Sunday, April 11, 2010

Desperate Housewives on Wisteria Lane – Eat your heart out!

 

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In the impossibly bright days of early April, all superlatives felt meaningless against the glory of early Spring on the Coastline. Energizing and exhilarating,  the perfection and beauty of  the  Amalfi Coast  had me awestruck even after twenty four years here.

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My days would begin drowsily, the shutters thrown open to the early morning so as to not miss one second of the sea view from my room. My husband would spoil me with breakfast in bed with  the orange marmalade I’d made in February and small delectable slices of homemade Easter Pastiera or pieces of chocolate egg.

Slowly I’d breathe in the drifting perfume from the wisteria over our pergola mixed with the sweet scent of orange and lemon blossom and listen to the gentle waves lapping the shore. 

 

 

I counted my blessing because not only was I lucky enough to be here in my favorite time of the year but strolling through town was an immense pleasure.  The weather was perfect, I didn’t risk being run over by a jettison of cars and buses, and the piazza at the base of town was still trickling tourists rather than pouring them.

 

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But best of all, I’ d caught Positano at it’s height of the wisteria season.

P1020508   From top to toe, the town was festooned in swags of  purple blossom. The pastel, white and ochre buildings were draped elegantly across terraces and balustrades and their dripping blooms would pour enticingly through the rustic pergolas.

 

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Ancient trunks wove from who–knows-where in the tiny alleyways, to creep across shop faces and apartments.

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    All the way down to the beach, shaded walks would draw the eye skyward, and the colors would rival with the clear blue skies and the yellow of the lemons.

 

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It felt like paradise.  It was paradise.  I could tell…

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27 comments:

Miss Footloose said...

I've been there, I've seen it. Oh, it is as beautiful as your photos!

LindyLouMac said...

Stunning, the wisteria is just starting to bloom here, a few more days of sunshine but I doubt it will be as beautiful as on the Amalfi coastline!

Paul Anater said...

What beautiful images you paint. Enjoy the Positano spring!

Jason said...

Oh, so jealous...i was just there this exact time a couple of years ago...

Robyn said...

So much pleasure has to be wicked! ;)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking these amazing shots of our wonderful wisterias scattered around town. Each year I enjoy it more than the previous even more so as it's a flower that doesn't last too long unfortunately. But when it blooms, it's MAGIC.
dollyna

kim said...

That's it - I'm headed out to grab some wisteria for my deck! So gorgeous!!!

the Italian Dish said...

Wow! Just wow!

Lisa H. said...

Thank you for the beautiful reminder of such a wonderful time of year in Positano. I can't wait to go back.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

How wonderful. I would count my blessings too, if I had such a fabulous place stay and with sea views like yours :-) As you say "Paradise"!

Oh my word I just re-read it, ..24 years!!!!

Delwyn said...

Hi Scintilla

oh what beautiful wisteria cladding your town...I just love how the gnarly old trunks send forth such beauty.

We don't have wisteria here in Qld but has it in the cooler climate of NZ, and of course Japan is well endowed, in fact only this afternoon I was composing a wisteria ukiyo-e post to accompany a wisteria haiku..
I went to a wisteria temple in Nara.

I showed my husband these pictures and we reminisced, going back to our month in Italy and it was May when we began the holiday in Ischia where our villa's entrance was bedecked in wisteria.
Thank you for the lovely post.

Happy days

Leanne in Italy said...

Your photos are so, so beautiful! I must got to Positano outside of the tourist season as it would be so much more beautiful.

Maya said...

The trees are just gorgeous!! And I would have loved to include you on my Amalfi post...., will do a separate post in the near future with some of your lovely shots.

Saretta said...

pretty, pretty, pretty!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, what beautiful pictures.

Cathi said...

You do live in a gorgeous place and wisteria to add to that is just magical! Gorgeous photos! Have a fabulous day! xxoo :)

The Food Hunter said...

I'm so jealous!!

Cathy said...

I love wisteria, these photos are just gorgeous. I'd really like to come and check out your neck of the woods, it has been a long long time.

Laura said...

Ciao! That's it... next sunny day and I'm on my way to Positano! I hope to get there to take in this magical beauty. Wisteria season is one of my favorites! Oddly enough, it's just starting to bloom this week around Amalfi. Check out the photos I'm just posting today on Ciao Amalfi. It's just that little but warmer in Positano to make the difference! :-)

casalba said...

Stunning - looks like a film set.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

bellissima!

I love Positano this time of year as well.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Paradise on earth for sure! Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos, I've always loved wisteria.

Suzy said...

Gorgeous photos! Although it just made me what to return to Positano.

Erica said...

These flowers are beautiful! It would be like waking up to an amazing dream every day. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

About NOXP said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Frank said...

It truly is a magical place. Was there once in the dead of winter and it was still beautiful, in an austere sort of way...

villas in cambrils spain said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful view. I wish i could be there o see this. I love the way click the beauty of flowers...