BELLA FIRENZE…Florence, Italy, the city that captured my heart!
I have been reminiscing recently about my second trip to Florence, Italy. In my first blog, written just 5 days ago I tell of being in Italy in Sept. 2001. The Italians could not have been nicer. They were concerned, generous and very sympathetic about the horrendous events of 9-11
The highlight of my trip was our week spent in Florence. Of course we used it as a base to visit the wonderful towns of Siena, Fiesole, Arezzo, etc. but it was the city itself that captivated me. Florence is a joy to behold and a walker’s delight. Our days were filled with Duomos, museums, piazzas and, of course, Gelato! When we left I made a pledge to myself that I would return.
When I did return in 2004 the city had remained the same but the people’s attitude had changed drastically. It was a shock and a great disappointment to me. It would seem that the “Ugly American” has come to the forefront again and it breaks my heart. Where, just 3 years before, I had been met with smiles and open arms I now encountered tolerance, at best, and an actual dislike of all that was “American”.
Will we never learn? Why do we have to inflict our way of life on to others? Why can’t we live our lives and let others live as they want? Our differences make this world a glorious place and I am haunted by the fact that we seem to be obsessed in making them all see “our way”.
Oh, well…….time to get off the Soapbox. All the best. Ginnie