Italy Impressions #7: The Train To Venice

4/7/13 Goodbye Firenze.

I'm  on a train from Firenze (Florence) to Venezia (Venice). I was looking forward to a relaxing ride, with my head back, enjoying the passing countryside...didn't realize this was a high speed train which spends most of the trip in tunnels. Nada much to see so far...so I'll talk about somehting else for a second.

Ok other things.

Well, the sun was out in Florence today, so we sat by the river, in sight of the Ponte Vecchio.

IMG_2068.(hangin at Ponte SML)

IMG_2068.(hangin at Ponte SML)

Ya know, just hangin' out lookin' at the Ponte Vecchio (that bridge over there). No big deal, whatever.

I also bought myself some Florentine fleur de lis pins to mark my trip.

IMG_2066(Fleur pinsSML)

IMG_2066(Fleur pinsSML)

Now we're leaving the station after our first stop, a suburb of Florence I guess, I missed the name. It's the other side of the tracks literally. Tall, monochromatic, cement monoliths, with laundry lines, and graffiti, splashed on every stone surface. Industrial. Not  Da Vinci's World anymore.

Graffiti SML

Graffiti SML

It's been 20 minutes, now we're in the countryside. Or it cold be a greener version of Spain, or it could be Bakersfield, but then there's something about the farm houses, the particular mode of overgrowth.  Now passing a small town, half old world, half ticky- tack, long dry fields, getting greener. Ducks. Really could be Bakersfield for long stretches, but for the murmur all around us of flipped  'r' sounds and "ciao"  popping out after cell phone chimes.

Now entering Ferrara! Still looks like Bakersfield.

landscape comp

landscape comp

Now there are some awesome "villa" kind of textures going on. There were more on the road from Rome to Florence but I assume we'll see that when we get to Rome later.  Just a giant sky now, and haphazard squares in browns and yellows and some pinks. Every residence could be the cover of a Restoration catalogue. Hard to tell which structures are in use and which are abandoned. Train going too fast to get pictures.

- Dude - the train just made some kind of horn, or alarm sound, and it was a minor seventh, back and forth. Very unexpected! Way to keep it hip, Italy.

Now have Steely Dan song "Josie" in my head, because the arrangement begins with a minor 7th interval.

Ah, Bear says we're nearing Venice, just entered another tunnel......

...out of tunnel....houses getting much more dense. I think we're doing another stop. A place called Padova. Even out here, I notice the station snack shop is translated into English: "coffee, chips, tea"

Now we've shoved off, and the town reminds me of towns we passed in Germany when we took a train from Berlin to Dusseldorf. Towns with old buildings like hulking sculls of brick and stone, mostly churches, lapped on all sides by new constructions from various decades. Or maybe all one decade, but I couldn't say which one.

There are a bunch of trees here, then small houses, then an old brick grandfather of a relic, then, I shit you not, a diagonal tilted office building. Looks like it has comb teeth coming out of all sides. Like it was once a very tall pyramid, and then it saw something over to the right, and it leaned over to look, and stayed. And all the rest of the architecture around it pretended like nothing happened.

More houses...brush...

...hold on, whats happening..

IMG_2072(Rayatrain)

IMG_2072(Rayatrain)

...wait, where did all the land just go..?

IMG_2073(land ending)

IMG_2073(land ending)

OH shit....

IMG_2074(land ended)

IMG_2074(land ended)

...to be continued...

Raya Yarbrough

Singer, Composer, writer of absurd stories about LA, chanteuse on Outlander, BSG, DaVinci's Demons, & I used to date Dick Grayson.