Benches to Remember – Travel Vignette

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy

Sometimes, when I travel, I’m so focused and seeing and doing that I forget to savor the moment. Every once in a while it is nice to sit on a bench and take it all in. Sketch the view. Listen to the Music. Watch the show. Here’s one of my favorite benches to remember stories:

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy.

On hard slabs of stone between two obelisks we sat and had a beer on the last evening of our trip. It was so lovely, none of us wanted the trip to end. It was a bit sad and triumphant at the same time. We weren’t even bothered by the young rowdy guys, with the guitar and terrible wailing, on the adjacent slabs. A storm was approaching. The city lights reflected off the low clouds, that seemed to be held up by the church facade. The cloud cover created an eerie glow across the piazza that somehow matched our somber mood. It was a time for reflection. To contemplate our journey. It was also a time to watch and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. A moment to savor the beer, the last drops of Italy, for now. This was also the same bench that I sat on when given a demonstration on perspective sketching, by my professor, on a study abroad trip with Auburn, some 20 years earlier.

Santa Maria Novella Facade Detail

Don’t forget to take the time to ponder, breathe in the aroma, and observe the beauty on your next journey. Do you have any Benches to Remember Stories you would like to share? If so leave a comment below. Go Artway Today!

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