Explore. Dream. Discover.

Sailing

Twenty years from  now you will be more disappointed by things you didn’t do than by things that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

This quote is attributed to Mark Twain. And Mark is also the name of the tillerman in the picture above. He is a good friend of mine and I’m sure that he really appreciates the strong exhortation of this quote.

See Naples and Die

See Naples and Die: the popular phrase suggests that before you die you must experience the beauty and magnificence of the city of Naples, Italy.

Last February I finally visited Naples. I found that the old saying is still valid. The wonderful views of the Bay of Naples and the silhouette of Mount Vesuvius in the background make this a truly unique city.

 

Skulls in the Fontanelle Cemetery

Skulls in the Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, Italy.

Fontanelle Cemetery, Naples, Italy

The Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, Italy, is an ossuary, a charnel house. In the past, they were stacked in a tuff quarry the corpses of the great plague of 1656 and the 1836 cholera. In this ossuary Neapolitans spontaneously developed a real cult of the dead. People adopted and took care of the skulls hoping to receive favors.