June & July in the garden

Sunday, July 22, 2018 0 Permalink 0

In no particular order, because I am on mobile phone only these days and have not kept all the files in one place. The camera broke our first day in Naples! Dommage. But beauty requires no dateline. Enjoy.

Paris, une fois

Saturday, July 21, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Paris never appealed to me. It struck me as sprawling, expensive, pretentious, hard to enter, and even harder to leave. I don't even appreciate Beaux-Arts! (or so I thought) But this summer I must have been ready for the magic. I finally clicked with Paris. Some highlights from five days in the City of Lights: A palatial ...

NAPOLI

Friday, June 29, 2018 0 Permalink 0

A city so alluring - so filthy and pious and rude and storied and coastal and sweaty and ancient and delicious - that I don't want to share it. I just want to go back!

The things we choose to remember

Friday, June 29, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Images from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli To our modern sensibility, what makes one stone rubbish and the next stone precious art is supposed to be a subjective judgment, inherent in the story of the viewer, not in the stone itself. But in the case of Pompeii, the Bourbons and Victorians could not mistake what they ...

By a King’s Bier

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 0 Permalink 0

The Seed of Envy The monument occupies the singular place of honor in Malta, a massive table overlooking the bay on the highest point of the tip end of the promontory of the entire peninsula of Valleta. It is a King's bier if ever there was one. On it reposes a noble bronze body many times ...

Gozo, May 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1 Permalink 1

Probably the most important thing to know about Gozo is that in the middle of the 16th century, in only a few fateful days, a great majority of the population was carted away into slavery and never retrieved. A few brave souls escaped by rappelling down a wall so terrifying that I did not take ...