and find the via S. Paolino. Turn and take the street to the west.… Continue Reading

Lucca Part 2, Touring Day 1

Lucca Part 2, Touring Day 1

Go to a Google Tour Day One Starting at the center of the old Roman town, before leaving the intersection take a look at the building on the southwest corner (when I was there it was a bookstore). You will notice a stone shelf on the walls of the building. Above the shelf are some… Continue Reading

Lucca, Part 1, Why Lucca

Lucca, Part 1, Why Lucca

Why travel to Lucca (and here), a Tuscan city about 45 miles (80km) from Florence? Lucca is an old city. When Julius Ceaser along with Crassus and Pompey were here in 56 BCE, the Roman city was over a century old. The enigmatic Etruscans were there before that. And before the Etruscan’s traces of an even… Continue Reading

Eating in Italy

Eating in Italy

Italians make eating the art, not the food. Unlike the modern trend in America, Italians don’t eat with their eyes. According to a Florentine, if served a dish with fancy drizzles and garnishes they will ask “What’s the matter? Continue Reading