A parade of horse-drawn carriages through Naples, Italy

I took the photographs for this (it’s mainly photographs and two short video clips at the end) in Naples, Italy in May of last year. The horses were handsome and the weather fair … it was a lovely morning

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The parade of carriages leaves Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, Italy, beneath the watchful Castel Sant'Elmo and the Certosa di San Martino The parade of carriages leaves Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, Italy, beneath the watchful Castel Sant’Elmo and the Certosa di San Martino

This post is to remember in photographs a parade of carriages and their teams on a morning when the weather played fair.

The setting was Napoli, and it was the Sunday of the last weekend in May 2016.  The occasion was to commemorate a day in 1734, also in the month of May, when 18-year-old Carlo di Borbone rode into the city of Naples on the brink of becoming its king.

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Naples, Italy: the Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri

This is a look back at a post written at the end of May, 2016. It’s about a small museum in Naples, Italy whose founder sought to save the skills and treasures of craftsmen before they were buried by the Industrial Revolution. There is care and pride in every detail.

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The Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri in Naples, Italy The Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri in Naples, Italy

The best treasure comes in chests, compact and crowded, that brim with what’s been most precious … and there should always be scars.

The Museo Filangieri is a chest like this.

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A look back over two years in Naples, Italy

The Bay of Naples, Italy

The Bay of Naples, Italy

Experience, memory and time frame our lives.  We exist together and are shaped by them but are unable to catch hold of any one of them … we’re like flotsam on a storm sea.

I look back at my life and know its chapters have changed me, that each has altered the book of me they belong to.  Now there’s a new chapter to add – Naples.

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To the sassi of Matera – a hard place made of rock

Statue in the square that overlooks the old cave houses in Matera, In Basilicata in Italy

Statue in the square that overlooks the old cave houses in Matera, in Basilicata in Italy

Our three days of travel are almost up.  We have one day left and one last place to see.

We leave the coast near Puglia and, with global positioning satellite technology as our guide, travel alien-style towards some of the oldest homes on earth – the cave dwellings (sassi) of Matera.

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Naples, Italy – let’s take a look at love

Love in Chiaia - Naples, Italy

Love in Chiaia – Naples, Italy

Love – the elusive glue that helps us stay together in ways we still don’t understand.  It’s something that most of us come across at some point in our lives if we’re lucky … unless we come to Naples, Italy, and then it’s everywhere.

How so?

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Day two in Puglia: a visit to Taranto – the city choked by steel

Taranto, in Puglia, Italy

Taranto, in Puglia, Italy

Stories attract me to places, they’re an introduction, the start of a conversation.

Taranto in the south of Italy, has many stories, almost too many to bear.  Today it’s the ‘for sale’ sign that’s crunching consciences – the huge steel works that have dominated and contaminated the city for decades are on the market.

We visit Taranto on our second full day in Puglia – this is about what we find.  It’s a lot more than just steel.

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A place to stay in Puglia and a trip to Otranto

The seafront in Otranto, in Puglia, Italy

The seafront in Otranto, in Puglia, Italy

‘Time to leave’ – three words that own the fastest days in the calendar.  You know when to expect them but it seldom makes them easier to manage.

Our two years in Italy, focussed around Naples, end in a rush but, even so, we do manage to wedge in a few days to explore further south – Puglia.  We head off in the car with the dog … and half a plan.

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The music wrapped around the roots of Naples, Italy

I wrote this piece in April 2016 about the richness of the music in Naples. This is an updated version – improved I hope – with a range of YouTube links at the end.

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A busker in Naples, Italy A busker in Naples, Italy

History makes music … it carves out life’s edges for the musicians to find.

Little wonder then that Naples, full of passion and secrets, is carpeted with song, with great singers and orchestras, and with the drift of the mandolin, of the saxophone and of jazz.

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