A new neighbourhood –
The next stage of our journey is from Castellabate to Roccagloriosa in the south of Cilento.
We follow an autostrada that dives through the wilderness in long strides, with off-piste loops for roadworks. The further we travel the more unspoilt the valleys to either side. Signs, baked by the summer heat, warn us about ice.
The coastline below Castellabate in Cilento in the south of Italy
A weekend in July, too hot to sit still … but … where to go? The north is too far and the south too scorched, so we settle on next door – Cilento.
Can’t claim brilliant local knowledge for the choice, rather over-indulgence … too many viewings of Benvenuti al Sud.
A well-thumbed copy of In Europe by Geert Mak
Europe is agitated and restless – it always has been.
In Europe, by the Dutch journalist and historian Geert Mak, gives a century of context to today’s anxieties. It looks at the hundred years before the millennium, and through this window reveals the troubled heart of today’s Europe.
Django in Campania (near Naples, Italy)
He romped through our lives for over a decade RIP
Apologies for the silence. It has been a hectic fortnight of family, friends and farewells. I shall be back at my desk tomorrow.
Naples, scarred and sublime, is now in a fight against defamation. One of its latest battles is online.
This city of secrets has eyes everywhere … now they are wanted in the digital world.
Wisley Gardens in England – ready for the Easter weekend
There is warmth and new green in the south this weekend. The trees are fresh-leafed, there are bluebells in the woods, and there’s blossom on the verges … it’s beautiful.
And, of course, there are chocolate eggs … but not like in Naples, Italy.