I heard it said today that at least in this part of Italy they party hard on Saturday nights, go to Church and observe religious traditions on Sunday and then recover on Mondays with finally returning to work at 3 pm
. The interesting thing is that many shops close in the summers at four o'clock and a two hour siesta has already occurred at some point of the afternoon. Why do Americans feel the incessant need to be workaholics and chain our lives to our jobs - to try and get a head so that in 40 years we can retire when we are too old to do anything but grow older? Wouldn't we be more productive if we took just a bit more of a rest and didn't have so much stress and pressure? Just a thought. Europeans in general receive about 4 weeks holiday in the summer months to get away with family. This is expected and everyone does it. Your boss doesn't yell at you for taking time off, he'd probably yell at you if you didn't. I love traveling and discovering that America isn't the only civilized country in the world and that our way isn't necessary the only or best way to do things.
Having stated that Mondays are the recouperation day I probably won't see much in Livorgno (Florence) tomorrow as our ship will pull out before the businesses reopen. A good day to do laundry and keep processing photos. This business of taking photos every other day keeps me out of trouble for sure! :)
Sundays in Italy mean religious observance and Cevitavicchia (50 miles west of Rome) is no exception. Everything is closed and the streets are mostly empty. A few non-church goers went to the beach (and all I have to say about the beach in this post is nice water but it is definitely EUROPE and some things are better left covered up), but for the most part the town was deserted. The signs of life were string after string of laundry lines hanging from balconies and the many potted planters dangling from rails 4, 5, 6 stories above the ground. Italians pride themselves in flowers and greenery in their living spaces, even when in town that space is about 3 feet by 6 feet. Balcony after balcony is heavy with pots and baskets and the favorite color - red.