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When I think I about last 3 years that I've been here, I don't remember late September and October being so warm.

Here, it's hot during July and August. Unbearably so because Italians have an unnatural fear of air conditioning.

But then, September is unpredictable, a couple of warm sunny days it will reluctantly give us before October becomes just chilled enough to request a light jacket and cancel your plans for late-season tanning. Summer paraphernalia like swim suits, shorts, and flip-flops are sadly boxed (but never forgotten), and the scent of sun block becomes a trigger of nostalgia for the brief time you had under the sun.

Look at that sunshine! This isn't normal, as I have said, and I will let my toes be free until the cold sends them to their room.

This is just a 5 minute walk from my house. Don't hate me.

To everyone's, I haven't put my sandals away yet. And I'm gonna wear shorts with my wet hair in a towel if you don't stop being smart-ass.

**When I wrote this, it was warm outside. My bragging has since caused winter to begin in Ischia...I apologize for my big mouth and apparent power to control the weather.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tracie. Of course, we all hate you for living in such paradise...just kidding :). Happy Belated Birthday, by the way. I loved the pics, as always. Are you going to hang around Ischia for the winter or going to Napoli? And just so you know, I plan to come visit you next year, ok?

Hugs from NJ.

10/19/2006 12:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tracie - It's good to have you back! I missed my daily doses of life in Paradise! Happy Birthday (belated) & I look forward to hearing more from you!


10/19/2006 1:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics!and a Happy Belated Birthday from NM

10/19/2006 6:14 PM

Blogger Texas Espresso said...

Tracie - flip flops and wet hair in a towel? living life dangerously my friend....hehe

you made me laugh out loud by your endnote - i hope you continue to use your powers for good.lol

10/19/2006 9:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracie, that first pic is amazing! How did you get that shallow depth of field? I love it!

10/19/2006 10:37 PM

Blogger The very nice man said...

You are living where we should be! Hate you, hate you, hate you!!
Unless (since you control weather) you can send permanent sunshine over to England now!

P.S.: OK, so I don't actually hate but . . I mean . . just look at those pictures!!

10/20/2006 1:54 AM

Blogger Darbs said...

Still posting these beautiful pics that make all of us in the states J-E-A-L-O-U-S!!! Figures...LOL!

And since I'm learning strictly from the comments on this entry that it was your B-Day...


Hope you did something wild and crazy!

10/20/2006 1:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I can blame you for the rain last night that made my nearly dry washing all wet again. 'Sigh' Tracie, stop bragging, I want my jeans dry!

10/20/2006 5:34 AM

Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hey, I was going to say, It's a hell of a lot colder and rainier here than in Naples but I guess you've got that going on now too. Do you think we might have developed some sort of temperarure change tolerance with all the air conditioning we grew up with? Italians seem all to be sure it gives you a stiff neck at minimum. oh how I swelter in July!

10/20/2006 6:00 AM

Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Tracie B. You are killing me with these photos.

10/20/2006 1:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really do hate you. You live in a fantastic place. Now, I hate being here in the Third World even more.

10/20/2006 6:08 PM

Blogger Tracie P. said...

franca--i'll be in ischia (my house is there), but i'll spend quite a bit of time in napoli too depending on what work i find. i'll be waiting!

hey mayo! heard you got a motley crew concert comin' up...

j.doe--thanks :) looking forward to hearing more from y'all

texas--if i can make you laugh then you've made my day!

sicilian--storybook life? HA, if you only knew...

johnifer--thanks, i used the "document" (i.e. macro) scene option on my camera. will you please leave your link here so that everybody can see how talented you are?

very nice man--permanent sunshine? you would never appreciate it without a few clouds every now and then :)

hey darbs! thanks:)

nikinpos--it's all part of my evil plan with the mayor

susan--stiff neck is directly related sweat covered sleeping

nyc and pinoy--sorry, i'll take pics of the uncollected garbage next time

10/21/2006 3:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/21/2006 6:26 PM

Blogger dmarie said...

totally hate you!...lol

10/23/2006 8:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE that first picture, Tracie! It is exactly what you see when you have been dozing on a warm beach towel in the sun and open your eyes a little just to see the water and indulge in your surroundings... maybe after a carafe of local white wine and some linguini alla vongole! It makes me want to come and see you! You really captured it, my dear.

10/25/2006 11:15 AM

Blogger Miss Kim said...

I always wonder why people are staring at my wiggly toes in October!

10/25/2006 12:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it long time! Your photos are bringing me right back. I think I might have taken some very similar photos when I was there a few weeks ago. *Sigh*

Don't let anyone make you put on your shoes. I live in flip-flips and constantly get the "Please put on real shoes comment" from the Mr.


10/25/2006 6:52 PM

Blogger Dayngr said...

ooooh I am so jealous of both the beautiful beach and the now cool temps.

10/27/2006 8:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting such beautiful pictures...I could use a little of your warm weather right about now. :)

10/29/2006 8:10 PM

Blogger your judgemental aunt said...

is a 5 min walk from my house :(

11/01/2006 4:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, my wife is so jealous of where you live! We get to the beach as often as we can, but its never enough!

11/05/2006 12:51 AM

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