30 Days of Thanks – Day 29 (Italy)

Today I am grateful for Italy.  It’s art, language, people, food, culture, music, colors, history – everything, tutto.  Attending a lecture tonight at the Getty about Florence and the Dawn of the Renaissance reminded me of this.  My love affair with Italy started in college when I took the language on a whim, continued and intensified when I studied abroad in Siena towards the end of my time at UCSB, and has never waned since.  I knew the first time I left there, as the tears streamed down my face while I watched the scenery become smaller and smaller from that tiny airplane window, that it had grabbed me for life….and for that I am grateful.

By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my daughter....it worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


      1. I went to St Wolfgang in Austria when I was a kid – nearly drowned there actually LOL (now there’s a blog post waiting to happen LOL) – we took a day trip into Italy and the only two things I can remember are the coffee and the Alps LOL

      2. Ohhh…there is so much to see! After living there I’ve only been back once…my goal is to get back there before 40. I ‘ve got 2.5 years or so to plan!

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