Monday, 6 June 2016

Time For a Postcard 6

some if not every

Naples is like this - ***?”!!!!#**°###???????/******^^^^^¨¨)))))!!!!!!!

Way up on the mountain above Positano - where I am right now - under a lemon tree - is like this ………………………………….

If you want to drive in Naples you should read this -  

To an American, Italian traffic is at first just down-right nonsense. It seems hysterical, it follows no rule. You cannot figure what the driver ahead or behind or beside you is going to do next and he usually does it. But there are other hazards besides the driving technique. There are the motor scooters, thousands of them, which buzz at you like mosquitoes. There is a tiny little automobile called "topolino" or "mouse" which hides in front of larger cars; there are gigantic trucks and tanks in which most of Italy's goods are moved; and finally there are assorted livestock, hay wagons, bicycles, lone horses and mules out for a stroll, and to top it all there are the pedestrians who walk blissfully on the highways never looking about. To give this madness more color, everyone blows the horn all the time. This deafening, screaming, milling, tire-screeching mess is ordinary Italian highway traffic. »

It MIGHT prepare you.

Even if you are not American.

It’s 2016 now, and it still holds true.

It will also help you if you want to cross the road as a pedestrian.

John Steinbeck, who wrote it, went on to say – « I first heard of Positano from Alberto Moravia. It was very hot in Rome. He said, "Why don't you go down to Positano on the Amalfi coast? It is one of the fine places of Italy".

Actually he said it just before the former bit about driving.

It was part of his essay – Positano. Here’s a link.

Oh, by the way, Signor Bassani Bassano is still alive.

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