:We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous   Catania, Italy

Strange pleasant sensations

To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark Mount Etna, Sicily    


“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca Dawn’s light breaking over the Ionian Sea, Sicily


Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars. ~ Jack Kerouac  At sea near the Island of Elba


All of life is a foreign country  ~ Jack Kerouac

Faeries come

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” ― W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire, overlooking Italy from San Marino

The boat that came heading towards us

And there in a boat that came heading towards us Was an old man, his hair snow-white with age, Raging and bawling, ‘Woe to you, wicked spirits! O never hope to see the heavenly skies! I come to bring you to the other shore, To eternal darkness, to the fire and ice. From Dante’s Inferno Canto…

Did You?

“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” ― Erma Bombeck, Italy


“Don’t let your luggage define your travels, each life unravels differently.” ― Shane L. Koyczan, Rimini, Itlay

Smooth Round

“may came home with a smooth round stone as small as a world and as large as alone.” ― E.E. Cummings,    Lake Bracciano, Italy


“Maybe you had to leave in order to miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.” Jodi Picoult   Trento, Italy

What you take

“A trip is what you take when you can’t take any more of what you’ve been taking.” – Adeline Ainsworth Spiaggia Di Conversano, Puglia, Italy

New Eyes

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust .   Ancient trulli spotting the landscape in the 16 c village of Alberobello, Italy.

Other Places

  “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin