#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup – #3 February 2018 – A Love Letter To Italy
My Dearest Italia,
It’s with fondest memories I write this letter to you. With our love story beginning almost twenty years ago now, our passion has strengthened and intensified. I adore each region of you. North and south, each so exclusive and alluring, combining special memories and moments which I hold close to my heart. From the exceptional beauty of Venice, where your panoramic views took my breath away, to the rugged, yet rustic countryside of our family’s hometown in Sicily.
I remember clearly, first laying eyes on your city of love. Yes, fair Verona, where we were blessed with the opportunity to relive the magical story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Firstly, visiting the tomb of Juliet, and then Juliet’s family home. We were determined to autograph our names and initials, on the wall of love, amongst the millions of other lover’s imprints. I recall finding a step to sit on, in the crowd infested courtyard of Juliet’s house. Filled with a plethora of tourists, eagerly waiting to touch and have their photographs taken with the bronze statue of the young Capulet. Observing the chaotic surroundings, I glanced up towards the infamous balcony, where Juliet stood as her star struck lover Romeo, stood below in the middle of the courtyard and confessed his undying love to his beloved. To my surprise, the balcony was empty! For a minute it was completely free from excited tourists posing for photos. I took my chance, and reached for my camera to capture a true moment in time. Through the lens, I pictured sweet Juliet, star gazing, patiently waiting for her one true love. With an ever-slight whisper through the air, I gently hear, “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”
This is merely a single part of you Italia, and there are so many more adoring memories I will cherish forever. Each visit reaffirming my love for you, and strengthening our special bond.
It is with this affection, I will always love you and hold you near and dear to my heart, and I sincerely await the day we will be reunited once again.
A Mindful Traveller
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