Lucca is a walled town. It was a fiercely independent city state and to protect that independence it has a very large and thick boundary wall. The wall is not really just a wall: it’s bricked on both sides and is filled with soil, is about three or four storeys high. The central portion is sealed with grass verges and lines of trees on either side. The total length is about 4 km, and in the evening all (it seems) of the locals walk, run, bike or rollerblade in the magnificent Tuscan twilight. Access to the centrale, or historical centre of town (ie everything within the walls), is via six gates, or porta.
Within the walls the narrow streets run between tall buildings and one scarcely sees a car. This is the town of bicycles. There are men in suits on bicycles; there are nonna (grandmas) on bicycles; there are women with perfect hair in stylish clothing, wearing high-heeled wedge shoes with fashionable handbags slung over their shoulders on bicycles; there are labourers on bicycles; there are tourists on bicycles; there are small children on the back of bicycles with their mothers. Cars, pedestrians and bicycles co-exist in the chaos of narrow streets, dodging and weaving around the blind corners
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siudzi (34141) 2014-06-18 23:56
What a lovely capture! So charming subject taken with a superb quality and beautiful artistic composition. Excellent image for your 600th posting! Congrats! Like it a lot! Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day!
pajaran (59045) 2014-06-18 23:58
Cestitam vam -600. fotografija na TE.
Interesantan tekst o starom gradu sa opisom, lep pogled na bicikle i zid, lepe boje.
Sve najbolje u daljem radu i zivotu sa dobrim zdravljem, sa lepim fotografijam na TE i dobrim kritikama.
Congratulations you -600. photos on TE.
An interesting article on the old town with a description, a nice view of the bicycle and the wall, beautiful colors.
All the best in their future work and life with good health, with beautiful photos to TE and good reviews.
All the best.
emka (94356) 2014-06-19 0:10
Hi Rosemary, I saw the miniature and the tile and wondered which town is a town of bicycles? I haven't been in Lucca so I couldmn't guess but for me Ferrara deserves this name. There were bikes everywhere. see here.
Very nice compoisition wsith hese two bikes against the old worn wall. Charming picture.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Congratulations for your 600 beautiful photos!! Time flies..
And sorry, I haven't noticed that I was runout of smileys :(, there should be new ones already.
tenretin (2545) 2014-06-19 0:30
Une photo simple en apparence mais bien pensée dans sa réalisation.
Bravo et bonne journée
mohammad_H (9896) 2014-06-19 1:12
Cycling, memories of childhood and adolescence
Go to school, and have fun on dirt roads
holmertz (50766) 2014-06-19 1:23
You have composed this original photo very nicely. I like the rough surface of the wall and the pink square to the left. The bicycles are not just nice complements to the plain background but obviously have a symbolic significance according to your note. Although no people are seen this is the kind of photo that I too had would have enjoyed taking. For some strange reason I am attracted to this kind of rough environment just as much as to the beautiful palaces.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-06-19 2:16
le sujet est simple mais bien traité, l'aspect du donne une note nostalgique et poétique à la photo que j'aime beaucoup. Bien vu.
COSTANTINO (63675) 2014-06-19 4:04
Hello my dear friend
at first many wishes for your 6ooth photo
I love bicycles and all my family has
a bicycle is necessary in our days
in order to avoid the use of a car
simple but useful composition
have a nice time
dkmurphys (57033) 2014-06-19 4:59
Simple and very attractive. The perfect way of moving into a town with narrow streets. Well seen.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-19 5:01
firstly - congratulations on 600 images! Always of top quality, interest and appeal. This is no exception being both simple, arty and compelling. Wonderful! - raising a glass to the next 600!
Sergiom (76276) 2014-06-19 5:30
Un sujet aussi intéressant que son arrière plan. Beaucoup de texture, comme une toile au théâtre. Un cadrage simple mais efficace.
mursaloglu (8682) 2014-06-19 8:08
I like this minimalist texture pic. Great shot and idea using only the cycles. Bravo
Silvio1953 (139811) 2014-06-19 11:45
Ciao Rosemary, comngratulations for your 600 post on TE lovely composition with nice bikes, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (45782) 2014-06-19 13:59
complimenti per le 600 foto, un grande traguardo e mi fa particolarmente piacere vedere che hai utilizzato Lucca per festeggiare.
Splendida descrizione di ciò che succede tra le strette strade di Lucca, impeccabile e divertente.
PS in realtà, come dice Malgo, la città delle bici è Ferrara, ma di sicuro Lucca lo è per la Toscana.
Gigidusud (20717) 2014-06-19 14:24
Congratulations for your 600th! Nice composition from Lucca. Well done!
PiotrF (16654) 2014-06-19 14:41
Congratulations for your 600th posting in TE!
I like the idea and attractive result. Interesting picture with good sharpness, color and quality. Regards
batalay (38541) 2014-06-19 15:17
I think this is a classic for Trekearth. In the exquisitely composed shot, the two bicycles are seen leaning against the backdrop of an old stucco wall, the colors and textures characterizing Medieval and Renaissance Italy perfectly. What I remember best from a pair of short visits to Lucca is a piazza with a seated statue of a favorite son, Puccini, and in a second floor window in the background the ubiquitous and tattered Communist Party flag.
The two bicycles, one quite modern, and the other more classic and timeless. are the end result of eight decades of evolution of bicycles from AD 1818 to 1895. In the beginning a man would take a pair of wheels for a walk. Then they introduced unicycles, unicylces balanced with a small wheel in front, then a unicycle balanced with a small wheel in the back. In 1895, simultaneously but independently, a French engineer and a German engineer designed the modern bicycle — replete with two equal size wheels, a handlebar, a seat, a large gear and pedals providing mechanical advantage to a small gear in the back via a chain. Now take a look at the design discovered in Leonardo's Madrid Codex around 1963. The drawing (third one down) dates to around 1500. In the link, it says, "Now known to be a forgery." The truth is, when the Madrid Codex was first discovered in 1963, the art historian who found it laminated that particular drawing in plastic. We will never know!
Have a good weekend,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-19 22:15
Bravo et merci pour ces 600 photos que tu as partagées avec nous. J'aime la composition et les tons d'image de celle-ci.
gildasjan (43434) 2014-06-20 10:24
Belle mise en valeur de ces vélos bien cadrés face à ce mur dont les couleurs vieillissantes créent un peu de mystère ici.
abmdsudi (52377) 2014-06-20 11:45
Congrats on your 600th.
You do not capture the picture, you create it. Lovely angle and positioning with the treatment is perfect for the textures, and the bikes' colours lift the image strikingly. Excellent cool capture, Congrats.
dekanski (5020) 2014-06-20 15:57
Wonderful photos for a jubilee picture!
delpeoples (57264) 2014-06-21 3:39
Ciao cara Rosemary
And a happy 600 photos to you, may there be many hundreds, or thousands more. I like the minimalism here and the textures on the wall. The placement of the bikes off-centre are very artistic. I like it a lot.
Glint (6171) 2014-06-22 10:49
as soon as I saw your title I guessed it must be Lucca. A delightful place. Your simple photo distils the essence of the place. I have happy memories of walking the city walls accompanied by many cyclists both tourists and locals. I like the texture of the wall and the faint graffiti.
Congratulations on your 600th post. May you post many more.
macjake (66546) 2014-06-22 17:06
I missed your 600th, and lets hope you're here for another 600 at least right! :)
there are so many photo opps like this all over Italy isn't there! I came across this scene i million times in Havana :)
I like that one bike is male, one bike is female too.
its a couple haha
rigoletto (34279) 2014-06-23 0:05
my warmst wishes, dear rosemary, and congratulations for your 600th on TE. its a big number of dedication. let's say the Wall is TE itself, and the bikes are TEarthers. so we all have ways to go :)
rogerl (1616) 2014-06-23 13:22
Rosemary, congrats on your 600th posting. That's pretty amazing. This is a pretty shot, with interesting pastel colors, well-balanced with the bicycles at the right. I found Lucca an amazing beautiful and interesting town; unfortunately, when we were there, it was raining hard almost the entire time.
jemaflor (95295) 2014-06-23 23:02
Simple composition, well seen and interesting photogenic result, light is well managed, bravo for your 600 th and all your shots, tfs.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-07-01 11:27
Congratulations on the 600th post here! Wonderful minimal shot to celebrate with; the bikes which are, as you say, evocative of the place itself, and the rich color and texture of the wall behind them. Lovely work in lower-light conditions.