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For the People of Italy and Beyond

As I write this post, I feel a mixture of emotions. It is soul-rending feeling not be in Italy but at the same time I feel happy to remember all the moments I spent this summer in Bel Paese.

This post is to all the people of Italy and beyond who were part of my travels, who helped me when I was in the country, who touched my life in some way. Strangers who smiled at me and made me feel safe in a foreign land, a special thank you to you. 

hope someday I get to become a part of someone’s blog post just like these people have become a part of mine. Grazie mille to the couple at the train station who made sure I reached Perugia safely and provided me numbers of taxis in case I missed my connecting train. I couldn’t have been in Perugia without your help and guidance. 

I am grateful to the lady from Bologna who knew very little English but still helped me when I asked her the way.

Grazie to the people of Gubbio for helping me know more about Festa dei ceri. I am beaming thinking about the girl from Sicily who took a lovely picture of me amongst a horde of people in Gubbio. Thank you to the Baglioni Hotels for their love and support throughout my stay in Venice


I am indebted to my lovely host at my B&B in Trieste who made sure that every morning I had warm breakfast and coffee. 

Thanks to the man in the train who helped me with my luggage. I appreciate it. I loved the thoughtfulness of the woman who made sure I reached Orvieto safely. So sweet, cara.

I enjoyed munching chocolates with an Australian couple who shared their precious Perugina chocolates with me. 

I smile when I think of the caffe owner in Florence who made my day when he sang a song. 


Last but not the least, to all my lovely friends Margie, Victoria, Susan, Orna, Molly and Alexander whom I met for the first time in Italy but with whom I feel like I have a friendship of a lifetime. You guys are so important to me and I hope one day we all meet together.


Grazie mille, amici.. A presto!

46 Comments

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  • laubao
    December 8, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Ciao Ishita!

    Many thanks for the “like” on my post!! …and noce to meet you!
    You cannot imagine I surprised I was to find your blog and discover that you love my country!!
    I am also really pleased to hear that you met such nice people in Italy!
    Buona serata!!
    Laura

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    • laubao
      December 8, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      ..sorry…”nice” to meet you!! Misspelt!

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    • Ishita
      December 11, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Ciao Laura! I’m happy you found my blog 🙂 welcome! Where are you from in Italy?? Hope to see you one day x

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      • laubao
        December 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        I come from Prato, a city at about 20km from Firenze …but I now live in England (Cambridgeshire)! It will be nice to meet you in Italy o e day!! x

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        • Ishita
          December 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm

          Oh it will be so good! I’ve never seen prato 🙂

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  • Len Kagami
    November 4, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Lovely post! And the cup of coffee in Florence is just amazing. I saw it in another post of yours and wonder where you could get such an art 😉

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    • Ishita
      November 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks Ken. If you are ever in Florence then visit News Café 🙂

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  • Luca Marchiori
    March 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I can see why you fell in love with Italy after so many wonderful experiences. I hope you get to come back soon!

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    • Ishita
      March 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks Luca. Very sweet of you. I am soon 🙂

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  • sardinia2see
    January 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I had the same feeling when was visiting Italy, people kind and every holidays were amazing. Nowadays I’m living in Italy and still enjoying every little thing.
    Following you!;)
    Ps. this chocolate looks amazing! i’m sure it tasted so good as well!

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    • Ishita
      January 8, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by :)) Lucky u! Have fun 😀

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  • noreenmcg
    December 30, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I feel the same! Miss Italy already and I’m only home a week! Looking forward to returning in Spring. 🙂

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    • Ishita
      January 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I understand it. That’s great then 🙂

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  • PostcardZ from Victoria
    December 29, 2015 at 7:53 am

    It’s so sweet to look back on all of the magical times, isn’t it? (I just recounted many of mine for 2015 and I think you’ll see a lovely familiar face in there!) Abbracci & buon nuovo anno!

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    • Ishita
      December 29, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Really it is. Whenever I look at this post, I smile 🙂 heading to yours now cara. Baci! :* buon nuovo anno

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  • Italian Storytellers (@ItaStorytellers)
    December 15, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    You missed me!!! Did you remember when you wrote me months ago? 😀
    Hope to meet here next time you come back to Italy!

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    • Ishita
      December 15, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Haha this is an old post from the people whom I met in May. I wrote to you after that. I still have to meet you! next trip!

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  • bibsandgigs
    December 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    We certainly are the best 😉

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    • Ishita
      December 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Haha 🙂 thanks for stopping by. Yes you are 😀

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  • gmcguireinrome
    December 11, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    What a beautiful post! So generous and touching.

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    • Ishita
      December 12, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you Gillian 🙂 I met some very wonderful people.

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  • Avinash Gupta
    December 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    So much love in one post 🙂

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    • Ishita
      December 12, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      I met great people who needed to be highlighted 🙂

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  • voguishlychic
    December 11, 2015 at 12:05 am

    What a lovely post Ishita. Lovely Read

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    • Ishita
      December 11, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Thanks darling 🙂

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  • margieinitaly
    December 10, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    How did I miss this post? I love rely I g the memories of meeting you and the other Italy bloggers in Venice, Ishita!! Grazie Cara. Hope we can do it all over again one day

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    • Ishita
      December 10, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      I am glad you found it now 🙂 grazie for this lifelong friendship Margie .. I hope too 🙂

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  • jo Anne Febish
    November 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Great blog, I certainly share your love of all things Italian!

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    • Ishita
      November 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks Jo Anne. We are kindred spirits then 🙂

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  • writenlive
    August 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Oh, how lovely! That you remember not just the wonderful places but the wonderful people as well!

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    • Ishita
      August 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you. I miss those ppl esp the couple who helped me in perugia!

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  • Tony S
    July 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for the vote of confidence! I just might have to try it some day.

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  • Ishita Sood
    July 31, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I thought the same when I was sceptical of starting a blog too. Just start! It will help., Il be your first reader 🙂

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  • Tony S
    July 31, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I have thought about it, but I am not sure I am technologically savvy enough, or that good of a writer for that matter. 🙂

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  • Ishita Sood
    July 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks a lot Tony. Why don't you start writing about your experiences too? 🙂

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  • Tony S
    July 29, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    What a great post, to look back on the people not just the places, sights and food! Made me stop and think of the people I encountered on my trip to Italy and realize that they played an important part in making my trip memorable too. Bravo!

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  • Ishita Sood
    July 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks Lyn 🙂 I agree. Italy has some very special people.

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  • Ishita Sood
    July 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you Orna 🙂 I sure will as soon as I get a chance!

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  • Travelling with Lyn
    July 29, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Very nice. It is always the people who make the place wherever we go.

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  • Orna O'Reilly
    July 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Lovely tribute. Come back soon! 🙂

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  • Ishita Sood
    July 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks a lot PB!

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  • Ishita Sood
    July 29, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Really is. It was an emotional experience writing this post 🙁

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  • Priyanka Bhardwaj
    July 29, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Love the thought that goes behind specially mentioning all those who made your trip a memorable one <3 🙂

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  • Priyanka Mahajan
    July 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    its so good to meet lovely people.. 🙂

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