Monthly Archives: June 2011

Afterthoughts

Elba is behind us now, a small green, ink splat in the Mediterranean that holds a special place in our hearts while the city of Milan and Life (again with a capital L) make other demands of our attention. And … Continue reading

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Life with a capital L goes to the beach

Sometimes, for a change of pace, it’s nice to take the more traditional route and make use of i bagni at the beach. While I definitely prefer the Mediterranean Sea in its naked, for-the-most-part un-art-directed form (please see “Now that’s … Continue reading

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Island exile

Napoleon was here. On this island. In exile. He had two homes. One above the main port of Elba, Portoferraio, and another, this one, in the “countryside.” I have put countryside in quotation marks, because countryside is scarce on an … Continue reading

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Beauty, re-sized

Not just in Elba, but all over Italy, the new Vogue Italia has come out, and it has, for the moment, left skinny girls all but out of the equation. And as I have been for the past week or … Continue reading

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La pineta

Running parallel to the Tuscan coast is a strip of pine trees called la pineta. These are, for the most part, Mediterranean pines—beautiful umbrella shaped trees with tall straight trunks that shoot up then open over your head in a … Continue reading

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Civil dressing for a deadly habit

Smoking kills, but the Island of Elba doesn’t find that reason enough not to accommodate the smoker and everyone else at the same time. Terra cotta ashtrays, as pretty as planters, are everywhere. And if it weren’t for the crop … Continue reading

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The large, the small, and the public print

This is a visual addendum to the June 14 post, “A good day for green,” about the public referendum in Italy. As happens prior to all votes in Italy, the rules of voting and the points on the table are … Continue reading

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