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E-mail from Monday, September 8th, 2016

Buona sera!

All musicians among you (the larger part) will easily guess what I mean with the subject of the e-mail. Since Italy was the point of origin for classical music, the Italian language is used to give instructions on sheet music. It's great fun to read or hear it back in everyday life. Though I doubt it very much that a conversation has any meaning with only tempo, dynamics and articulation instructions.

But we're going 'un poco rallentando', a bit slower. Relative from an allegretto to an adagio. The reason is not that good. On Sunday Remy got sick. In the morning it looked like nothing out of the ordinary, but when he had to decorate the Tuscan streets with the contents of his stomach a couple of times, we decided to get to the nearest hotel.

And there we are now. A small hotel in a small village, Altopascio, where i had to look for an (open!) supermarket on an Sunday afternoon for some clean drinking water and food. This hotel is one without breakfast or dinner. By now Remy is recovering and tomorrow morning we decide if we go cycling or stay for one more day.

One more thing about Florence. We been there for two nights. We had a great time, but after the second night we had our share.

In Florence there is a special clinic for people with the syndrome of Stendhal: while the average tourist in Florence gets to deal with museum-fatigue, some sensitive people get affected by the Stedhal syndrome. The symptoms of this psychic crisis, for which especially jung women who travel alone appear to be sensitive, vary from fear and depressions to fever and a desire to vandalise art pieces
Even though I think I'm not at risk, ever since Remy knows this, he has a wary look in his eyes...

I think I'd sooner be affected by museum-fatigue, so I found one museum good enough and that became Museo Galileo. Very interesting, but without the risk of the above mentioned symptoms by lack of art - if you don't count the wonderful inscriptions you'll see on display.

Now were close to Lucca. And yes, that's not in the direction of Rome. Because we have time left, we'll cycle 'andante ma non troppo' through Tuscany which will take us to Lucca, Pisa and Volterra. We continue in the direction of Sienna from where it goes almost in a straight line south to Rome.


Remy & Gea


Camping Michelangelo, FlorenceToscane ten oosten van Vinci

View to Florence from the campsite / Toscany north of Vinci