Overwhelmed By Beauty?

Travel has always been one of my passions.

But now, at the end of my first (of many, hopefully) Italian trips, I feel a little overwhelmed.

Too much beauty: in art, in nature, in people.

This here is my third attempt at blogging from my phone, this time on the train from Rome to Milan. Love that my phone lets me not only click pictures and edit them, but also make collages– all from a train doing 240 km an hour.

I’d been to various parts of Asia so far, and loved it— but my first European trip has left me breathless and craving for more. Here are a few clicks from the Rome Museum ( which do only moderate justice to the sheer grace and grandeur of everything I saw)

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by any country you’ve been to?


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  1. Michael E Picray

    Just a bit about me – I’m a published author/writer, amateur economist, former accountant, organic farmer, etc… I do lots of things – have lots of interests.

    I’ve been around the world (circumnavigated) a couple of times, and I consider Rome to be my favorite city in the world. Sidney, AUS was very clean, but not very interesting. Rio was very dirty, and had some nice sights, but was not very engaging to me. Singapore was fun, but it was hard for me to find fun things to do. (Maybe I was there at the wrong time of year, and you can only watch them feed chicken to the crocs so many times before it becomes boring.) I found Japan and Hong Kong to be amazing places. But Rome… incomparable!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you feel like you need a “short story/vignette fix”, go back there and hit the “writing” header, then page back through the short-shorts I’ve posted there. If you’d like to email me, I’d be happy to discuss whatever. (FYI – I’m not on Facebook, I don’t “twit’, etc.) So “Ta” for now. ;-D


  2. trinimomindmiddle

    Thank you for following my blog! These pictures are truly inspirational! Italy is on my bucket list and I hope to visit once before I die, but you make me feel as though I need to visit it more than once! Look forward to more great writing from you!


    • Michael E Picray

      If I may… if you plan to visit Italy, I’d suggest you study up on the history of the place. Go way back to the city/State period – which is when a lot of the famous art was created. You’ll also want to delve into the Roman Empire, which is when a lot more of it was created. Then look at the availability of things that might interest you. For example – IIRC Napoli/Naples is famous for making cameos. It’s a fascinating place!


  3. Michelle [michalogy]

    Lovely photos, it’s amazing how technology has advanced in the last few years and that you were able to blog and make photo collages on your phone. Very efficient :) European countries in general are overwhelming, so much history to take in mainly. I went for a month-long stint back in 2012 but I’m aching to go back there and explore it all when I have sufficient funds and time to do so.

    Thank you for following my blog btw, I love your idea of “writing every day” for your blog. It’s something I would like to do too, but I think it may be a little ambitious, considering what spare time I have haha. I aim to do 2 posts a week, we’ll see how that goes :)


  4. joannern

    Hi there! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I was only able to visit Sicily on a work trip and it was beautiful. However, one destination that did overwhelm me was Norway. I went there on another work trip and traveled to Lovund, a tiny island. The scenery left me dumbfounded and it was almost like I was in a dream. Even now, as I recall the trip, I can’t believe it was real. I am glad I took a journal with me though, and was able to jot down my feelings and process the journey.


  5. Nicola Young

    I love Italy. It’s such a beautiful country and every region you go to is so different, with it’s own culture, food and even language in some places. Rome is my favourite city and I’ve been three times now. It’s not only the amazing architecture that leaves you stunned, it’s the feeling of the ancient past being so close that you can touch it and almost feel it too.


  6. Barbara

    I know how you feel. I spent a month in Italy on a painting holiday. A week of which I spent in Florence. The mind just can’t take in the reality of actually being in the presence of so many art works that one has admired in books all one’s life. I was particularly affected by ‘David’ – I can’t identify the emotion but it was overwhelming.
    One day I’ll put it in a story.


  7. Paul J. Stam

    Yes, I know what you mean. There is something inspiring about the beauty found in mankind and in the things man can create. But now, in my twilight years, I’m content with the beauty in nature although I still try to create beauty with my sculpture, but it isn’t anything compared to what the Italian masters have done.
    I want to thank you for liking the excerpt “Murder Sets Sail – Chapter 1” on writingiam.workpress.com.
    Were you able to write something everyday during your travels in Italy?
    Thanks again and Blessings and Aloha – pjs.


  8. vothikhanhhoa

    Europe has the power to overwhelmed people with it’s beauty. My father had traveled to France, Germany but not Italy. I was fascinated only by seeing his photos taken in those countries. Now your photos are burning me with e desire to come to Italy :)


  9. writingsprint

    First, what a blessing to be overwhelmed by beauty! I’ve always wanted to visit Rio to hopefully be overwhelmed by the love of dance and music there. I felt overwhelmed by the sense of history when I went to England. Coming form a country that’s only a little over two hundred years old, it’s something else to walk in a country that’s thousands of years old.


  10. datmama4

    Italy is one of those places I hope to visit someday. Your photos are gorgeous! The only “big” traveling I’ve done was to Turkey, and I was able to visit the ruins at Ephesus two years in a row. The architecture was so beautiful, and I felt as if I had to touch everything I passed. My favorite? The library there, of course.


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