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Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Roads around #Ravello 1. (Serialized Story in 12 Parts) by John von Daler

                  If you have traveled extensively, you may have heard of the Bay of Amalfi in Southern Italy. Here, nestled at the base of the thousand year old cliffs, the little village of Amalfi has plied its two trades, fishing and papermaking, since our lord came to earth.
                  If you walk past the Cathedral in Amalfi and through the charming valley as it narrows at the foot of the two closest mountains, you come past the ancient paper-making mill. Wise thinkers have often held to be true the peasant notion that the Magna Charta would never have come into being, if it had not been for the egality and fine quality of the Amalfi paper on which it was written. This paper has been produced for centuries using the energy from the falling water. Some even say that the very ashes of near-by Vesuvius have been mixed into the grain of the paper and as a result its pages have been said to be able to withstand the heat of matches held directly against them.
                   But this is of course a peasant idea, and not necessarily a proven fact. The Amalfi valley extends between two mountains, each with its own dominating town. To the east you have Ravello, a proud and aristocratic settlement, covered with churches, monasteries, the workshops of artisans and the mansions of citizens of the world who sit in their windows and contemplate the sun. To the west is Scala, a peasant village, for years the home of the servants and farmers who support Ravello with their muscular backs and age-old peasant knowledge.
                   The sun rises behind Ravello and shines on Scala the whole morning. In the afternoon it disappears behind the mountain, casting its black cape on Scala while the streets of Ravello are bathed in light. The people of Amalfi who drink both the wine of Scala and the wine of Ravello say that grapes grown in the former in the morning light have the freshness of a virgin on her way to church, whereas the wine of Ravello, grown as it is in the evening light, is called the Wine of Darkness and is best to drink if you are feeling a little mad. (to be continued)
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