Dolce Vita Bloggers: A Love Letter to Italy
My Dearest Italy,
We’ve known each other for some time now and I think it’s time you knew how I truly feel.
I remember the first time we met. A young girl, impressionable and discovering the world around me. You must have known this. You embraced me with your words, smells and sentiments.
I think you knew long before I did that we were destined to be more than just a passing moment.
Although we were miles apart, you always found a way to me – I’d see you in the faces of people around me and hear you in the sounds that floated through the air. It was bewitching to me – how such a brief moment, so many years ago, could have such an impact on my heart and soul.
There was a string that bound us together – the push and pull like a mystifying dance, a dream, a childish wish. Only we were miles apart, an ocean between us.
But, you knew. You knew the evil game destiny had in store. The crushing, life-changing heartbreak I would have to endure. That push, that would bring me back into your arms again.
I returned to you, only this time broken, insecure and uncertain, but deep down hopeful.
They say to truly fall in love you need to let go of your inhibitions, be vulnerable, open yourself up to let love in. You were definitely out of my comfort zone, and you knew this. You enticed me, you teased me and made me question everything.
You’ve changed me, or perhaps showed me who I really am.
You aren’t perfect and you never pretend to be. You taught me to embrace imperfections, after all, they are part of life, a part of all of us. They are honest and they are beautiful.
You know how to push my buttons, and at times you frustrate me, making me wonder if what we have is really right.
But then, you do something, so unexpected, so glorious, so perfect and I’m swept off my feet and falling back into your arms, once again bound in our unbreakable bond.
Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to – there are rough days, bad dreams, but you are always there. You remind me, in your at times quirky and unpredictable way, that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously – just breath, la vita e’ bella.
The intoxicating energy of your piazzas.
The enchanting labyrinth of your cobblestone streets.
The divine aroma and flavors of your cuisine.
The immaculate sunsets that capture my soul, evoking an explosion of emotions.
And the late nights tangled in each others embrace – the world outside blurred if only for just a moment in time.
There’s no question,
I’m in love with you.
I’ve always loved you.
I will always love you.
Forever Yours, LuLu
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What do you love about Italy? I’d love to know, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!