Why do I love sunflowers so much?
Sunflowers do not grow a lot in Vietnam, and I liked them even before I saw them in person. I like their bright cheerful yellow color. They evoke happiness, warmth, and endless energy. By chance, they are my birth sign flowers as I am a Leo.
Lucky for me, they grow in my favorite country Italy where I spend my whole summer this year (and also in Bulgaria where I took a meaningful road trip with my dad 2 years ago).
Now I have another reason to love sunflowers. Sunflowers brought me to Le Marche, Italy’s best kept secret region (well, not a secret anymore if you are reading and also sharing this post. Don’t worry, the people of Marche would want more people to know about their region).
As I saw a gorgeous picture of sunflowers on the instagram account of @discovermarche, I contacted them and asked for the exact location of the picture. Monia, the Marche expert and the blogger of Discover Marche, was so helpful to give me detailed information. She was also extremely hospitable as she hosted me when I finally visited the region.
I was totally satisfied as I saw so many sunflowers in both Umbria and Le Marche.
Everything was perfect. The sunflowers were blooming at the right moment. The sun was shining. The people were smiling.
It turned out that the sunflower field was merely one of the many things that impressed me about Le Marche. I was so marveled to the point that I added it to my list of best-loved regions in Italy – Umbria is another favorite of mine.
Although I spent only about 24 hours in Le Marche, the region made me speechless. I will share with you the reasons why in my future posts.
Sunflower in Italian is girasole, meaning “turns towards the Sun”. Interestingly, its Italian name is similar to Vietnamese one: hướng dương, which also means “turns towards the Sun”. Its Vietnamese nickname is hoa mặt trời literally meaning “the flower of the Sun” but I prefer its official name hoa hướng dương. How do you say sunflower in your language?
I think sunflowers should be named smileflowers instead. Hope these photos will put a smile on your face. 🙂