Sailors might want to tune out now. We have photos of the marina at Capri but not today. Today it is about the people who make me smile and how Italy has touched all of us.
My paternal grandparents were born in the beautiful village town of Giffoni Valle Piana. In the early 20th Century, because there was not enough work in Italy to pay taxes, create a life and have a family. Four million Italians arrived in America from 1880-1920. My grandparents were two of those immigrants.
They came from a valley above Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. This coastline and coastlines further south are exquisite. Various shades of green on the stone hills speak of olives, grapes, lemons, chestnuts and hazelnuts. In this area, most mozzarella is made from buffalo milk. It is simply OMG delicious.
There was a thread of connection with Giffoni. My Aunt Louise gave me quite a bit of information and old family photos, which made the search for our Italian families possible. I have been pleading with my cousins to join me in returning to Giffoni for several years after my first trip in 1999. After all Giffoni is now famous because it hosts the Giffoni Film Festival. Even Meryl Streep has visited and she wasn’t a cousin. This year we have made headway. We are a party of eleven De Angelo’s, comprised of two generations. We planned a day, with cousin Sebastiano’s assistance, for our family reunion in Giffoni. Allora, what a day! Here are the photos.
Ci vuole tutta la vita per imparare a Vivere. Seneca
A few California friends want to see a bit of Sydney. James and I are lucky because we live across the harbour from the City. We have arrived home and are now settled in time for Christmas parties with friends and family. We live within a mile or so of this great viewing point of the city, in Kirribilli. There are a few Sydney icons in this photo: The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera house, boats on the Harbour and the city skyline.
My nephew Chris and his family met me last Saturday for a walk around this area. He lives in Country, NSW and it was an opportunity to take his three muchachos on a walk to a wonderful playground under the bridge and then to see the Opera House and finally Luna Park.
Luna Park is right on the Harbour on the Western side of the Bridge. It is located near the North Sydney Pool, seen here from the ferris wheel.
Christmas is quite different here, no snow or ice, instead we have warm weather and sunshine. Still Santa visits in his wooly red outfit to talk to the children about their Christmas wishes.
Over the Christmas holidays, we will be shooting other views in Sydney and also other places in NSW. Keep tuned.