Cycling Tuscany

We celebrated our 34th anniversary cycling in Tuscany. The trip was organized by LifeCycle Adventures, the company we’d used in California. They give us the routes and carry our bags from inn to inn.

It’s a hilly place, dotted with little villages, medieval buildings, olive tree groves and vineyards. We ate pasta with abandon (and gelato too), knowing we’d be working it off the next day.

Flowers everywhere

Flowers everywhere

 Giovanni da Verrazzano was born around 1485 near Val di Greve, 30 miles south of Florence, Italy. Namesake of the bridge between Staten Island and Brooklyn, NY.


Giovanni da Verrazzano was born around 1485 near Val di Greve, 30 miles south of Florence, Italy. Namesake of the bridge between Staten Island and Brooklyn, NY.

Water Fountains

Water Fountains

A 14th century fortress

A 14th century fortress

A little rain didn't stop us

A little rain didn’t stop us

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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15 Responses to Cycling Tuscany

  1. You guys amaze me! This looks just fabulous! We are doing Croatia, in October. We’re taking our tandem… because I’m a wimp on hills, and on flats, and pretty much everywhere else. 😉 You, on the other hand are incredible. Way to go, Lisa!

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    • I’m so impressed and a bit envious about you and the tandem. I guess I’m too much of a control freak to relinquish that to someone else, and we don’t communicate well enough to do it. I spend a lot of time riding myself. Let me know how Croatia is– heard it’s great.

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  2. Looks great. Happy anniversary!

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  3. susanissima says:

    How delightful! Tuscany is one of my favorite places on earth. After the hubster retires, we may do an art tour via bike. Thanks for the inspiration, Lisa.

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  4. Randy Jackson says:

    Very nice. Congrats Matt and Lisa. RJ

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  5. jfrances40 says:

    What a fabulous trip!

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  6. jfrances40 says:

    And happy anniversary!

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  7. ………..Gorgeous!

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  8. Robinann says:

    I am so confused. When did you come back? Xx

    Sent from my iPod

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  9. Leah Singer says:

    Happy Anniversary! What a great way to celebrate!

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  10. Marsha says:

    Looks like fun, but hard work up and down hills! 🙂

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  11. What a wonderful trip. You are inspiring.

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