I swayed in my seat as the taxi swung round the tight bend. Sea view to my right, I could pick out the large pointed cliff in the twinkling sea below.
“There’s the Germano” I pointed out to my son. “You know, the one that looks like a pharaoh.”
Photo Credit: Francesco Fusco ‘Focus’
“ A pharaoh?”, my cute Sorrentine driver exclaimed, “in our parts, they are inclined to say that it’s a profile of Toto`”.
I’d never thought of the rock in this way. My favorite Neapolitan comic actor had had his profile sculpted by nature. He’d even starred in a film called ‘Toto` and Cleopatra’.
And now gulls roosted on his nose.
“There are others” he said, as I desperately tried to remember the code for turning on my Italian cell phone.
I gave up and told my son to ring to say we were arriving.
“I Galli islands, seen from a certain angle coming out of Positano, looks something like a mermaid lying in the water, he replied.
I Galli, which are in fact three small islands just off the Positano Coast, are known locally as ‘Le Sirene’ or ‘the Sirens’ playing on the myth of Ulysses in the area.
In fact, seen like this you can imagine why they got their name. They almost have a feminine profile.
Closer to home, we have this man guarding the seas with the tower above.
And these two local blokes on the cliff nearby…
Can you see what I see?