The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

If Wishes Were Horses …

… And beggars were kings …
Then I would close my eyes and wish myself in Italy. I do not believe in reincarnation but every time I visit that country I get an uncanny sense of deja-vu. A feeling that I have been there before; that my feet have walked those cobbled streets in some other time. It is so hard to describe, that sense of familiarity coupled with a sense of mystery that there is something new to discover round the next corner.
But perhaps my imagination is too active and it is the fact that there is much in common between some parts of Italy and this small isle that  makes me feel that way. Like the smell of freshly-brewed espresso escaping from some hole-in-the-wall cafeteria. Or the weather-worn facades of buildings. Or maybe it’s the sound of the church bells drowning out the high-pitched haggling of women at the market … In truth I cannot quite put my finger on what it is and it really doesn’t matter.
Few visit Italy and remain unmoved. Whether it is the architecture, the history, the food, the fashion, the art or any of the hundreds of other things this magnificent country has to offer, I believe that everyone comes away with a piece of Italy forever embedded in their soul.
So, since I am dreaming of Italy, I will leave you with a few photos from our trip to Tuscany  last October. These photos are especially for Agnes because she expressed a wish to see the faces behind the blogs she reads :)
Tuscany 121 Tuscany 238 Tuscany 305 Tuscany 590 Tuscany 715 
So I have included a photo from  each of the places we visited. I agree with Agnes that it is nice to see who is writing and, although I think that the scenery is more interesting than I am, it makes a blog that much more personal when we share a little bit of our life with our readers. For after all, it is the readers that make the blog and I want to thank all those of you that have been visiting me for a while or who are new to this blog. I always look forward to hearing from each and every one of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read my little scribblings. It means a lot to me.


  1. Enjoyed 'seeing' you in all the photos and loved your 'imaginative and dreamy' piece of writing about being in Italy : )

  2. blog hopping from muffled solitude. it's been five years since i visited Pisa and Siena. like you, i love Italy and spent a year in Rome studying, and i am visiting again this year. i love your photos.

  3. Oh my, I LOVE the photos. I feel the same way about Italy. Exactly the same way.

  4. your photos..super beautiful..gorgeous and so lovely to see you! yay!I so enjoy your blog..I love all you write create and are a huge sparkle to my day and I look forward to it! Have a wonderful night!

  5. Nice to 'see' you, Loree :)

    I feel the same way about Great Ocean Road, it is here in Australia... It's not that far from Melbourne (my city), but if I believed in incarnation- I'd say, that is where I must have been in my other life :)

  6. i, too, get curious on how the blogger behind the blog looks like. and it's good agnes expressed that wish.. it's nice to see you, loree! you look fabulous. your post and your pictures made me think of Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love - the Eat part.


  7. Loree it's nice to see what you look like! I think it's nice to know with whom we are communicating, a face makes a big difference but your "scribbles" as you call them remain as interesting as always maybe they are even more interesting now that we know what you look like.
    Great pictures of a beautiful country... I live in it LOL! I've been to all these places many years ago and still treasure some of the pictures I took then. Thanks again for sharing!

  8. Thanks to Agness! It is very nice to have seen your lovely photo, Loree. I always enjoy your scribblings!

  9. Fantastic pictures of the scenery and of you, Loree! Haven't been in Italy, but wishing for a chance..

  10. Nice pictures ! I had the same feeling when I was in Malta ! I was thinking of Italy, lol !

  11. Nice pictures ! I had the same feeling when I was in Malta ! I was thinking of Italy, lol !

  12. your text is very good, I liked! Italy is a beautiful country with gorgeous landscapes and friendly people! Your photos are beautiful, I like the first one! And it's nice to see you!
    Bye !! :))

  13. It's so nice to see you at some of the places you love to visit. If I do ever get to go to Italy someday, I'm sure I will feel a sense of deja-vu, probably from looking at pictures in books and blogs. :)

  14. We look forward to your blog as well!

    Thank you for the pictures. It does look like a magical place.

  15. I loved Italy. There is a place in the UK, in Norfolk. When we visited the first time, I could tell my husband what was around each corner. I had been there in a past life, I am sure, as it was so real to me.

    Love your pictures.


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