Under the Tuscan Sun

… Stone houses, terrace walls, city walls, streets. Plant any rose and you hit four or five big ones. All the Etruscan sarcophagi with likenesses of the dead carved on top in realistic, living poses must have come out of the most natural transference into death they could imagine. After lifetimes of dealing with stone, why not, in death, turn into it? …

Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

Who could not fall in love with Tuscany? Ireland may boast of thousands of shades of green (the differences noticeable only to the trained eye, of course) and a bardic tradition matched, perhaps, only by Wales; America of huge cities and a ravening economy; France waxes on over fashion and food; but for a summer countryside, you have to try Tuscan Italy. The countryside, especially; but, unlike Frances Mayes, I think I would be quite in heaven in Florence, that hearthstone of the Italian Renaissance. (As long as it was well above the high-water marks of the Arno when it floods.) And if you do go to the countryside, then the fields, the towns, the vineyards and their wines; and that golden sunlight spilling down on it all in good weather. (As stated before, I’m definitely a warm-weather person.)

It’s relatively easy to get tastes of Tuscany in Second Life. Harper’s written about short-term places before, and I’ve found this new sim via the Destination Guide, called Mystical Tuscany. The sunshine here helps beat back the still-fifties temperatures and rain here at home in RL.

Like fanning through a deck of cards, my mind flashes on the thousand chances, trivial to profound, that converged to re-create this place. Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different. Where did the expression “a place in the sun” first come from? My rational thought process clings always to the idea of free will, random event; my blood, however, streams easily along a current of fate.

Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

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  • Head: LAQ Skye 3.05 Bento
  • Full body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign (Sky)
  • Hair: Mina Kayla
  • Outfit: E-Clipse Design Amelie denim romper (available at 4/8 – 4/20 round of Cosmopolitan)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Zabie
  • Jewelry: Cae Astrid earrings and necklace
  • Eyeshadow: Booty’s Beauty Glitterbug (Omega, slot 9)
  • Lipstick: Zibska Loreto (Omega, slot 2, vintage)

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