Traveller Reminiscing | Florence Italy
Exactly 18 years ago today, I was travelling in Italy by myself before I headed back to Canada to begin university. I thought it would be nice to share what I had written in my journal while I was travelling. On this exact day 18 years ago, I was in Florence, Italy. Here is what I wrote about that day:
“I got a fairly early start this morning. My first tourist attraction for the day was the Galleria dell Accademia. This is where Michelangelo’s statue of David stands. The gallery itself is tiny. There’s hardly anything in it. Oh well, I wanted to see David, so that’s fine.
I walked around the San Marco area and then I went to Piazza di San Giovanni where the duomo and baptistry are. I like the outside of it. It’s made of white, pink and green Tuscan marble. I think the colour scheme is pretty unique for a church.
I’ve seen a lot of churches so far on my holiday and I can honestly say that I am not a fan of over-opulence and tonnes and tonnes of detailed ornamentation. I find that all of these huge Catholic churches are like this–they place way too much importance on all of the artwork in and out of the building that it takes away from the real meaning. I also find these huge Gothic churches too dark and dismal for my liking. Religion is not a dark and dreary thing. It’s a beautiful enhancement to one’s life. Plus, Heavenly Father blessed us with all of the vibrant colours of nature. Why not celebrate them?
A Room With A View
I went in search of the old hotel that inspired E. M. Forster to write about it in A Room with a View. I got the address from a tourist book. But when I got there, it just looked like an apartment building. But the book also said, ‘Restoration has removed much of the atmosphere evoked in the book.’
I sit at the Loggia dei Lanzi in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence and am reminded of the film, A Room with a View. I love that movie so much. My only regret is that I didn’t watch the film just before I came, so I can’t remember all of the exact spots that they filmed. I only seem to remember Santa Croce, which is where I went yesterday. And to think that Julian Sands and Helena Bonham Carter were here at one time. I’m in awe. (It is one of my favourite movies of all time!)
I just wish that I could find the same field where George Emmerson (Sands) first kisses Lucy Honeychurch (Bonham-Carter). I want to shout out, ‘Truth! Joy! Beauty!’ I think I’ll do that back at the hostel I’m staying at. I’ll find myself a tree to climb up and do my own version of George’s eternal YES.
O Mio Bambina Caro
It was cool when I was writing outside at the hostel, someone was playing classical and opera music and ‘O Mio Bambino Caro‘ played out in the open for all to hear. It was so appropriate! (That is the theme song for the movie, A Room with a View.) I’ll have to tell my friends, the Christies, about that. It was so cool!
I sat outside reading and writing until it was nearly time for bed. I packed up all my junk and then went to bed. Ciao Firenze!”