love *is* all around

P is currently working on a house for a Swiss man, so I have been taking photos and sending them by email to the new owner to keep him up to date on the progress.

Of course this gives me an excuse to wander around a bit and take more village photos–but as it turns out, I don’t have to roam very far from that house to remind me that love really *is* all around.

These are all a few steps from where P parks his motorino:








These images are overseen by a gorgeous stone angel who is on la Chiesa di San Nicola, the center of the small quadrant of the village that the families of both P and me are from.

The church was built in 1239 and is mentioned by name in George Gissing’s classic travel memoir By the Ionian Sea: Notes of a Ramble in Southern Italy; the author had happened upon the church’s parroco on a train, which led Gissing to write:


I would ask nothing better than to visit him, some autumn-tide,

when grapes are ripening above the Ionian Sea.




I wonder if Gissing ever did get the pleasure of having this face look down upon him.

Happy Love Thursday everyone!

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[tags] love thursday, hearts, angels, george gissing, by the ionian sea, ionian sea, badolato, san nicola, chiese, churches[/tags]

14 Beans of Wisdom to “love *is* all around”
  1. 01.17.2008

    i love the title…reminds me of Love Actually which I’ve watched about 4 times this month πŸ™‚

    Erin’s last blog post..characters in the city

    Such an awesome movie. Happy to remind you πŸ™‚

  2. 01.17.2008

    Great Photos!! And Love Actually really is a great movie!!

    bermudabluez’s last blog post..Simply Crepes!

    Thanks, and I wholeheartedly agree on the movie πŸ™‚

  3. 01.17.2008

    I’m dating myself here, but as soon as I read the title I started humming the old 70s song, “Love is in the Air.” I love the details of architecture and am fascinated with the large wooden doors on buildings in the little German village I am in. I can’t wait to get to Italy (April) to explore the details there.

    Diane Mandy’s last blog post..Now what?

    I *love* that song! And it sounds like you’re going to love exploring our nooks and crannies πŸ™‚

  4. Diane – I hear you. I starting thinking of that song as well. I think I need to go buy it on iTunes right now. πŸ™‚

    beautiful photos Michelle!

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..“No Country for Old Men” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

    Thanks…I think I may have to contact the Love is in the Air *and* Love Actually people πŸ˜‰

  5. 01.17.2008

    I love that you find these small details that mean so much. And by the way, I really do love the new look of your new site! It’s so calming and inviting!

    Karina’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #38

    Thanks Karina, on both accounts πŸ™‚

  6. Eryn

    Loved the heart pics! so cool. i can’t believe that church was built in 1239. wow really puts a lot into perspective!

    Ciao Eryn, every now and again it *really* hits me just how long some of this stuff has been around. Incredible indeed.

  7. 01.17.2008

    Gorgeous photos! This would have made (or would still make) a great Valentine’s Day post, too!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Revised Turkey Tetrazzini

    Jen, you’re right. Dang it. Now I have to find *more* hearts….

  8. Gil

    I wonder how long the heart has been a symbol for love. I never really thought that it even went back as far as 1239. Thanks for posting those interesting pictures.

    Well Gil, only the angel (or cherub or putti?) comes from 1239–the hearts are from later, I’m sure, and didn’t symbolize love, I don’t think, so much as a window protection πŸ˜‰ But you’ve intrigued me about the heart being a symbol. I think I just found a Valentine’s post πŸ™‚

  9. 01.17.2008

    details done right…another of the glories of italia~!

    qualcosa di bello’s last blog post..a state of being

    Qualcosa, they even make iron bars on windows look pretty don’t they? Amazing!

  10. Freelance Cynic

    It’s true. Just this morning I found love in my bathtub. Still, I washed it down the plughole anyway

    Cynic, another fact of life–sometimes love is fleeting. Lessons are all around too πŸ˜‰

  11. 01.18.2008

    Your photos discovered hearts and the angel make me happy.

    rochambeau’s last blog post..Hear Ye ~Hear Ye !

    And I’m happy to hear it!

  12. 01.18.2008

    Great shots!!!!

    Butterfly Mama’s last blog post..Five Beautiful Months

    Thanks Heidi! Good to see you!

  13. 01.18.2008

    I’m reminded of Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield”. Maybe I have the wrong attitude! πŸ™‚ Or maybe it’s my age….

    Jeff’s last blog post..Focara di Novoli part 2

    Hah! What a great song! There’s room for all kinds of love in the love spectrum methinks πŸ˜‰

  14. 01.20.2008

    Absolutely beautiful photos.
    You know where they will be appearing next πŸ˜‰
    I’m loving the new blog.
    Though I must say I always thought the other one was lovely too πŸ™‚
    Waving at you from New York,

    Frances’s last blog post..quote for a sunday 1/20/08

    Thanks so much Frances! Ooh I see I should change my link to you too πŸ™‚

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