Thursday, March 11, 2010

Little to do, but what a nice place to do it in.

Positano hibernates in winter. At least that’s what I thought as I walked along deserted streets lined with closed shops and bars. No pizzerias open in my neck of the woods. All movement seemed to be uphill where the only bar open teemed with locals steaming the windows.

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There was little to write about so I gave myself a blogging break. 

Stormy nights with a wild sea that seemed to be breaking right outside my windows alternated with sunny skies and billowing clouds just warm enough to dry a load of washing. Pelting rain on the domed roofs woke me up with lightning cracking overhead in the middle of the night. Windows rattled with the thunder. The weather is anything but dull here.

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The young Positanesi were as busy as beavers, locked away in their garages and cellars, and seen squirreling away large rolls of bubble wrap and foil. They were secretly making their ‘Carri per Carnevale’ or Carnival floats which is a ‘big to do’ amongst the young here. Due to a rainy Carnival week the Parade was suspended until the week after I left, but you can see the effort that went into building the brilliant floats from these photos . A special one was dedicated to Positano’s mythical creature called the Pistrice, housed up above in the bell tower in front of the main church.

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Despite the wet season and relative cold (if you can call 12 degrees Celsius cold), with the first burst of sunshine, there would be someone taking a dip in the sea.

But with the mountains looking like this, it was better him than me.

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19 comments:

joe@italyville said...

looks peaceful... it also looks like the guy's dog is telling him he's crazy to be swimming and to get out!

Anonymous said...

Hi there finally! Gorgeous pics as usual, couldn't figure who the wild man was but wow...takes guts to swim in this weather.
dollyna

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Very peaceful and calming I am sure. Hey that man must be mad..rather him than me.

Cathy said...

That guy is absolutely nuts to be out in the water, but each to their own I guess.

The Food Hunter said...

I'm so completely jealous.

Lisa at Wanderlust Women said...

As always, beautiful pics, especially the mountains.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Your photos are so beautiful and serene. Hard to believe in just a few weeks the tourists will be back.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That is a stunning shot of the mountains but all your pictures are beautiful.

Cathi said...

Love your fabulous photos! I have missed you! :)

meredith said...

It must be a northern tourist there taking a dip.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Welcome back! I always feel relaxed after viewing you photos, like a mini vacation for me visiting here.

Gil said...

I started getting cold then second he dunked himself! Your pictures are just beautiful.

peenkfrik said...

I love the ocean...

12 deg C is too cold!

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Madeline said...

gorgeous photos!! Thanks for sharing.

PurestGreen said...

I just love that video - found it mesmorizing.

Found your blog while blog-hopping and really enjoy it.
:)

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Chef Chuck said...

Beautiful Photos~~
They set the mood well!

villa pals said...

Really awesome capture specially the last one........
The place look beautiful and full of calmness and serenity.To Spend holidays in such place is really a good experience.