I'm back from my oneweek trip to Italy!
Let me tell you... One of the most eventful&tiring trip I've done so far!
Quite surprising when you think I only went to a few cities in Italy right? But as much as I love Italy, that's the country I always find the most difficulties staying in.
Italy is beautiful. Beautiful churches, beautiful houses, beautiful beaches, beautiful landscapes, beautiful streets &restaurants, beautiful nights&early mornings. But Italy is slow, hot, disorganized and rough.
Services... Trains, boats, buses are slow which becomes really irritating and overwhelming when there are so many tourists/people around and that the temperature&humidity rises up.
Staff are slow too. In hostels, restaurants&supermarkets. It may be me, living in Paris, but I get really easily exasperated by the slowness of things. With a quick rythm, you've given the choice to be slow if you wish to, but with a slow rythm ... you have no choice really.
And people are so rough. Don't get me wrong there are lovely and sweet, really friendly and warm people in Italy, but there are A LOT of rough people who will bump into you, not hold the door for you, who apparently can't move aside when you're struggling with your suitcase, nor use "grazie" very often.
There's a cliché about Paris, that every person who came here I've talked with has denied however, that says that french people are rude and unfriendly. I actually think french people are very polite, and that's this softness&politeness I missed in Italy.
And the food... I became vegan recently. Not strictly vegan as I keep eating eggs that come from my aunt's hens, but still vegan, and I don't like carbs nor sweet things too much. Now, I'm not too keen on generalizations&stereotypes but really... in Italy you'll find pizza, pasta, ice creams, cakes everywhere. I was CRAVING my veggies. I'm not sure why exactly, but last time I came to Italy, I also suffered a lot because of the food, which isn't the case when I go to Germany, eastern Europe or Japan. I still miss my healthy food&my diet isn't really simple to follow on the road, but Italy is the place where it's the hardest!
Now, now, I see you starting to think why did you go back to Italy then?
Because I love it!
I'm in love with Florence, I'm in love with Venice&Burano, and I was so excited to visit Siena&Cinque Terre for the first time! Italy is charming and full of beauty. I'm just still trying to figure out a way to fully enjoy being there. I'll eventually find how I'm sure!
Here are a few pictures of this trip, I'm keeping Siena&Cinque Terre for a next entry!
I hope you enjoy those!