Last week, while I was in the plane coming back from the beautiful and delicious Buenos-Aires, I was watching Julia Robert in Eat, Pray and Love (click to see the scene) and, since then, I cannot get over this fabulous term invented by the Romans:
“Il dolce far niente!” Translation from Italian to English? “The sweetness of doing nothing”. In French, "l'art de ne rien faire".
The scene is set in a barbershop in Rome. The character goes on to explain that Italians may wonder home after a few hours of working to take a little nap, they may be inspired by a nearby cafe and sit down to have a glass of wine, or they may just go home and make love to their wife.
In this rush of the holidays, I started dreaming about what would be the best way to do Il Dolce Farniente ? What could help us stop our frantic activities and just BE in the present moment and enjoy any minutes of it without that feeling of "have to do something" ?
I am thinking suddenly about the cows in their field watching the train pass...Hum, not too much unrealistic in the noisy and bubbly New York! Then I would recommend a good chair, a pair of sunglasses and a nice glass of wine in your hand....Hanging out in one of the brasseries like Balthazar or Pastis...Find a nice bench in Central Park.....
Parisians enjoying Il Dolce Far Niente in Le Jardin du Luxembourg
How about just staying in bed like Madame Recamier in Paris in the 19th century...
or adopting the "OM...." position ?
Sorry guys, but in that cold winter, I think my way of finding Il Dolce Far Niente is to fly far away from Paris and New York....
About you ???