Monday, November 12, 2007

Macerata Monday

I know it's nearing the end of the day, and I'm just getting around to putting this photo for Macerata Monday online. But it's been that kind of day, and when I finally got home this evening, after racing around here and there to get things done (even though, in total hours of paid work, I only registered a few, I felt like I was running around all over the place running errands and doing last week's shopping), I settled in to read a good book on the couch, and I almost found myself stuck there, tired out from a long day, and wanting to just close my eyes and take a nice nap.

And this picture conjures up the feel of that kind of autumn evening well--with the sun having just gone down, and that beautiful blue sky over Macerata's city centre and, more specifically, the long row of Scalette that runs from low Piazza Mazzini to high Piazza della Liberta'. I have a ton of memories connected to these stairs, the first of which were the walks that we'd take up it in the early morning, coming to class as university students nine years ago, trying as much as we could to find a shortcut that didn't actually involve climbing the whole set of stairs. Maybe that's why I prefer taking photos of it from above looking down, as I'm on my way from the higher piazza to the lower one. At this hour of evening, the whole place is bathed in a golden lamplight that, along with the pure blue sky, gives me a shiver of gladness every time I make my way down the stairs--be it a hurried rush or an evening stroll.

At this hour, with all of the people around, all of the shops open, and the night just coming in, these steps down the Scalette are that moment in the day when I look around and think, "So, this is where I live? Macerata, Italy. Wow. Lucky me."



At 8:59 AM, Blogger Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita said...

You are lucky indeed :)

At 9:43 AM, Blogger rowena said...

Come on Jackie, admit it! At one point or other you must've muttered "work those buns! work those buns!" in order to encourage thyself up those steps! But I imagine that it can be a lot discouraging if you had to walk up almost every day!

This morning it was 40F outside. A real shock to the senses as yesterday morning it was 50!

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Stelle in Italia said...

well, i do have to say that the only time i say "Lucky me" is when i'm walking DOWN-hill :)!

Here it says it is supposed to SNOW tomorrow! what happened to the nice, mild winter last year?

At 5:49 PM, Blogger Stelle in Italia said...

Ah! Le scalette! So many memories up and down those steps...che bella, Macerata. Are those little bits of white snow on the stones at the top of the stairs?! There was a chance of flurries last night in Indy but no white stuff this morning.

At 6:34 PM, Blogger The Passionate Palate said...

Yes, lucky you! That is the time of day you would find my husband and I in Bar Pierino down below, having a glass of Prosecco and some stuzzichini running into lots of acquaintances and friens we haven't seen since the previous year. I, too, love that time of day!


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