Impressions of Tuscany
Red tile roofs worn to pink and grey
Yellow Ochre and Raw Siena buildings
green and lavender hills and fields
green upward thrust of Cypress
gray cobblestone and tile streets
blue sky and water
sunsets, oh my God the sunsets!
|Sunset from Piazzali Michelangelo
My Florence Moment
I am having coffee at an outside table at the OK Bar on Canto Del
Tribolo watching and listening, reading and writing. And I will
stay here as long as I can.
This is my Florence moment. Yes, there are tourists, and noisy
traffic, etc. But two blocks ahead of me is the Basilica Annunziata
where I just listened to mass and watched nuns in white kneel to
pray, and where one moment I am critical of all the riches and the
next I am in tears.
Five blocks behind me is the magnificent Duomo, Baptistry and Camponile,
and around all are the seeking masses. I, of course, am one of them
though I currently sit with my back to it.
There is a Bancomat (ATM) across the street where two hours ago
I put in my card of plastic and removed 100 euros. Now I see handsome
Italian men in their stylish black suits do the same.
A young man comes out of a building across from me. He is startlingly
barefoot! Then I remember loving the bare feet in paintings and
sculpture I've seen.
A girl in dress and helmet on her motorcycle comes to a stop near
me, and I see a stunning tattoo near her ankle. Then she's off to
lead her life.
It's 1 :00 PM and it's becoming overcast. Most of the stores are
closing for Siesta until 3 or 4 o'clock. When I am ready to leave
perhaps the book store nearby will still be open for browsing. No...I
see it has closed.