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Arno River View I

This was my second trip to Florence and I had seen much of it on my previous visit nearly a decade earlier. Nevertheless, it felt good to be back. It was a bit of a bittersweet return because my mother had died only a little over a month before and it was the first time I could not share my adventures with her. Needless to say, I didn't do a great deal of touring. I had come for a scientific meeting, but kept to myself mostly. I walked around only at night when the streets of Florence seem like a ghost town. On the final day of the meeting I met a friend and co-worker by chance and he suggested we have a walkabout in Florence. The well worn streets were still familiar to me and with a trusty map in hand I offered to lead the way.

Arno River View II
We took some photos, had some conversation and enjoyed the day. It was a time when I was very grateful for the company, and something I will always remember with fondness. The simple pleasure of walking and talking was more inspiring to me than the beauty that is Florence. I needed this and spent my final day in Florence alone again, but with a renewed energy. I did some shopping for gifts as the next leg of my journey was to Germany to visit the family of someone very close to me. I wanted to make a good impression. I was very excited about this. Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind - What was I thinking? I would soon have to face reality again and the trials that life is prone to deliver our way.

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd;
Labour and rest, that equal periods keep;
"Obedient slumbers that can wake and weep;"
Desires compos'd, affections ever ev'n,
Tears that delight, and sighs that waft to Heav'n.
Grace shines around her with serenest beams,
And whisp'ring angels prompt her golden dreams.
For her th' unfading rose of Eden blooms,
And wings of seraphs shed divine perfumes,
For her the Spouse prepares the bridal ring,
For her white virgins hymeneals sing,
To sounds of heav'nly harps she dies away,
And melts in visions of eternal day.

~ Alexander Pope (Eloise to Abelard) 

 

missandrea81 says:
Congratulations on today's feature, Brian. Can't believe it took so long. :)
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013
spocklogic says:
@Vance - A bit of a twist in my tale and the streets of Florence are quite deserted and very quiet late at night, long after the Passeggiata has finished.
@Jennifer - Indeed it was, and the trip to Germany after the meeting was equally so for me too.
Posted on: Apr 19, 2012
jenniferhibbard says:
What a poignant trip all round...
Posted on: Apr 19, 2012
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Arno River View I
Arno River View II
Arno River View II
Arno River View III
Arno River View III
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