I’m not usually one to publish blog posts about ‘reaching your full potential’ or ‘pushing yourself to the limit.’ (Unless, of course, we’re talking about 6 course tasting menus.)
In other words, I’m not one of those bloggers that talks about feelings and motivation and all that kind of life coachy, touchy feely stuff. I’ve got nothing wrong with it, but it’s just not my thing. I’m more about providing you with practical information whether it is a recipe, a restaurant or the name of a hotel. And every so often I just share pretty pictures.
But today’s blog post is a bit different, since I’m sharing an experience that almost didn’t happen. Although we had been planning on going to Christo’s The Floating Piers ever since it was announced, we almost got scared away by the reports of crowds and heat and general chaos that we had read in the press. We even got so far as nearby Bergamo, just 40 minutes away from Iseo, and still hadn’t quite decided if we were going to go or not. 3 hour lines? 90 degree heat? Just talking about it made us tired.
We really really wanted to see it. It truly seemed a once in a lifetime experience and to not go because of waiting in lines, crowds and a little heat just seemed stupid.
So we set our alarms for 4:45 am, and set out. And although we did wait in lines, and it was god awful hot, and there were hoards of people it was truly one of the most exciting and moving experiences I’d ever had. While the state of bliss could be partly due to heat stroke (told you it was hot) I think it had more to do not only with the pure beauty of walking on water, but the fact that we did push ourselves beyond our comfort zone. We don’t do that enough anymore. (actually, I don’t think I’ve ever been that kind of person).
So here are my photos, untouched. And if you have time and are anywhere in the vicinity in the next few days (it closes July 3) go. Push yourself. You’ll be glad you did.
The Floating Piers is a temporary work of art and will be dismantled on July 4. July 3 is the very last day you can visit it. It is open from 6:00am to 12 midnight. There is no entrance fee. See the website for arrival information. But check their Instagram account for weather updates (if the weather is bad, they close it).