The Caribbean-colored sand of Rosignano Solvay’s Spiagge Bianche (white beaches) is a side effect of a nearby factory that has been manufacturing sodium bicarbonate for 100 years.
Every once in awhile I understand why people think touring with a band is living the dream. Like last night, when we stayed & played in a restored 17th century olive mill on a 75-acre farm estate that produces organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs.
Photos are from Fattoria dei Comignoli in San Martino in Colle, Umbria.
Rainbow over the Adriatic Sea at Raphael Beach in Civitanova Marche, Italy.
While in England I didn’t fondle the crown jewels at the Tower of London, watch Will and Kate parade their baby bump around Windsor Castle, hear Big Ben ring at noon, see the sunrise at Stonehenge (although I did have quite the adventure there 2 years ago), attend a church service at Westminster Abbey, see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, or have tea the Queen …. So don’t even bother asking.
What I did see in the past 3 weeks was more miles of motorways, A roads, B roads, and teeny tiny country roads than the average Brit has seen in their entire life. Here’s what the UK looks like through the windshield of a big power-hogging right hand drive Vanny.
Cotswolds country road
Crossing the border into Scotland
Miss Quincy & The Showdown sharing the stage with the ghosts of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel at The Malt Cross in Nottingham – an old Victorian Music Hall built in 1877 with a stage tall enough to accommodate the sight-lines of a top hat wearing crowd.
This is what the English countryside looks like. You will probably enjoy the photo more if you know I traipsed through a farmer’s field in the rain wearing a flapper dress to take it.
Don’t tell England, but I had a love affair with Scotland.
Don’t tell all the other gigs, but Letham Nights was by far my favorite stop of Miss Quincy & The Showdown’s 2013 UK Tour.
Letham Village Hall
Letham Village Hall
The Clap and Tipple
Miss Quincy & The Showdown
A couple photos of Miss Quincy & The Showdown at one of the greatest house concerts in all of England (House Concerts York, that is).
Storytime with Miss Quincy
Joy “I will not be ruffled” Mullen (www.joyondrums.com)