Amalfi terraces, Walk of the Gods, palm roots, botched urn, Mercury’s foot, mountain village and a cat who knows.

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We were constantly amazed at the way the Italians had made this steep cliff work for them, building houses and creating terraces where they grew flowers, vegetables, lemons, grapes and olives.

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This is called ‘the Walk of the gods’ – yes, it clings to the cliff edge all the way – not good for Hub’s vertigo, but he made it!  Sensational views.

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Look at the extraordinary root structure of this palm.

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I love this battered, patched old urn with flowers (or are those weeds?) growing out of it.  Reminds me of myself …

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Mercury’s beautiful foot from the Villa Cimbrone garden in Ravello

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mountain village opposite Ravello (loved Ravello!)

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… and one for all you cat lovers – I was waiting for the bus when I spotted this feline in the warmth and shade of a taxi.  Cats, eh – they know all the best places.

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15 thoughts on “Amalfi terraces, Walk of the Gods, palm roots, botched urn, Mercury’s foot, mountain village and a cat who knows.

    1. It is such a beautiful foot! I had a good stare underneath to see whether it was a proper sandal or not, but no, all it had was this rather sexy strapping and that wonderful rosette in the arch. So gorgeous. You would love Ravello, Barbara – and it’s flatter up there – some of it, anyway!

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    1. I fell in love with Mercury’s foot – I think it is exquisite and I took the shot carefully to make sure I got the underside of his foot strap!

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  1. A wonderful place… and you got some great pictures. As you can imagine, I am very gratified by the view of the cat. And I think your husband decided well, to use buses to get around. Less tension. I am so happy to hear of this wonderful vacation!

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  2. It’s just soooo Mediterranean. Terracing for fruit, veg and other growing is a skill possessed by very many in those regions.

    I noticed the lichen on the urn. Must be good clean air for it thrive.

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    1. It is immensely impressive, especially as one considers that some of the buildings in these villages and towns are centuries old – for example, the look-out forts all along the coast – and built in such challenging circumstances without the aid of modern methods.

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      1. We felt the same about Top Kapi and the Alhambra.

        The Mediterranean villages are immersed in deep history and amongst the less developed ‘crofts’ you see many ancient methods of working; a pulley system, for example, is still a favourite. they all walk in the footsteps of the Romans and earlier peoples. You must have had a wonderful holiday.

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