The “antique camellias” in Lucca, Italy

For years I’ve wanted to experience the festival of the Antiche Camelie della Lucchesia, but fate had other ideas.  However, this year, I prevailed.  And it was soooooo worth the wait!!

 

 

On a beautiful Sunday at the end of March, my good friend and I went on a mission to find the blooming camellia festival or die trying.  Fortunately, she found it without any problem.  She is a very smart cookie, that one.

 

Here are some of the fruits of our labor:

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And of course I brought home a beautiful white specimen with a gorgeous name to grow on my Tuscan terrace:

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