Reflections of Italy…Roger

Trip Start May 27, 2011
Trip End Jun 23, 2011

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The photos I chose to include herein are of some of the interesting details that can sometimes get lost or overwhelmed among the monumental structures, landscapes, and art of Italy. They are only representative of the intriguing and sometimes humorous one sees if one looks….enjoy! (Note: If you left double click on one of the photos, you will be able to view a larger version of each of photo as part of a slide show.)

How often do you get to help someone fulfill one of their dreams (aka #1 on Sara's "bucket list") much less share that dream with them? Besides the emotions connected with experiencing the sights and sounds of Italy for the first but probably not the last time, we were able to share a memorable portion of that experience with our small family, with whom we celebrated a birthday (Jessica's) and an anniversary (our’s- 52nd!) during the trip.

We saw so many glorious and wonderful antiquities, engaged so many friendly Italians with greater or lesser success, and learned a lot about Italy- its present and its past. Our 28-day sojourn in Italy was truly an educational experience in history, art, religion, anthropology, sociology, architecture, engineering, …   We managed to experience a small window of the geographical diversity of Italy including the environments of a resort area (Amalfi Coast); major cities (Rome and Florence); small hill-towns of Tuscany and Umbria (including an actual live-in experience in Montalcino); and Umbrian farms. In conversations with Wanda, Catherina, and Ettore, we learned about many of our similarities-the economy, the cost of gas, the cost of groceries, the latter two we experienced first-hand and some of our differences.

My take away is a new understanding and admiration for the Italian people- past and present. Both their monumental and residential structures demonstrate care, ingenuity, attention to detail, concern for longevity and a historical perspective. Being an engineer myself, I was thoroughly impressed by the art and skill of their “engineers” and architects and the ingenuity and industriousness of their “constructors” (understanding of course that some were slaves). Further, the artistry of their painters, mosiacists, and sculptors of yesteryear and today was way beyond both my expectations and comprehension. My advice- Italy cannot be experienced vicariously; one must engage the people, sights and sounds first-hand- so go!

I close with a few of my favorite things: gelato- coconut; Italian cappuccino; Contucci Nobile de Montepulciano (a luscious red wine- unfortunately expensive); pecorino; Italian tomatoes; outdoor cafes; Sara’s Italian-style cooking; church bells (I bet that one fooled you!); the Autostrada (it’s four lanes); stairs (I’m actually lying about this one); Ristorante Trattoria La Carabaccia, Florence- the food and the wait staff; a particular pasta the size and shape of a small rope; one young artist in Spello; …and…  

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You fulfilled every artisan and engineers hope and desire that someone would notice and apreciate the thought, time and care they put into the small details.

I too was intrigued with these such as the "found object" grotto we walked by each day on the way to our villa in Amalfi.

Mom is fortunate to have such a loving and caring husband to help fulfill her goal as we three moto teers were to have J put in so much planning and then support of our adventure.

I am surprised that you didn't mention " Amalfi bus surfing "as one of your favorite things!! ;)

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