My Other Lover

When you have a lover, every sense is heightened, every sight, sound, and scent floods your heart with joy.

I have two such paramours. They exist on opposite sides of the world. Bali was my first. We met in 2010. I was besotted. We’ve been together for eight enchanting years and my passion is stronger today than ever. But another has haunted me. I’ve wondered, imagined, desired, refrained…

until now.

When we were introduced I wasn’t free. I hid my heart and left. But I couldn’t forget the force of that energy, the longing to explore, to learn, to cast caution to the wind.

At seventy I’ve returned. It’s like yesterday, but the intensity of feeling is ten-thousand times stronger. Perhaps because now I know what I want and I don’t compromise. Perhaps because Bali has been a kind and gentle companion and is there to go home to. Perhaps because I know time is short and life is a gift that mustn’t be squandered.

I’m inviting you along to share this adventure. Meet my Italian lover. Like Bali, this one is also a place…

Praiano, on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

The cliffs, the clouds – around every hairpin turn is a vista of excruciating beauty.
I was in jetlag haze – maybe this is Vico Equense, or Sorrento, or Positano, or…? All of the towns we passed are jewels along the road to Praiano.
When I was here before it was high season. This road was bumper-to-bumper traffic. What a difference in February.
These views take my breath away.
The architecture, ancient walls, stairways…be still my heart!
Nicola, my Airbnb host, unlocked the blue gate at the street and we started up the steps…
112 steps to be exact – to my front door. There’s no other way in…or out…112 steps…!
The view over Praiano and the Mediterranean from my terrace. The stuff of dreams! The two-storey blue building in the center of this photo is the nearest market. I needed food and met Angela, the owner. I asked if she had eggs. She thought she had eggs…
“Please wait,” she said and ran out the door. In a moment she returned with 3 eggs. She’s delightful! I’ve found a new friend.
What do you do when you arrive in Italy after 30 hours of travel?
Night is as seductive as day.

So what do you think? Is this one a keeper? It’s going to be an amazing month! Best of all, with lovers like this, no one gets jealous!

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 18:33:14

    Looks lovely. What prompted you to go for a month at this time?

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  2. stevecastley
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 18:45:40

    Love the story and the photos. The photo of you with the glass of wine looks like Jessa. Keep having a great time. Wonderful to reconnect with an ageless lover, you ageless beauty.

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  3. writingforselfdiscovery
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 19:05:36

    I look like Jessa! What a lovely compliment. We are related.
    I’m thrilled to be back here. This villa is absolutely perfect. It’s high on the mountainside but I can still hear the waves – and the view – OMG!.
    Yesterday was 19 Celcius, a simply spectacular day. Today is a bit cooler – perfect for writing and recovering from jetlag. In fact, I feel a nap coming on!

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  4. Anonymous
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 23:04:58

    So beautiful! I have spent a lot of time in Italy – and have never been South of Rome. Lately every article and conversation that comes to me – is about the South. The universe is telling me something…….and I’m listening! How did you choose this little town?



    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Feb 05, 2020 @ 01:44:29

      Be sure to listen when the Universe speaks! I stayed in Praiano with friends for a week about 11 years ago. I’d probably never have seen the Amalfi Coast if we hadn’t taken the train from Sicily which put us in southern Italy. I love Florence and Venice, and Rome is amazing. But the Amalfi Coast is a world apart. We did a trip across the south. The landscape is magnificent. When you go, be sure to see the ancient city of Matera. Also the trulli (dome houses) in Alberobello have an amazing story!



  5. gigicullins
    Feb 05, 2020 @ 00:10:31

    So happy for you and what a wonderful gift to yourself. I absolutely love Italy but have only been to northern Italy. Hopefully a return trip to see southern Italy is in my future. I know you will enjoy every moment.



    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Feb 05, 2020 @ 01:51:29

      I had only in the north until I went with friends to Sicily. When we took the train into Italy we landed in a villa in Praiano and that was all it took. I’m forever indebted to those friends to have found this remarkable slice of heaven on earth. And I’m deeply grateful to be in a position to return on my own to enjoy it at my own pace, absorb the culture, the landscape, the food, and not have to compromise or negotiate anything with another human being!



  6. Anonymous
    Feb 05, 2020 @ 01:28:33

    Fabulous!!!! You’re going to have many adventures. I think I have as many steps but they are spread out😀. Will be eager to follow….. (S)



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