Italy has been full spectrum; a combination of big city intensity and small island tranquility. We've embraced the slow food movement that was founded in this country by taking long slow meals, long slow walks down winding lanes to who knows where, and generally just reminding ourselves that the fast-food, dine-and-dash rhythm we are so accustom to back home isn't the only way to live.
Italy has some 'issues.' They import over 90% of their oil, Rome and Naples at times seemed mostly dirty and crowded, people in crowds tended to be focused on nothing more than their "world of one." Yet beyond the rich history and incredible art that everyone is familiar with, we came to relish the small island or country village 'way' of Italy. A way that celebrates family, friends, good food, good wine, and most of all, taking the time to really savor it all.
We sail tonight for Croatia!
Posted by rohwedde at July 5, 2009 11:15 AM
Island of Procida