Vol. 5 in my Notes From Italy series.
In this installment, something a little different.
As I mentioned in my introductory post for Notes From Italy, my journaling method on this trip consisted of writing down bits and pieces of observations in a running list, rather than in an organized narrative or free writing.
While some of the list items proved ripe for expanding upon, as in the first four volumes of Notes From Italy, others are fun to just read as they are, one (or so) liners, in simple list format.
So, here we go!
1. Not all ragus are created equal. Namely, this:
… does NOT, in any way, shape, or form, equal this:
2. The combination of the beating sun and ubiquitous flowers means nearly ubiquitous fragrance wafting through the air, as if there was some machine somewhere pumping out the smell as a kind of tourist attraction.
3. The biggest exception to #2: Italians smoke like chimneys. I’m worried I might need a lung transplant at some point after this trip.
4. Gelato = ice cream, typically VERY good ice cream, but really just ice cream. Everyone loves gelato.
5. The back and side streets of Florence and the Tuscan and Umbrian hilltowns are quintessential old-world Europe in every thoroughly charming way one can imagine.
6. You don’t have to be religious to be grateful in the summertime for the old, stone churches, conveniently located nearly every other block or so, with their reliably cool interiors and benches to rest on.
7. Even very cheap wine tastes fantastic in Italy … because Italy.
There’s more one liners to come, so stay tuned.
Up Next: Notes From Italy, Vol. 6: Botticelli’s Niece