For us, there are many advantages to being in one place for a while. We re-learn them every time we travel and stay in a new place. We realize it is something important, but it always becomes more evident after about two weeks.
When we were in France we learned a name for it, les petite choses, “the little things”. Here in Italy it is le piccole cose.
Sometimes the little things are small, like a flower or a child’s toy left on a bench; or a shadow that creates patterns on a floor, or a shaft of colored light through stained-glass.
But other times “the little things” are larger. Like the surprises that greet you as you round a corner and see a beautiful scene illuminated by an afternoon’s low, golden light.
In our experience, being aware of “the little things” is the result of simply taking the time to “be there”.
Wherever you are.
Verona is getting busy. The days are getting warmer and longer, and there are more tourists than when we first arrived, but amid the increasing hustle and bustle, it’s easy to turn down a small vicolo and away into another world.
No more words, just a collection of images of the last week or two.
(If you’re interested, there is a section of this blog devoted to past Les Petite Choses images)