Early afternoon, the south of Italy rests with pleasure. Every business, schools and offices close down from 1:00 to 4: 00 pm. This is people’s time; most people go home to eat homemade food with family.
The sun reflected on walls mutates from bright yellow to orange, then from gold to ocher and finally fades into a Siena tone. Looking at these colors changing before the eyes, one has the impressions walls are empty canvases for painting a picture with gold foil and antique technique. As the sun turns, shadows and highlights add themselves into the deep ocher and gold. Everything picks up that mysterious sense of antiquity, simplicity and peace. The afternoon rest becomes sweet, lulling, magic, even without going to sleep, the world doesn’t turn for four hours. Shadows are so refreshing, especially in the hot summer heat.
Silence pervades the streets filled with the sun, they seem abandoned. At times one can hear a distant voice, a music on low volume, or a telephone ringing. It’s my native ancient world, it’s all familiar, I was made here.
As an expat to California, I live on the go every moment of the day, rushing to nowhere, floating in the air like an object thrown to see if it reaches a point, but when I am in Puglia, I feel grounded, my batteries recharge, the slower rhythms make life so right and I wish they would never stop.
These are the shadows of happy guests in my travel group. That day we enjoyed our lunch, wines were excellent, food divine and laughs… well… I don’t know why they come so naturally in Italy.
(This post is in response to WP weekly photo challenge: Shadow).
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As a writer and cultural promoter of Puglia, my native land, it is my intention to let readers feel and experience a new ”wheel of emotions”. I want to encourage them to visit areas of Italy not beaten by massive tourism. Through stories of art, architecture, fashion, food-wines, shopping, I want them to create their special adventures and live it up in Puglia! Check out my books