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[Photo Journal] Gelato in Venice

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Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Gelato in Venice

For the past several weeks, I have been sharing photos of buildings, cathedrals, and boats in Venice. This time, I wanted to share something more akin to gastronomic delights with Italy’s gelato – and a few more photos of my daughter and I while we were getting to know the city last year.

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy” 
― Giuseppe Verdi

“We are all pilgrims who seek Italy.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Love, which quickly arrests the gentle heart,
Seized him with my beautiful form
That was taken from me, in a manner which still grieves me.

Love, which pardons no beloved from loving,
took me so strongly with delight in him
That, as you see, it still abandons me not…” 
― Dante Alighieri, Inferno: A New Verse Translation

“All Sicilian expression, even the most violent, is really wish fulfillment: our sensuality is a hankering for oblivion, our shooting and knifing a hankering for death; our laziness, our spiced and drugged sherbets, a hankering for voluptuous immobility, that is, for death again; our meditative air is that of a void wanting to scrutinize the enigmas of nirvana.” 
― Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard

“Venice, it’s temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven.” 
― Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Watching Italians eat (especially men, I have to say) is a form of tourism the books don’t tell you about. They close their eyes, raise their eyebrows into accent marks, and make sounds of acute appreciation. It’s fairly sexy. Of course I don’t know how these men behave at home, if they help with the cooking or are vain and boorish and mistreat their wives. I realized Mediterranean cultures have their issues. Fine, don’t burst my bubble. I didn’t want to marry these guys, I just wanted to watch. (p. 247)” 
― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

“You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.”
“What?” 
“Love and gelato.” 
― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

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