Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The last time I spoke to my friend he was heading to Germany to his friend’s wedding and will be gone for a month or so. Then postcards started arriving. The first one was from Venice, with just a short Italian sentence, which probably says in English, “Surprise Jesusa! Hello from Venice.” What can I remember about Venice? My first impression on the boat approaching the city was, “Magnificent!” I probably could have stayed there longer but the tour group I joined had to move on. But I loved every minute of it, the gondola ride, walking in front of the Basilica di San Marco, walking through the narrow streets and enjoying a cup of cappuccino in one of the cafes.
The second postcard dated 2 days later came from Firenze (Florence), the same time I was in Florence 7 years ago. This time he wrote a longer note, how he thought this was a pretty interesting city. Oh how I loved Florence! The view of the city was breathtaking. It reminded me of a lifelike museum quality painting. Miles and miles of bright splash colors of the rooftops and buildings. I remember standing there and was thinking of the landscape being the backdrop to my wedding photo.
The third postcard arrived today dated 2 days later from the second one. This one had “Helvetia” stamps. He even wrote that this one would stump me, and it did! He got this postcard in Basel, Switzerland while he saw a Vincent van Gogh – Between Earth and Heaven Exhibition. This postcard was kind of special, it’s a Renoir painting called “Young Girls at the Piano,” he even had a little p.s. on the side telling me how this one reminded him of me and one of my sisters. This postcard is big reminder to myself that this is one more place on my “list of places to go” that I still have to check off.
I am looking forward to the next postcard. I hope there’s more to come.