Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors – I have hacked around with this image so much over the years that it bears no resemblance to the original. More significant than the photograph is the day it was taken:
One glorious September afternoon we walked Villa Cimbrone’s gardens in the footsteps of long departed house guests, whispering of past lives and regrets; Greta Garbo, D. H. Lawrence, Vita Sackville-West, Edward James, Diana Mosley, Henry Moore, T. S. Eliot, Winston Churchill. From the Terrazza dell’infinito, “the most beautiful view in the world”, a clear blue sky merged as one with a bright blue sea at an indistinguishable horizon, we were at the absolute centre of the civilised world. Stage right from the terrace, a forest fire fanned by sea breezes created an apocalyptic vision as white smoke climbed the hillside, stretching towards Ravello. Later that afternoon in a back street café, news that the modern world had changed forever filtered through in half understood Italian. It was September 11th 2001.
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