Sea cats around the Bay of Naples, Italy

By the old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

By the old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

Last week a bonny, blond portrait painter came to stay.  We took her to see the sights: old fishing harbours; castles; artworks; views; and we fended off the men … but it was the cats that caught her eye.

I looked where she looked – this is for her.

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The joy, and guilt, of a drive along the Amalfi Coast in Italy

View from above Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

View from above Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Some places fill the mind with light, draw us like moths towards their flame … and as we arrive in our thousands the chaos from our wingbeats pushes outwards.

The Amalfi Coast, rippled turquoise, with emerald light and wilderness, is one such flame; and I feel like a vandal every time I visit by car.

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Ravello: The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone

The view from Villa Cimbrone down over the terraces to the sea and the Amalfi Coast below

The view from Villa Cimbrone down over the terraces to the sea and the Amalfi Coast below

There is little more beautiful than a view that falls down cliffs over patterns of lemon groves, to the sea way, way below.  The senses drift in the sunshine, caught between sky and sea.

We found such a view on the Terrace of Infinity at the edge of the gardens of the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello.  It was a late afternoon at the end of December and hardly anyone was there.

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