Thursday, April 17, 2014

Out of order: last day in Naples

The archeological museum - this is Apollo
Many members
 Young students taking it all in
Two thousand year old pots! Morandi would have loved this place.
This is a moquette of Pompeii - with the amphitheatre we stood in
Some of the frescoes from Pompeii
… and glorious frescoes
 The best dinner - at the most reasonable place. Bruschetta to die for.
 The restaurant. The couple on the right did not stop eating the whole time we were there.
Bruce's pizza. Oh yes.


And now, as they say, for something completely, mind-bogglingly different. On the train in from Gatwick to Victoria Station, I marvelled at the neat rows of houses, little gardens, all tidy. The people tentative, quiet, polite. Not in Italy any more!
 I am staying with Christopher, the son of my friends Lynn and Denis, and his wife Cristina and their 11 month old Marina, in the apartment they moved into not long ago near the Baker St. station. Thrilled to be with a baby again. We went for a walk in Regent's Park a stone's throw away - stunningly beautiful in the spring, must be incredible in summer when all the roses are in bloom. For some reason, many Muslim women in full veil and orthodox Jews were out enjoying the spring too. 
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 Many birds in the park. Floating nests on the pond. And the great pests - Canada geese.
221B Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes lived. It's around the corner. Long lines to get in.
My new friend Marina. Love at first sight.

Pompeii pictures

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Naples pix 2.

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A simple little church floor. Inlaid marble.
A simple little gold altar.
My friend imagines himself riding in that splendid carriage …
 The streetscape from the last post, in its entirely
One of the famous creche scenes they specialize in here - incredibly elaborate
Skulls as fenceposts
 Just … beautiful
Him too.
So many different kinds of fish, live winkles and lobsters, everything
The dried tomato and chilies store
The lemon store
Bruce's seafood risotto
My seafood pasta. Mmmmm.

pictures from Napoli 1

For some reason, Blogger has decided to show only a small segment of a picture I took of a Naples street and blow it up to a huge size, above. No idea why.

I'm in London, staying with friends Christopher and Cristina and their gorgeous little girl Marina, who's 11 months old. More about London anon. But they have wifi and it works! So I'll start uploading shots from the last few days, before I get too far behind. Click to enlarge.
Neapolitans love miniatures. These are tiny pizza makers that move.
The majolica pillars in a cloister
Riot police waiting for a very small demonstration that veered off in another direction
A simple little shopping plaza
A simple little castle, right in the middle of the city
My friend doing what he does best - trying to find where the @#$# we are with his iPhone
An unusually crabby Virgin
The Farnese palace and art gallery
When we took the funicular up, we had a view of all Naples
A simple little church ceiling