Notes From Italy: An Introduction

ItalyAs mentioned in my last post, my wife, son and I recently returned from a 2-week trip in Italy, a trip that defibrillated and resuscitated my inner blogger.

The first product of this resurrection will be a recurring series of posts titled Notes From Italy.

A few notes about the Notes:

  • When I tried journaling on my very first day in the country, in a café in Florence, it wasn’t pretty. The experience of traveling there, of actually being there, certainly opened up the creative floodgates, but the flood was so overwhelming that I struggled to determine where to start or what specifically to write about.
  • This partially stemmed from the fact that I’d dreamed of going to Italy since I was a kid, eating at my local pizzeria, then as a teenager learning about Italian art and music, and beyond. My brain couldn’t really comprehend that, at last, I was finally there.
  • So, I took a few days off and didn’t write anything, while little bits and pieces started floating around in my head, observations and reactions to things I was experiencing.
  • Not wanting to lose these thoughts and reflections, I decided to take a different approach and started a simple list, some items no longer than a phrase or a sentence, others a short paragraph, just enough to capture the main ideas. This was incredibly liberating, and it eventually yielded over 30 items.
  • My approach to Notes From Italy will be similar: posts in this recurring series will only be as long or short as they need to be in order to preserve and convey the essence of my observations, some edited to flesh them out a bit, others left exactly as I jotted them down by hand.
  • Read in sequence, as they appear, or later by browsing through the archived series, I believe Notes From Italy will paint an accurate picture of our great big adventure, from the highest highs to the occasional low.
  • Yeah, there’s something powerful about a list!

I’ll leave you with this teaser/spoiler, jumping to where we spent the last three days of our trip: the Amalfi Coast:

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Positano: a pleasant day-trip from our base in quiet, nearby Praiano. Yes, it IS that beautiful!

Ci vediamo presto!

6 thoughts on “Notes From Italy: An Introduction

  1. Oh how wonderful to hear you’re back on a writing spree Mr Fish – although I have often thought there should be a ban on posts about Italy because it’s so unfair to everyone else just chipping away at our miserable lives :>. Italy can make you feel that you have lived in a cave all your life and suddenly you are in the real world where everything tastes and looks and sounds in a way you didn’t think was possible. (My husband just had a short trip to Italy so I am not happy with him at all. While I was on skype to him church bells were sounding in the distance – even the air works to make everything soft and luscious) – can’t wait to read your notes.

    • Chas! Nice to hear from you, and I TOTALLY understand your comments about how unfair it is to post about Italy. LOL! In the week I’ve been back at work, as everyone asks me about my trip, I’ve seen the feigned interest in their faces, feigned because, just below the surface, I know they hate me for having gone to Italy when it should have been them. 🙂

      • Oh I am totally with your colleagues there. I planned a little adventure while the hubby was away so I wouldn’t be too mean to him when he got home and got 5m out of the driveway and realised I had a flat tyre. How can this possibly be fair?

    • We had very difficult decisions about where to go in the 2 weeks we had. Didn’t want to be moving to new lodgings every other day. Florence, a stay on an agriturismo farm in Tuscany or Umbria, and the Amalfi Coast were our top priorities, and so getting all the way north to Venice, our next most-desired destination, was just too far out of reach.

      Oh well, next time, and there WILL be a next time! 🙂

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