Scenic Florence

I feel so much brighter today. I spent my mid-morning finishing the walking tour of Florence then made a pit stop at the Piazza Santa Croce before crossing the river to the other side of Florence. The walk alongside the river was pleasant. I visited the Rose Garden, which is quite beautiful, before climbing the […]

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Florence V: Just My Luck- Part 2

New Generation Festival-Night II First came his violin. Then his voice speaking mutedly to whoever is beside him. I am unable to see him due to a structural obstruction and when he soon walks up to the stage I still can’t see him at all. He is basically wedged between two large statues, one of […]

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Florence V: Just My Luck

New Generation Festival-Night II When my alarm wakes me up, I head to the bathroom to get ready and this time I am not as nervous as I get dressed. I don’t try to leave a bit earlier as I did the night before and I don’t even put as much effort (or time) into […]

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Florence IV: Sugar, Spice, & Everything Nice

Today I decided to do a Florence walk following the *Rick Steves Audio-guide tour. I started with the Duomo which I finally got to see in full for the first time and ended up circling around the church before I found the starting point. It is beautiful but I did not end up entering the […]

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Florence III: Opening Night Continued

New Generation Festival-Night I I find the second half of the opera to be much more enjoyable than the first and once the show ends, I go in search of the restroom. When I come out, I make my way to the room where a Jazz band is set up for the next phase of […]

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Florence III: Opening Night

New Generation Festival- Night I I choose to get my outfit ready for tonight’s festival prior to taking a nap and while ironing my dress for the occasion I find that a corner of one of my straps is loosening. I am forced to dig up a safety pin since I don’t have a sewing […]

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Florence I: Joy, Grace, Pleasure & Heart

When I arrived in Florence today there was almost a snafu with my luggage but I managed to get through it and make it to the shuttle stop with minimal fuss. At the pickup spot I met three Americans who were super cool and had just rounded up a trip in Paris prior to arriving […]

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The Future of Black Youth (in America)- Revisited

It is with a heart that I write this letter. Another black youth slaughtered for no apparent reason. Based on the grounds that someone else felt uncomfortable, supposedly viscerally threatened by the sight of you. Your mere presence engenders such fear in another human being that they feel the only solution to ease their fear, […]

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Cagnes-sur-Mer & Menton

Cagnes-sur-Mer I visited Musée Renoir today and the grounds are beautiful. It makes me want to move to the South of France and buy a villa. As I was standing on the second floor balcony, I looked to the right and in the distance, high above, was my next destination. I walked from Renoir’s house […]

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