As regular readers of this blog will know I recently travelled to Italy after being invited to exhibit in Florence by Vivid Arts Network. The exhibition went for two weeks after which we (myself and my partner) spent a further three weeks travelling through Italy… professional development!
While having an amazing time soaking up loads of art, culture, architecture (and wine) I did have some reservations about some of my travels in Italy: dirty streets, bad street signage, harsh uneven cobblestone pathways, rude pushy people – and while I understand all of these things are me projecting my own cultural perspective, it was at times frustrating (even though I had a ball).
But don’t get me wrong – I loved every moment and wouldn’t not do it again, and after spending a couple of weeks at home I have been able to digest and distance myself from some harsher memories and remember some great experiences.
I am planning to share some of these experiences in a series of blog posts focusing on different cities we visited and explore the art, architecture, feelings and general stuff of the area, from a limited “art” tourist perspective. I may throw in the odd poem or two as well which I wrote while in these environments.
Hopefully these posts will be inspiring and mostly enjoyble!
Italy does take some getting used to, when I used to live there it took lots of patience dealing with the occasional pushy person, haha. And the dirty streets! But, the art and culture more than made up for those less-than-lovely circumstances. Glad you had a great time otherwise in Italy; thanks for sharing!
– Jonathan I http://styleoverstress.wordpress.com
Hey Jonathan, I agree… everything else in Italy does make up for it! Such a meca of amazing history! And I want my future posts to show this… stay tuned 🙂
There is always bad with good, but sounds like the good far out weighed the bad, which is fantastic. I look forward to hearing about it.
yes the good did weigh out the bad, of course… I have already got a post up about Verona… and have a Pisa post in draft… to be put up soon 🙂
I have seen the Verona post, I loved the photos, I want to go there now. 🙂
Good idea… lots of great photographs to be taken in Italy!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I llove your sharing of trips, photos, etc. Rlte
thanks Rlte… love visiting your blog also… your artwork is great 🙂