Marseille is a city of a thousand faces. You can walk through narrow streets that in just a few metres contain ancient herbalist shops, spice shops and shops selling the inevitable… soap.
Busy and trading, this city is easily disorientating, and so it is only by walking along the seafront that you can rediscover the ancestral beauty of these places, which are full of charm despite human intervention.
Walking through the streets of Montpellier, I rediscover a life full of normality. I sit down to drink a coffee and eat the inevitable croissant; I look at the maritime pines, the cream-colored buildings and the gray wrought iron railings. Fascinated by the colours, I can’t resist and enter a fine arts store, where I find an assortment of papers and colours that requires a long exploration.
I also get to know the city and the streetcars that run through it. After a while, I take line 3, remembering the stops, and walk along the Promenade de Peyrou as if it were normal. The word that echoes in my mind is “normal”. After all the difficulties of these two years, we really need to find a simple and “normal” life again. The owner of the Cafe I’m sitting at brings me my espresso, smiles and calls me “Madame”.
Yesterday Montpellier gave us this image of a couple smiling and playing. There was a market, in which small vans opened like boxes of wonders: you could drink a “Restreto”, eat ethnic food, opt for a slice of pizza or simply sit among the others, listening to live music. A light energy, under an ethereal blue sky. Sitting next to the water fountain, this couple has given us back a soothing lightness of heart .
In the last months, I have realized that I need to travel again, after two challenging years in which I have checked and updated many parts of myself. This travel happens more or less 24 months after the first spread of the pandemic in Italy. On the 22nd of February 2020, I came back home, in Milan, after a workshop, and I didn’t know that we would have a long lockdown, that allowed me to make important choices in my life.
My first choice was to live in Trieste for a while, since it’s my birthplace and it is a city by the sea – I had a deep need of breathing Nature again.
So, 24 months after, I am preparing for a travel to Spain, which will surely give me a new breath and a new awareness. In this travel, I have chosen to create a sketchbook, a personal tool that is also a coaching tool, which will allow me to explore my thoughts, feelings and understandings.