Eat Popcorn, Pray you don’t snore, and rent Casablanca
ALIVIA UPDATE: Our little one is stable with medical support, and they are doing tests to determine cause and treatment options. We are so grateful for your prayers.
I am glad I bought the book EAT PRAY LOVE — because of the scenery. I will wander around Italy with anyone, even the author. I was annoyed that it took her three weeks and the urging of a friend to find her way into a church or museum to see the incredible art. While watching Italian men strut around Piazza Navona can be a religious experience, one needs some balance such as being awestruck by a Caravaggio or falling in love with a marble bust of a long-dead Roman senator.
The shallowness of her experience did not deter me until she got to India. That’s where I left her, there on page whatever. She does not get India. Not at all. Of course I have to see the movie because part of it was filmed in Italy. And, for an out-of-novel experience, the villa where Julia Roberts stayed during the filming can be rented through Doorways (www.villavacations.com), an agency owned and operated by a friend who has the only such agency I would recommend. She would never represent a property like you-know-who does as being “just steps from the sea.” It was 900 steps, downhill sharply. No bus, no gondola, no hunky Italian to lean on. Uphill was a horror that by the grace of God did not turn into a cerebral hemorrhage.
So, I am going to the movie Wednesday with Cathy, an Irish woman engaged to my son. She has never been to Italy or India. Neither of us have been to Bali. We both love popcorn, pasta, and I assume she loves Casablanca. We will share our opinions on a subsequent blog. Many EPL movie reviews are emerging. Ours won’t be the best or the worst. Editors are not standing by … PR firms are not scissored up for the clipping. The stock market will not fluctuate when our review wings into e-world. But, we will be honest. 900 steps will not be “just a few.”