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[Photo Journal] Gelato in Venice


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.”
“Love and gelato.” 
― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

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