Looking at Naples

12 June 2013 | Culture

In the spirit of Kim Jong Il Looking at Things and yesterday’s post on looking at things in New York, here are some things I looked at on my recent visit to Naples. ◄ Starting with a Star Best Café, that’s in the spirit of the Stars & Bucks Café I came across i...

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Three Hotels in Italy

9 June 2013 | Living

Our recent Italy trip featured three interesting hotels. In Pistoia for the Dialoghi sull’uomo literary festival we stayed in the Hotel Patria, Via Cripi 8/12 – on the edge of the old town, friendly, efficient, stylishly old fashioned and with great views from our roo...

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Naples ’44 – the classic Norman Lewis title

4 June 2013 | Media

Having visited Capri and Naples reading one of the classic books on the city seemed like an excellent idea. Norman Lewis turned up in Naples in late 1943, immediately after the Armistice between Italy and the Allies was signed. He spent the next year in the city and h...

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3 June 2013 | Places

▲ A mosaic from Pompeii in the Museo Archeological Nazionale The third stop on my recent Italian trip, after Pistoia and the island of Capri, was Naples, that most down to earth of southern Italian cities. It’s a place which positively drips history, you can fe...

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Capri & the Blue Grotto

31 May 2013 | Places

Why have I never been to Capri, that island, much beloved of dolce vita jet setters of the ‘50s and ‘60s, off the coast from Naples in Italy? So finally Maureen and I got there for a few days, after my Pistoia Literary Festival gig and before a few days in Naples. ...

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