Beautiful Florence

Posted: April 6, 2011 in Travel & Tourism
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Me, in Florence!

Have you ever visited a place and had an overwhelming feeling like you’ve been there before?  A feeling like you fit in, like you belong; a second home.  The air, streets and scenery are unequivocally and inexplicably familiar.  It isn’t déjà-vu, which seems to last for mere seconds — this feeling I’m talking about remains and lingers.  Maybe you could say this was home in another lifetime, if you believe in that type of stuff.

I visited various parts of Italy a few years back, and Florence (or Firenze as the locals call it) hit me with that very feeling — even though I had never been to any part of Europe.  Florence is a modern, busy city, but still has the charming feel of a true renaissance era boasting with impressive architecture that serves to remind you that this is a place full of history.  Surrounded by the beautiful Tuscany hills and medieval towns, exploration is a must.  All of it beautiful and all of it felt strangely familiar.

Am I crazy or have any of you had a similar experience?  A home away from home, even though you’d never step foot on that land before?

I have yet to return, but I know I must — I’m feeling “homesick” for a place I’ve never called home.


  1. momfog says:

    I’m jealous. I’ve never been anywhere. I plan to travel when I’m 49. My youngest will be 18 and not my problem anymore. HaHa.

    Beautiful photos.

  2. haha! Well at least you have a plan! So many beautiful places to see. Makes me wish I had more time — and more money! 🙂

  3. kiwikar says:

    I never had that feeling. But I’ve always had the feeling that I don’t belong in this country I live in. A few years ago I was convinced I’d feel more at home in Ireland and right now I really want to see New Zealand. I hope I can visit both countries one day and find out what it feels like to be there.

  4. Ireland and New Zealand seem fantastic. I hope you take the voyage!

  5. pinkbambi13 says:

    Since I’m going to Italy in about 3 months, this was just wonderful to read. And yes, I have had that feeling. Vancouver is my second home and although it is nothing like my city, I still have this weird feeling that it really is, that I know it in some way. Hmm.. Anyways, great post!

  6. Italy in 3 months? Can you say, jealous!! 🙂

    Italy is beautiful, albeit busy, in the summer!

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