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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Italy | Day 8 | Patterns


Ravello was our Day 8 destination while on the Amalfi Coast.  Here's a litte about the town from the Wiki:
The town has served historically as a destination for artists, musicians, and writers, including Richard Wagner, Edvard Grieg, M. C. Escher, Giovanni Boccaccio, Virginia Woolf, Greta Garbo, Gore VidalAndré Gide, Joan Mirò, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Graham Greene, Leonard Bernstein and Sara Teasdale (who mentioned it in her prefatory dedication in Love Songs).  Every year in the summer months, the "Ravello Festival" takes place. It began in 1953 in honour of Richard Wagner, who signed the guestbook of his local hotel with the words "The magical garden of Klingsor is found" suggesting that it was in Ravello that the composer found the inspiration for his Parsifal.
Unfortunately we were not there during the Ravello Festival but we thoroughly enjoyed our time wandering the stunning villas and idyllic town square.  We were interviewed by sweet school girls obviously out to practice their English speaking skills.  They were all charm and giggles.

I was blown away by the Villa Cimbrone with it's sweeping vistas, exquisite gardens and endless architectural patterns.  Of course my 2 photos had to be from there.  And as my friend Hope would say,  I want to go to there (again).  And you will too.



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Here's a slideshow of the days photos (fancy right?) or you can click here for a non-slideshow view.  




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