When hunters cannot hunt the wild boar, the doves visit

They came to visit one summer, I hope they come again. They spent a day at our home, by the pool, then lined up on our tiled roof for a while. It felt serene, magical, almost like the fireflies that came last night and will stay as it heats up – until they take their magical white light elsewhere.

Here in Piemonte, the hunters have been put on pause and it reminds me of the current debate in Venice. For 15 months La Serenissima was without visitors and I went the moment it opened. It was surreal. I remember what it was like when I lived nearby in Lignano Sabbiadoro, it was packed, like that, back in 2012.

And now, it feels surreal, enjoying a break from the tourists. Apparently UNESCO is warning them, like Florence, the weight of tourism is too heavy. For now, the Venetians are seriously discussing curbing those cruise ships. I hope they do, and do even more to limit the tourists…..it’s even more serene than before….

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