Felicity in Filicudi

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Posted from Sicily, Italy. As I’ve travelled through the Aeolian Islands, I’ve had a feeling that I’m running before a tempest of tourism that crashes over each island as I leave it. The further west I get the strength of … Continued

Spiaggia Venezia, 1978, 2015

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I first came along this path To the black-pebbled, long-curving bay And to its sparkling, fish-rich waters, When it wound unconstrained between terraces Set with cactus, capers and olive trees. It was stone and dust, And smelt of freshly ground … Continued

Museo Civico, Lingua

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Posted from Lingua, Sicily, Italy. Lingua is the end of the road on Salina, literally. One of the islands 2 1/2 proper roads ends at the salt lake in Lingua. They used to make salt there once upon a time. … Continued

Jolly boating weather

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Posted from Malfa, Sicily, Italy. This is a photo of Giuseppe Mascoli, captain, cook, wine maker, philosopher, lover, founder and president of Franco Manca, and a man who knows how to shin up the anchor chain of a yacht. It … Continued

Iddu

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Posted from Stromboli, Sicily, Italy. Steaming away from from Iddu. Iddu means Him in Sicilian. It’s the name that the Strombolani give to their volcano. The sea is oily smooth. The sun is lighting up the western flanks of the … Continued

Nude Dude

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Posted from Stromboli, Sicilia, Italy. Could I have imagined him, the man with no clothes on? I was drying off in the sun between swims on the beach – more stones than sand – to the right of the Ficogrande … Continued

Naples ’15

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Posted from Naples, Campania, Italy. I rose at 6am to catch the ferry from Ventotene to Formia. I rode south from Formia to catch my next ferry to Stomboli, one of the Eolian Islands, from Naples. Naples! The very name … Continued

Views of Ventotene

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Posted from Lazio, Italy. Ventotene makes Ponza feel like a bustling metropolis. This is the island where nothing changes. Well, not very much, anyway. It has the distinct feeing of Italy of 40 0r 50 years ago, the Italy of … Continued

Breakfast on Ponza

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Posted from Ponza, Lazio, Italy. Sfogliatella called aragosta, a cornucopia filled with creme patissiere and whipped cream – crunchy, squidgy, monstrously indulgent. And an expresso. At the Pasticceria Napoletana

Capering on Capri

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Posted from Anacapri, Campania, Italy. My nephew, George, who lives in Italy, and who knows about these things, advised me on three things about Capri. He said I had to have a Panino Caprese from the Salumeria da Aldo on … Continued

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