Eat, Pray and Love, Under the Tuscan Sun…

Okay, I admit it, I have watched Eat, Pray & Love, a couple of times. I also admit that as soon as the movie starts, I skip to where Roberts is in Italy, so I can look at the buildings and watch the actors flip off the bad drivers and annoying people.   I’m half Italian and it took years for me to stop talking with my hands, so it’s fun to see people do it and not get yelled at.  After she leaves Italy, I skip to a couple of the parts with Javier Bardem because…well, just because.  After I watch a few minutes of him, I turn off the movie.   All in all, I probably watch about fifteen or twenty minutes of the entire film and this is why: every single thing Roberts does in the film would seem ordinary,  if there wasn’t a camera on her, taking CLOSE UPS.  If we weren’t watching her slurp up her pasta, she would just be a person sitting alone, at an outdoor cafe, eating pasta (like everyone else).  We sit and eat pasta too, although I don’t look around, while I’m eating, waiting for the carb police to attack, but hey, that’s her problem. The thing is, if someone took close ups of us eating pasta, and then we watched the pictures of ourselves eating pasta, it would be weird, sure, but it would make a difference in how we felt, about ourselves eating pasta.

The weirdest part is when she buys the purple nightie and then makes her egg, puts everything on the floor and sits, in the most uncomfortable position imaginable, to eat and read the paper,  Notice, that when she picks up the paper (another close up),  the sound it makes is magnified and captures the viewer’s imagination.  Anyway, I’ve see that part twice and I laughed both times.  Maybe I’m just not a romantic, but then I wouldn’t ride on a motorcycle, in winter, wearing only lingerie, while holding on to a guy fully clothed and wearing a jacket and gloves, (yes, I have seen that in ads,  and yes I do wonder about the mental stability of the woman).   The point is, shots of a person dropping an egg in water is not truly noteworthy.  As a matter of fact, I made made lunch for my cousin today and nothing I did seemed to grab her attention at all.  I loving took rolls out of the oven…nothing…I made a  beautiful salad, she didn’t even flinch.  The chocolate cake, with Ben & Jerry ice-cream, covered in dark chocolate sauce was good, but she never once asked if she could take a soft focus, close up picture of it…instead, she just ate it.  I admit, I didn’t have background music on, and the lighting may not have been perfect, but I don’t think that would have mattered in the least, because we were in the real world and that kind of takes the close up’s out of the picture (I think the pun was intended).

People fall in love with things they see on the screen, even though they know it’s a fantasy.  Think about it,  Julia Roberts has an egg and asparagus while sitting on the floor in an apartment where the ceiling is held up by scaffolding, the walls are peeling (chic), and she has to fill the bathtub with a tea kettle, oh, and she can’t have boys in her room. But there she is, reading the paper in her nightgown, while sitting in a truly uncomfortable position, alone.  Show of hands…how many of you would rent a place like that?  A TEA KETTLE?  No BOYS?  If we did any of that stuff at home…LOLOL…never mind.  It’s only interesting because we are watching her, close up in shadowed lighting. And yes, I do know that the film is based on a book and I do know that the character is finding herself and doing things for herself.  In spite of that, um, I don’t think so.  I’m just sayin’.

Okay, Bardem is reason enough to watch the movie, but if anyone of us went to Italy, or India, I doubt we would find lifelong friends, fall in love, garner enough birthday money to help someone build a house, or learn fluent Italian from an amazing teacher in a couple of weeks, but again,  I could be wrong.

And then there’s Under the Tuscan Sun.  I love Under the Tuscan Sun. I do. The photography is fabulous and the house fabulous.  The actors are perfect.  It’s a movie.  They eat together, fall in love and it’s all caught on camera.  How many people go to Tuscany, stop the tour bus, buy a house and never come back to their homeland, wherever that might be?  Even if people did do those things, how many of them would meet the perfect person to help them hire people to remodel their house,  save them, time and time again,  and watch over them until they were settled?  Maybe I’m just jaded and that kind of thing happens all the time, I’m not sure.  I haven’t done any research on the subject.

Having said that…my cousin and I are going to Italy:)  And Paris (again for me).  I’m not going to buy a house or eat alone on the floor, at least I don’t think I’m going to do those things, unless I meet up with Bardem and he thinks it’s a good idea.  That’s probably a long shot though, something that only happens in the movies.  Although, last time I was in Paris, a waiter kept telling he loved me.  He drew a lovely heart on my receipt, every time I ate there, and when I walked by the restaurant (it was on the corner by the hotel)  he blew kisses at me and told me he loved me again and again. I guess that’s something.  He didn’t look anything like Bardem, but I don’t look anything like Julia Roberts.  Every single male I saw in Paris was GQ material, so he was still adorable.  Anyway, it was fun and non threatening.  Okay, moving on….

When I go to Italy, I’m going to start talking with my hands again and that’s okay,  because all the people who used to yell at me for doing it are dead, so I don’t think they care any longer.   I’m hoping it’s like riding a bicycle and the movements will suddenly be there, when I need them.   If I use my hands, I think people will know what I’m saying, even if I don’t speak Italian.  I have the head movements and facial expressions down to a science, so that’s not a problem.  I’m Sicilian, and I have an attitude, granted it’s a Chicago attitude, but it’s an attitude all the same.  I’m half Swedish, and I guess that a should count for something, but in reality, the Swedish part of me just sits quietly and doesn’t bother anyone.  She thinks about Lingonberries, delicately cut out paper goods and lovely desserts with power sugar on top.

We were  originally going to go to Palermo, to find our long lost relatives, since that’s where our grandparents are from,  but there’s not much to do there, at least for me, and I’m not good at doing nothing.  You can climb a live volcano or take a cooking class but, uh, NO.  I’ve seen fabulous PBS shows on volcanos and I usually eat off of a napkin, or out of a potato chip bag so, that won’t work for me.  Besides, I want someone to cook FOR me, so I can eat something besides  pb & j sandwiches all the time.

I’m excited to go to the Vatican.   My cousin and I are both anxious to see if it explodes, or just falls down, when I get close to the buildings.  I’m thinking the stained glass windows will implode and that will be it.  I don’t think I’m bad enough to bring down the buildings, but only time will tell.  The truth is, I just want to see the pigeons, but I’m going to let my cousin sweat it out until the last minute, because that’s what cousins are for.  She’s reserved and orderly.  She can tell me what the money means and read the maps.  I, on the other hand, will get her to loosen up and have some fun.  We both have our areas of expertise and they rarely overlap, so that’s a good thing.  This is the first time we will be going anywhere together in our entire lives, and I’m not sure how things will turn out, but she’s quiet and unlikely to kill me.  She cannot say the same for me.  Our parents are dead and only our kids will know if one of us doesn’t come home.  I think I’ll be the survivor, if things go bad,  but there is that old saying, “Watch out for the quiet ones.”


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34 Responses to Eat, Pray and Love, Under the Tuscan Sun…

  1. When you go to Italy, just come down a bit further, only 60 miles away 🙂 lovely post 🙂

  2. Deborah says:

    What an awesome trip! Have a great time! 🙂

  3. Yay Bling I love this going to Italy and Paris! I’ve never been to either so this will be fun for you! Yay!

    • I love Paris and I’m looking forward to Italy, so it should be a blast. We are both excited about it. I already forgot the little French I knew so I’m brushing up on some phrases. It’s also fun meeting tourists from other parts of the world. There’s kind of a mutual understanding that we are all in a different place and people are very nice. The Parisians I met were all fabulous and very kind and helpful. I’m sure they were hysterical when I tried to speak in French but they were good hearted about it and happy to use English if they could:)

      • Oh wow I think that is wonderful and they are probably used to tourists. I’m so excited for you Bling! 😀 yay

      • Well, Paris is the most visited place in the world so there are tourists everywhere and some of the Parisians don’t like that and I don’t blame them. Part of the problem is that some of the hotels and things are in their neighborhoods so their neighborhood cafe’s are crowded or just too many foreigners are there. It’s true. But the money they get from tourists, keeps them going and their government, like all the other ones is in big trouble. But it’s such a fabulous place.

  4. Sarah says:

    Yes, watch out for the quiet ones. They often come out of their shell on holiday. Who knows what wildness goes on under your cousin’s shell where no-one can judge her? 😉

    • LOL I’ll let your know:) She spends most of her time worried that I will get us into trouble, but that’s just our life-long relationship. LOL We’re going to have a lot of fun and truthfully, I don’t think there’s anything under her shell except more of the same. She has always been the responsible one in her family and that’s pretty much who she became. Still, she’s older now and I can see that she’s changing and getting sillier. 🙂 We have fun together, no matter what we do and truthfully, I’m happy that she’s serious because I do get into trouble. I don’t pay attention to things, I’m too busy writing new stories in my head or looking around or drawing on napkins. I just hand people money and move on. I get lost in the moment and forget about the other things. She doesn’t do that, so if I start to wander away she will pull me back to where we are going. I appreciate that about her. I don’t know if she appreciates anything about me, I’m afraid to ask her. 🙂 We are really the only family we have so we’re stuck with each other:) LOL Her mom and my dad were siblings.

      • Sarah says:

        Sounds like you make a great team. 🙂 I have friendships like that where I’m the responsible one. Doesn’t mean I can’t be silly though and I appreciate my chaotic friends for bringing my creativity out to play. If she’s anything like me she gets as much out of the relationship as she puts in. She probably worries (unnecessarily by the sounds of it) about being a bore and dragging you down. From what I’ve learned about you though, whilst following your blog, she’s probably right to worry about you getting you both into trouble though. 😉 Take it easy on her!

      • I watch out for her. LOL I don’t think she feels like a bore, I think she feels that she’s right about things…LOL But she’s a really good sport and pretty much game for anything, so we have fun. We can both laugh at ourselves and each other, so that’s a good thing. It’s fun to hang with people who are different than you are. Still editing book 2 but almost there:)

      • Sarah says:

        Book 2? Is it more Conversations with Death? Sorry if I’m being forgetful, I’m feeling a bit frazzled at the moment.

      • Yes, it’s written, I’m just editing right now. 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        Great, I look forward to seeing it. 🙂

      • Thank you. I’m working on it. I think it may end up being a trilogy but I’m not sure. 🙂

  5. Oh Gigi. You filled my heart with this post! You are going adventuring!!!!! So in essence, I am too!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPEE! I know you’ll post photo’s of all sorts of things so I have much to look forward to. When you described the movie, you nailed it! My happy ribs say thank you. It’s first thing in the morning and I am laughing already. Huge hugs, smiles, and loads and loads of love!

    • I will definitely take a lot of photographs and you will get to travel along with us:) We are truly going on an adventure. My cousin has been to Italy before and I’ve been to Paris so we are going to take each other to our favorite places and then find new and exciting things to do. The hotel rooms are the size of closets (literally),at least in Paris, but we don’t plan on staying in our rooms so no problem. I want to get a book in Italian and one in French (outside of Notre Dame at one of the book stalls). I want to feed pigeons and put my love lock on the bridge (that is causing all kinds of environmental and structural damage). I want to eat good food and dance in the street. I want to see the Eiffel Tower (again) at night, when it’s all lit up and sparkling:) Walk by the beautiful seine and buy flowers to keep in our room. I want to spend a LOT more time in Shakespeare and Company and play in the Latin Quarter. I don’t know what I want to do in Italy because I don’t know what there is to do. Anyway, I’ll bring home pictures for you to see and you can put yourself into them and be there. 🙂

  6. risinghawk says:

    That should be a great trip! I’ll keep an eye on the news about the Vatican – that way I’ll know exactly what day you are there 😉 LOL Peace . . .

    • That’s the truth. If there are angel’s with swords coming down from the sky, you’ll know who they’e after:) I’ll just use the new hand gestures I pick up in Italy and scare the angels away:) LOL If that doesn’t work, I’ll tell them I’m from Chicago and maybe that will do the trick. That does work, once in a while, because a lot of people think that people from Chicago all have guns and kill everyone:) LOL Rumors and false information can come in handy sometimes:) Although, admittedly a lot of people do have guns and kill each other in Chicago, so maybe part of the rumors are true:) Either way…I think the buildings will stand. I’m just wondering about the windows. Should be interesting. Stay tuned:)

  7. Half-Sicilian? I’m envious! Funnily enough, we saw ‘Eat…’ for the first time last night on Greek TV. Forgettable. Entirely. Except for the Italian architecture and Javier Bardem, as you so rightly say. He is exquisite! Have a fabulous trip. I’ve never been to Italy but adored Sicily and long to go again.

    • Thank you. It’s going to be fun and yes, Javier Bardem…yum and the architecture was great as well. The rest of the film was ridiculous and entirely forgettable, except in the comic sense:) With her egg:) LOLOLOL And the tea pot…OMG, so funny that they would portray that as anything but insane.

  8. What a great post to start my day! So much fun! I’m so excited for you on your trip. I’m sure you will have an amazing time and a little bit of trouble is ok 😉

    I have to tell you when i saw the title of this post, i thought “oh please don’t tell me she loved EPL!”
    I realllllly didn’t. So glad to see that was not the case 🙂

    You really do a great job describing it. Now UTTS is wonderful, I’ve watched it a couple times and yes the story is improbable but everything is just so beautiful 🙂

    • OMG that movie was hysterical. The faces she made and the things that happened to her. LOLOLOL I kept going, WHAT? YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME!! But Italy was lovely and India was pretty as well, but what a ridiculous film. I never read the book or saw the film (when it came out) but it was on sale for a coupe of dollars so I bought it and laughed myself silly. I can’t stand the beginning. I think her husband was lucky to get away from her, even if he didn’t know it. And I can’t stand the guy who named her groceries, so I fast forwarded through all the parts he was in. If someone said that to me, he would be wearing the food from the tray and I would be GONE. I felt sorry for the elephant. As for the mediation, those people had been meditating forever and she was disappointed that she didn’t get it in a day or two. So much work for poor Julia. I use to go astral traveling a lot. Meditating was never for me. I felt like I was at a movie with my eyes closed. Anyway, it was worth the money, just for the laughs. And laugh I did. Oh yeah.

  9. LOL I’m glad your movies about Italy ended with your taking a trip there. Have you seen Il Postino? Lovely, deeply lovely. I love those movies, but no. I wouldn’t eat on the floor in my nightgown. Not even if I had just mopped with lysol. Especially not then, now that I think about it.

  10. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH yOu are so funny today…..LOLOLOLOL

  11. InfiniteZip says:

    It is a great thing to see these places through your eyes as I’ve never been to Europe…or anywhere beyond the states and Canada. I love old buildings and Italian and French for,that matter, food

    • I’m trying to follow my trip and I started in Venice. So I have more places in Italy, including Florence and Rome before I get to Paris. But I’m so happy you’re enjoying the pictures Thank you.

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