Monday, February 11, 2008

Trouble in Tuscany


As I mentioned a while back, I will soon be traveling to Italy. It is the low season for tourism there, but a little cold weather will not deter me. After all, I have a thick fur coat to keep me warm. After a week in Venice, my travels will take me to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. I have long been an admirer of the ideals of this period -- the explosion of great art, architecture and, especially, Machiavellian wisdom. So visiting this Tuscan capital is the source of much excitement for me.

But I am aware of the very real danger that Florence poses. Some who travel there succumb to the dreaded Stendhal syndrome -- an affliction affecting those overcome by the city's artwork and intense beauty. Symptoms can include dizziness, fainting and hallucinations. Honestly, it is a wonder that tourists continue to visit this den of danger.

In preparation for my travels, I have been taking in the artful masterpieces of ObeyThePureBreed.com, hoping to build up an immunity before I face the Florentine menace. I will stay strong, my flock. I intend to stare Florence in the eye, and God willing, I will do so without being driven mad.

9 comments:

TransplantedOkie said...

I just could not remember what church I was in - was this Santa Maria, or was it Santa Croce? And after a while I just flat did not care to see any more churches.

But the gelato stands were a completely different story....

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Allah's generosity knew no bounds when he gave us gelato.

Nevis said...

Wow...Stendhal syndrome, eh? That sounds totally bogus.

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

It is a real affliction, Nevis. I asked the vet if I could be immunized, but there is currently no shot available.

Nan and B.A.G.S. the pug -aka Aine said...

You will miss me the most of all... wont ya Mugsy?!

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

If I said that publicly, Aine, the other concubines would be jealous. And a jealous harem is bad news for the ayatollah.

But of course I will miss all of my Valentines.

Nevis said...

That answer was totally weaksauce.

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Managing a harem is difficult, Nevis. More difficult than slaughtering a thousand chew toys.

Nevis said...

You're awfully diplomatic, Mugsy. I think you just need to admit that you're running for political office.