Found a close-by internet cafe and have been in Italy since Saturday. Photos may follow later this week. So if France is all about "the bread and pastry", Italy is all about "the heat, the gelatto (ice cream), and the arts"; architecture, music in the streets, sculpture, and of course, paintings. Wandered yesterday without the camera - just feeling free to watch and observe the city, its inhabitants, and the large number of tourists. Florence will charm you with her heat, the scents of the food and perfumes, as well as the vibrancy of the Italian Spirit - which is seen in everything from a father interacting with his young daughter in public - to an Italian beauty on her bicycle arguing with an angry driver about who rules an intersection - to large numbers of elderly Italian women lining the benches along a pedestrian mall in Pisa; watching and talking about all they observe and know. The heat is everywhere - the people, the artworks, the sun shining on the facades of the ancient buildings, in the eyes of angry drivers - but the heat is easily cooled and mellowed with gelatto, which is where we are heading next. Chao!
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman