I often tell people that many of Dream of Italy’s subscribers might just be even more passionate about Italia than me. And I clearly love it so very much. One of those subscribers that I have in mind is Richard Katzev who has been subscribing to Dream of Italy since January 2003. From time to time, I get e-mails from him telling me about his latest adventures in Florence and Tuscany.
I’m happy to share with you that Richard has published a book of essays about his travels to this part of Italy. It is called A Sense of Place. Here is how he describes it:
“Querencia is a Spanish word that expresses the affection a person feels for the place one calls home and the sense of well being and belonging that one experiences when there. Florence, more than any other place I visit, is where I begin to think about the meaning of home and the journey one takes to find one’s own querencia: When it is warm, I hike up into the hills on the other side of the Arno and look down upon the city and surrounding countryside. I view the oleander, bougainvillea, olive and pine trees, and well-nourished hillsides. It is idyllic, a place to live and have your home.”
Congratulations to Richard!