Canals of Venice

I’m a little surprised to realise it’s been over a year since my wife and I returned from Italy – it doesn’t feel that long at all. We both think about Italy everyday and I’m always wondering how to get back. (One day, but not for a while at least). I also meant to write a lot more about Italy, but it’s fallen by the wayside for now, though I’ll get back to it sooner or later.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of me during a gondola ride in Venice, it was great to watch our gondolier kick off from walls and even other gondola, in addition to use of his oar.

Friday, 30th September, Florence

We slept late because of the Conrad trial, which shows the defense as bumbling and pointless, and the doctor as grossly negligent. The Accademia was not too far from the Duomo and once we gained entry, we moved into a hall of paintings and on to a nearby stairway which eventually led to a wide hall – around which stood David (almost with no warning.)

He was lit effectively, standing twelve feet on a podium that was already about five feet tall, and gazing off to the distance, way over our heads and seeming a little bothered by the attention? The marble sculpture was just a triumph of detail – veins, muscle, smooth, smooth skin, powerful, all that suspended grace standing with a mix of casualness and pride.

It was probably the best piece of art we saw in Italy – repeating the word ‘masterpiece’ here doesn’t seem like much, but looking up at David, he strikes you that way. We circled the statue, noting wear on his toes, the piece of cloth and the counterweight tree-branch at his leg, ultimately hesitant to leave.

Florence Haiku Sequence

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blood orange
in small plastic cups
green fields blur

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sidewalk café
crowded with the
swell of English accents

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miniatures
in the souvenir shop
the fan droops

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trimming mat board
with borrowed scissors
Dr Conrad squirms

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to climb the Duomo
and breathe in the whole city
– graffiti

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frozen white
David’s too-large-hands
towering over us

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Begging in Rome – Reposted at ‘Bucket List Publications’

Fantastic news, Lesley Carter has republished my ‘Begging in Rome’ post at her travel blog ‘Bucket List Publications‘ – very happy to announce it here, it was great to touch the post up again and to ‘revisit’ Italy, I’m reminded how lucky I was to visit.

Just watch out for my usual rambling style!

And be sure to have a look at the loads and loads of other great stories at her blog too.