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.
I 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!
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laubaoDecember 8, 2017 at 11:33 pm
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!
laubaoDecember 8, 2017 at 11:34 pm
..sorry…”nice” to meet you!! Misspelt!
IshitaDecember 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
laubaoDecember 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
IshitaDecember 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm
Oh it will be so good! I’ve never seen prato 🙂
Len KagamiNovember 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 😉
IshitaNovember 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm
Thanks Ken. If you are ever in Florence then visit News Café 🙂
Luca MarchioriMarch 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!
IshitaMarch 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm
Thanks Luca. Very sweet of you. I am soon 🙂
sardinia2seeJanuary 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.
Ps. this chocolate looks amazing! i’m sure it tasted so good as well!
IshitaJanuary 8, 2016 at 7:45 pm
Thank you so much for stopping by :)) Lucky u! Have fun 😀
noreenmcgDecember 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. 🙂
IshitaJanuary 1, 2016 at 10:08 am
I understand it. That’s great then 🙂
PostcardZ from VictoriaDecember 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!
IshitaDecember 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
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!
IshitaDecember 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!
bibsandgigsDecember 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm
We certainly are the best 😉
IshitaDecember 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm
Haha 🙂 thanks for stopping by. Yes you are 😀
bibsandgigsDecember 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm
gmcguireinromeDecember 11, 2015 at 8:13 pm
What a beautiful post! So generous and touching.
IshitaDecember 12, 2015 at 1:15 pm
Thank you Gillian 🙂 I met some very wonderful people.
Avinash GuptaDecember 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm
So much love in one post 🙂
IshitaDecember 12, 2015 at 1:16 pm
I met great people who needed to be highlighted 🙂
voguishlychicDecember 11, 2015 at 12:05 am
What a lovely post Ishita. Lovely Read
IshitaDecember 11, 2015 at 10:31 am
Thanks darling 🙂
margieinitalyDecember 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
IshitaDecember 10, 2015 at 10:25 pm
I am glad you found it now 🙂 grazie for this lifelong friendship Margie .. I hope too 🙂
jo Anne FebishNovember 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm
Great blog, I certainly share your love of all things Italian!
IshitaNovember 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm
Thanks Jo Anne. We are kindred spirits then 🙂
writenliveAugust 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm
Oh, how lovely! That you remember not just the wonderful places but the wonderful people as well!
IshitaAugust 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm
Thank you. I miss those ppl esp the couple who helped me in perugia!
Tony SJuly 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm
Thanks for the vote of confidence! I just might have to try it some day.
Ishita SoodJuly 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 🙂
Tony SJuly 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. 🙂
Ishita SoodJuly 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm
Thanks a lot Tony. Why don't you start writing about your experiences too? 🙂
Tony SJuly 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!
Ishita SoodJuly 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm
Thanks Lyn 🙂 I agree. Italy has some very special people.
Ishita SoodJuly 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm
Thank you Orna 🙂 I sure will as soon as I get a chance!
Travelling with LynJuly 29, 2015 at 8:38 pm
Very nice. It is always the people who make the place wherever we go.
Orna O'ReillyJuly 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm
Lovely tribute. Come back soon! 🙂
Ishita SoodJuly 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm
Thanks a lot PB!
Ishita SoodJuly 29, 2015 at 7:04 pm
Really is. It was an emotional experience writing this post 🙁
Priyanka BhardwajJuly 29, 2015 at 6:42 pm
Love the thought that goes behind specially mentioning all those who made your trip a memorable one <3 🙂
Priyanka MahajanJuly 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm
its so good to meet lovely people.. 🙂