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Great Balls of Paper
Great Balls of Paper (TYTN II)

What do you expect to see on the outside of an ancient Greek city in Italy? Yes that's right, a great big papier mache ball chained to a post. As if finding is the biggest and most pointless papier mache ball outside Paestum's side gets, imagine my surprise to find papiermache.co.uk a whole site dedicated to everything that is papier mache. I suppose natural questions are who made it? Why is it there? Is it around all the time? When was it created? And who created it?s Of course those questions could be asked of the ball in Paestum too.

0 comments have been left18:50 5 Oct 2008Tags: papier paper paestum ball italy
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Piazza Flavio Gioia
Piazza Flavio Gioia (TYTN II)

It was a day of rest at the house of Zamyatin so the beach in Amalfi was the order of the day. Not that good for pictures but good for... resting. Not a seasoned rester and always in need of a good picture... OK, always in need of a picture I left the good ladies Zamyatin at the beach for an hour in the middle of a day of sunbathing for two reasons. Firstly I am no good at sitting doing nothing. Secondly I fancied doing my own thing for a bit and thirdly I heard that there was a paper museum at the very top of Amalfi and I was sure the climb would not be enjoyed by my Wife and Daughter.

The climb was hardish but not that bad so I strode to the top in usual me fashion to realise that I was sweating through my shirt as usual. I found myself in a guided tour of the place and being asked if I spoke Italian, to which I said no. Apaulingly like all (most) Brits I rely on knowing brand names and the words for please and thankyou and rudimentary counting that might even go as high as 5 or 10 if you're lucky so long as there are pauses during the latter stages if counting to 10. So the guide turned to the Italians apologetically and asked if they spoke English, of course they did. Feeling like a shunned idiot I hoped the tour would end quick and mercifully it did. What can you expect from a 3.50EUR tour? I now know that Amalfi paper is of the highest quality and is made of cotton. I also know that the next time I shall bring my daughter and when they ask if I speak Italian I shall say Si but then point to my daughter shaking my head and rolling my eyes saying essa non pug.

Anyway to the picture. There were no good photo ops in the museum and the only picture I took of the place was rubbish so I had to settle myself with this. Coming back down the gorge that is Amalfi you end up at the Marina. In the middle where all the roads join there's this statue. With no markings and nothing in the guide books this is all I have. Obviously it will be something to do with Amalfi's Naval past but I am sure you could have guessed it and I am sure there is a Wikipedia page on it. Good luck.

0 comments have been left18:12 22 Aug 2008Tags: amalfi Flavio Gioia paper statue italy
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