Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors

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.

Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

(click on the image to enlarge)


  1. mrscarmichael · March 31, 2013


    • northumbrianlight · March 31, 2013

      Thanks, glad you liked it even though it owes little to reality 🙂

  2. greenmackenzie · April 1, 2013

    Very artistic, like you’ve been painting with your camera 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · April 1, 2013

      Yes, getting rather too enthusiastic with Photoshop. BTW if you search on Applecross on this blog there is a post on the Pass of the Cattle – there you will pick up on comments from applecrosslife – always an interesting blog if you are getting nostalgic for the north west.

  3. Pedro Holderbaum · April 11, 2013


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