Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 25, 2012

My favourite photos from 2012

2012 has been a fun and interesting year. I have taken thousands of photos on my travels. Here are some of my favourites. If you click on the highlighted word you can see the full story.

This gorgeous green frog apeared on my balcony in January. It was a quick visit, he has not been back.


I saw these 2 interesting faces at the Carnevale in Viareggio in February.



In March I was on the wall in Lucca in time to see this magnificent sunset.




I also headed to the Garfagnana to watch Paolo make bread.



The magnolias in Lucca put on an excellent show.


This enormous bee landed on my pansies.


We spent a glorious week in Sardinia in April.


This cheerful fellow caught my attention at the Lucca wine festival.


We were impressed by the pushbikes in Amsterdam in May.


Giant magnolias attracted bees in Lucca in June.



Our lovely builders took a break at our Vergemoli house.


Brisbane looked great in the winter sunshine in July.


August found me back at the Ekka getting the prize chooks to pose for me.


The Brisbane river looks great at night.


I was back in Helsinki in September.


There was time for a quick stop in Rome on the way to Bagni di Lucca.


My geraniums were waiting for me when I arrived in the village. I plant them in April and they last until the end of November, or until it gets really cold.


The view from Ponte a Serraglio never disappoints.



Florence always looks amazing.


It was raining heavily when I left Bagni di Lucca in early November to come home to Australia.


The frangipanis on my terrace remind me why I love Brisbane.


I will be off again very soon to revisit my favourite places and find some new ones…and take a few more photos.

If you go across to Bella Bagni di Lucca you can see what has been happening in the village over Christmas.


  1. Buona Natale Debra and thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs, the next best thing to being in Bella Italia. Hope to see you in Il Monaco in 2013 – Andrea

    • Thank you Andrea, if you go across to Bella Bagni di Lucca you can see what has been happening in the village over Christmas.

  2. These are brilliant!

  3. Great photos! Hugs Rose

    • Thanks Rosaly, I hope to see you in Bagni soon.

  4. Great selection. I especially love the magnolia and the bikes in Amsterdam.

  5. Beautiful photos; thank you so much!

    • I will be back in Bagni di Lucca soon to visit each of the villages to take photos.

  6. Beautiful selection Debra. thanks for each and every of them.

    • I have had fun taking them.

  7. What a great photo review of your 2012. Interesting to say ‘I remember that.” As a whole, my favorites continue to be the ones that drew me here … Bagni. 🙂

    • That’s why I started the new blog…just about Bagni di Lucca.

      • 🙂

  8. What a great idea for a post. I remember all of these posts. You’re a star Deb. Hopefully you’re in blissful recovery mode today, thoughts turning to your next trip…..

    • I am very keen to head off again, travelling is fun.

  9. Looks like 2012 has left you with some wonderful memories, and some wonderful shots! all the best for 2013!

    • I am looking forward to some new places in 2013 and some old favourites.

  10. I remember all of those photos – from bees to builders and Barrister chook – I particularly remember Paolo and his blessing of the bread and I think it was also Paolo who cast a Madonna blue cloth over his proving loaves. Such delight Deb; I’ve loved walking through the enchanting village streets with you and seeing such sights as the beautiful child in the pinafore scattering flower petals. Thank you for all the enjoyment and the laughter derived from your wry comments. I look forward to your happy travels in 2013.

    • Thank you for following the blog so faithfully. I will be back in Italy soon with my camera.

  11. They’re all great, but I love the one of your workers taking a break!

    • They are lovely men…and they have done a great job on our house.

  12. All gorgeous photos! I think my favorite is the Carnivale photo with the man against the red wall. Happy New Year!

    • I thought he was amazing, resting on his float for a moment. The Carnevale has to be seen to be believed.

  13. These are all so gorgeous Debra! Thanks for sharing and what a great idea for a post!!!

  14. Fabulous photos and what an incredible year you have had, so much travel and still time to blog and share your stories. Best wishes for happy, healthy 2013!

    • Having the IPad with me has made things much quicker and easier.

      • Aren’t they an awesome piece of technology? Without it, reading all the blogs I follow would be a slow process.

  15. You’ve had such an interesting year Debra and a colourful, photogenic one at that too! 🙂

    • It has been an interesting year, and I look forward to a great 2013.

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