I love being in Italy and exploring its cities and towns. Living in one place for more than a few days really gives you a chance to get a good feel for what really goes on there. There are so many things that make me want to pack up and move and then there are other things that just make me shake my head. So, in no particular order here are some of my observations on life in Italy.
1. I will start with the above photo-especially in a city I cannot believe how people park their cars. I’ve seen cars that have not an inch of space behind or in front of them. How do they get out? I’m just glad it’s not me!
2. There are any number of men who can tie a scarf better than I can. I’m serious. I’ve seen them and wonder what they’ve done. Maybe I need a lesson…
3. At 7 o’clock in the morning there are not a whole lot of people in the neighborhood caffe, whereas at 10:30 it’s packed and you have to elbow your way up to the front up to place your counter. I’ve gotten pretty good at this practice.
4. At any time of day you will see mothers, fathers and grandparents pushing strollers around town, enjoying the day. At home I only see parents with strollers running along the coast, getting in their daily exercise.
5. In every town you can see a group of older gentleman gathered together discussing who knows what!
6. Women (friends, not lovers) walk arm in arm together chatting and laughing.
7. People of all ages are thoroughly enjoying gelato as they walk around.
8. Towns are full of life. Residents are out and about strolling, meeting for coffee in the morning, drinks at night.
9. Older people are respected, not shut away and ignored.
10. Traditions are still important.
11. There’s something beautiful around every corner.