Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

It’s amazing to see how quickly the body recovers from a day’s rest and a good meal. For dinner last night we had Ravioli again, this time with amazing spinach, mushroom, and cream sauce. Had to order seconds. On the way out we complimented the chef who turned out to be the owner. Turns out he is from Punjab running an Italian restaurant making this amazing Ravioli.

This morning as we were leaving it was sprinkling. For just a moment we debated calling it a day and taking a bus. Fortunately it was a fleeting thought, because it was a perfect day with varieties of everything, but most especially, of the views. We put on our rain jacket and backpack cover and moved on. The sprinkle did not last long, but it gave us an opportunity to use what we have been carrying for a month!

Our half way point was this gorgeous waterfall (that is what they say since it was not on today!) (Have you ever heard of such a thing?)

Turns out, during the Roman times, they diverted the water away from the Reiti valley over the mountain toward Terni. Over time, they came to a compromise as Terni was flooding. Now they turn the waterfall on only on weekends, so we missed our chance to see it!

The picture above shows where it gushes out when it’s turned on.

We started going down from the dam towards the picturesque town of Piediluco.

We had our lunch looking at our destination for today, about 4 km away.

We are now settled in this beautiful lake town of Piediluco.

We head toward these mountains tomorrow. This is the view from our balcony.

Since I borrowed the title of Dr. Seuss today, I will leave you with a portion of his beautiful views delightful book!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

by

Dr. Seuss

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself 
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, 
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You’ll be on y our way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind…

4 thoughts on “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

  1. Agnes De Doncker

    another beautiful day – it looks like you guys have been lucky so far with the weather this being your first day of rain and I know you have a special day coming up in a few enjoy

    Reply
  2. Carolyn Loram

    Wow! Loved this post so much. A lot of the photos are paintings! Love the one of Patty at lakeside having lunch. Dr. Seuss is perfect! Many good things for your special day, E., and many happy returns! Love, Nani

    Reply
  3. Sam Jiwani

    Rain or shine – you guys keep going. At times, the ups and downs may be rough but you always have a “window seat” to the beautiful world…

    Reply

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