Summer Holidays… time to plan!

Posted on: July 4th, 2014

Last year I had a wonderful two week holiday in Tuscany, Italy with my husband and children. We stayed in two villas we rented for a week each, one half an hour south of Florence surrounded by vineyards and the other up a 20 minute hairpin bend road to the very top of a steep hill north of Lucca. It is the first time we have visited with the children and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy the amazing Architecture! The whoops of delight and gasps at the amazing places we visited were fantastic! It is so special to be able to share your interests with your children! We explored many of the famous Tuscan cities, towns and villages, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena to name but a few!  We came home having taken 1500 photographs between us, the children having their own cameras each and my husband and I sharing ours.

We are currently planning this year’s adventure. I love looking through books and the internet and learning about places before I visit. Our holiday is a great time for us all and certainly gives us time and space to think and recharge our batteries. Our holidays are an extension of our ongoing education as adults and children. There are so many different cultures, traditions and places to experience. One thing that I considered last year was the longevity of the buildings we saw and marvelled at. Some of them were well over 1000 years old. Sometimes, in our hurried world, design is too rushed and the long term is not considered. As an Architect I endeavour to think in design terms of not just the here and now needs of my client, but also their longer term needs and the future owners of the building. It is an onerous task, but one that must be questioned and thought through if designs are going to stand the test of time and be viable long into the future.