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.
We moved into temporary accommodation on the outskirts of Naples in August 2014. A month later we had moved again into our new home.
Since then I have had the luxury of being suspended from the normal work routine. I have had time to dedicate to three new passions – the city of Naples and its history; the Italian language; and the craft of writing. I do not claim to have mastered any of these but I have explored all three and, on good days, there are some signs of progress.
To mark the end of our time here I plan to repost each of the blogs that relate to Naples in the order that I wrote them. I hope they will read as a tribute to a city that is so much itself there is no other to compare it to. Its spirit is shadowed by dark and light. It’s gracious and challenging; beautiful and loved … and yet in parts utterly abandoned.
I hope that my blogs capture some of this, and that they are helpful to those who would like to visit, and of interest to those who may not be lucky enough to do so.
As always thank you for your company.
Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2016