while I certainly cannot wax as poetically as Anita,
nor write as brilliantly as Vicki Archer,
or create art as beautiful as Jeanne...
something lovely comes over me when I think or talk about Italy,
which is where I'm taking you today.
what is your 1st thought when you think of Italy?
or a big plate of pasta at a sidewalk cafe?
or a glass of the local wine?
for me, it's the vast vistas across the waters of Italy,
be it the lake country in the North, or the Mediterranean Sea
or the waters & the Adriatic Sea of Venice.
all beautiful, but in very different ways.
I'm drawn to the water.
in any location I travel I want to see water.
to me this is the perfect place to spend the rest of my life.
sitting right here overlooking the Mediterranean Sea,
hanging out with my family & friends,
listening to loud music, drinking the wines of the region, some of which must be diluted
with aqua minerale as the locals do.
going to the market to buy fresh!
fresh fresh fresh everything!
piling the fruits & veggies high on a big wooden table,
encouraging everyone to partake.
Vicki Archer described the difference between France & Italy a few weeks ago in the most
wonderful way, and I think she got it entirely right.
& maybe that says a lot about me also.
there isn't any country I dislike, even the ones in the Middle East,
however, the one I LOVE is Italy above all.
the warmth of the people, the extreme generosity of spirit, the spirit of life which imbues all of the Italians fills me too. I feel like I AM Italian when I'm there!
we drove the coastline from Monte Carlo down to Portofino
on our honeymoon. of course, we couldn't find the hotel right away (it was already dark
because my husband never got anywhere on time), and as he asked directions
out the window of the car he literally shouted "PORT-0-FINO" as if
being louder made the people understand him better. :)'s
everywhere you walk there will be a tiny view of the sea...
always the sea.