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(5) Things we love…#100

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Taj MahalNothing really out of the ordinary happened to me this week and yet, all I could think about when picking items for this post, was the unexpected. An unexpected gesture from someone we know well; a trip carefully planned that turned out to be unexpectedly different; the unexpected in the mundane. Not sure what this thought means, but please indulge me. Wishing a wonderful weekend, maybe filled with unexpected twists and turns.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

One. What does the Colosseum look at all day? Or the Taj Mahal? Does the Wailing Wall have any thoughts as to the people who approach it? If they were sentient beings, they would have plenty of stories to tell. For now, we have the photos of Oliver Curtis who visited a number of famous monuments and turned the camera the other way.

Two. My German neighbour called a few weeks ago to alert me Germany was facing Italy in the Eurocup quarter finals. Was I watching? I rarely watch soccer but I remember very well what a big deal it is in Europe and how entire cities empty when a major match is being played. Portugal defeated France and went on to win the tournament, which took place in France. This video captures a Portuguese child consoling a wailing French fan. So unexpected and so sweet.

Milan fogThree. Milan is an unexpected city, hardly ever on the list of first-time tourists to Italy. Most foreigners think of it as industrial. It is not – just very Mittel European in its look. What I loved most about Milan was the fog in winter: dense, humid and numbing. You would know without opening the windows, still lying in bed, that it was foggy outside by the dullness of the sounds. I came across this photo of the canal (Naviglio) by the bridge where I used to live and I was reminded of the fog. If you are planning a visit to Italy, November can be a magic month: not bitterly cold yet but with short, dark days and an aura of mystery (Venice with the fog is beyond dreamy).

Image by photographer Ignacio Lehman who spent 3 years photographing couples kissing in the streets
Image by photographer Ignacio Lehman who spent 3 years photographing couples kissing in the streets

Four. If you are woman, you were probably hit on by complete strangers at some point in your life. Most likely, you brushed them off, annoyed, offended or even if flattered. We don’t talk to strange men in the street. What would happen if we did? A journalist for Vice News in Paris decided to find out.

Image and text by Jolyon Rubinstein (on Twitter)
Image and text by Jolyon Rubinstein (on Twitter)

Four. I wrote this post before finding out about Nice. Talk about unexpected. No wise words are available to me right now to convey the sadness.

Top image: what the Taj Mahal looks at all day

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12 Comments

  1. I remember naviglio in fog all too well. I lived on Via Corsica just after the bridge. Need to get back soon.

    July 20, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      As inconvenient as it was to my office (near Stazione Centrale) I loved living on the Navigli. And on foggy days it was just magic. Who knew I would miss it? (I miss less the fifth floor apartment with no elevator).

      July 20, 2016
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  2. I just read Judith’s article. She was very brave! No one hits on me anymore and I do not miss it. Period.

    July 16, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      On my 50th birthday, I walked out of the apartment in Venice I had rented to go buy croissants for everyone who was staying with me. I was literally in my pj’s, hair pulled up, no make up. A construction worker, abou 20 years younger than me, approached me and asked me for my phone number. I brushed him off but smiled inside and realized how rarely this happens anymore!

      July 17, 2016
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  3. I was just thinking this morning that I should take some time off work in November, but I wasn’t sure what to do or where to go. And now you’re telling me November is a good time to visit Italy. Coincidence…?

    July 16, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      If you don’t mind a bit of cold weather and, possibly, some rain, the upside is the lack of tourists. Especially if you concentrate on the cities (the countryside and the coast would be too depressing at that time), I think you will like it. And travelling is cheaper. If you do go, don’t miss Venice.

      July 17, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Thank you Charlie. But they do require quite a bit of research and time….

      July 17, 2016
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  4. I love that picture of the Taj Mahal. Definitely unexpected to see it in fog!!

    July 16, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      I loved the idea of what buidings “look at”, stuck as they are all day.

      July 17, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Thank you Kate. And have a brilliant weekend.

      July 17, 2016
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