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Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Mermaid's Tale


As a certain glittery debauched malcontent would have crooned
"Did you miss me? Yeah! When I was away, did you hang my picture on your wall?" 
Probably not. 

This tessellated cupola and the Tyrrhenian Sea were the  view from my bed and balcony last week; believe it or not I found it quite oppressive to look out onto the tiered village, my eyes went seaward every morning. My husband thinks I'm a Selkie, (seal woman)  in Scottish mythology -  a man can steal her away from the ocean if he takes her skin and hides it. Traditionally they make excellent wives but spend an inordinate amount of time staring out to sea and if they ever find their scaled skin, they  will disappear into the white crash of the next wave. 

Forget the Old Man of the Sea, in this part of the world the females are more deadlier than the males. The Sirens, you'll remember them from Homer, lived on the islands which Positano over looks and they bequeathed their name to one of the most amazing hotels where I've ever had the fortune to lay my head. I honestly didn't think that Le Sirenuse  would live up to its reputation but it surpassed it. Among the best parts for me were the bed pillows (I'm worse than the princess and the pea) and the utter joy I experienced when finally realising that the mat in the lift reflected the day of the week - that's dedication. 


This was our room, staying here was as if a charming affluent friend with wealth and taste had given us the keys to their summer home. 

This was the 15th century summer home of the Marquis de Sersale  and the family still own it today. The 90-year-old patriarch still picks out every single antique for every room. 




I really hope you packed an appetite - here's breakfast.




And the view from the breakfast table is almost good enough to eat. 
Mick and Keith wrote 'Midnight Rambler' here, what a hard hard life it was on the road. 


The Sirenuse's secret views to Positano.



The bar,  a quiet riot of Majolica tiles and  mandarin orange upholstery, this was my favourite room - funny that.


Le Sirenuse, Positano

Splish!
This cut out swimsuit looks like Borat's thong in pics - thought I'd spare you that.


The first Aperol Spritz of the season, snip snip: I declare the season when Mad Dog and Englishman get drunk in the midday sun officially open.  

Look at what I'm reading, Greene on Capri, I am so predictable.


The restaurant - illuminated by the glow of 400 candles every evening.



I do love a good vegetable, it's the only shopping I do when on holiday. I bought that wriggly pepper on the left in case you were wondering, he had too much personality to be left behind.


Even the wrapping paper's frisky here.


Night night!
(my comments might  be sporadic, my internet is on the blink for a week)

67 comments:

  1. It's so magical there, I love it. Did you notice the double mermaid mosaic at one end of the pool? I want to make one! So glad you loved it, and I keep wanting to upholster everything in mandarin orange.

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    1. Kathy, that double mermaid was stunning and I sat with the hubs staying what orange is this and we decided mandarin, glad you agree, I would love to use that colour now and I'm normally so boring.

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  2. I think it was a famous local poet Fucini who said that when Amalfitanos go to heaven, it will be just another day...

    Love that selkie story - am going to google some more about it.

    I absolutely adoooore this part of Italy. You must have had a blast. Did you eat all those cakes for breakfast? I bet you took a break from spelt when you were there :) Glad you are safe and sound back home though!

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    1. You know I'm nota cake person too sweet for me, I ordered toast every morning

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  3. This post is better than reading any travel magazine! Everything looks so incredibly beautiful. Love the white swimsuit and sunglasses. And that breakfast table...wow! All those fabulous cakes!

    I laughed out loud at the selkie story, and was also reminded of a movie I saw a long time ago, "The Secret of Roan Inish".

    Happy weekend!

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    1. That was filmed in Donegal, my in laws have a house there.

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  4. Oh such beauty and oppulance.
    It has that touch of magic that makes holidays so memorable.

    Borat's thong never looked like that!

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  5. Hostess, I saved you the below waist look, when I sat down, my spare tyre spilled out of the sides, it was awful!

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  6. Love these pictures and love that you had a good time! I love the mandarin orange as well and this has been added to the bucket list destinations!

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  7. Good luck next year trying to top this one. It looks so cozy and the dining room with the candles would send me over the edge. Stunning and welcome back.

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  8. WMM: I am obsessed with that colour now, I'll be wearing my Kate Spade all summer - if we ever get one.


    Marsha - it was beautiful at night when they lit all of the candles, I've pretty much done my bucket list - but don't want to die!!!! It's LA and the south of France for me very year now and just one more biggie, St Petersburg.

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    1. Oh that's just an expression we use over here

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  9. Thank you so much for this delightful and hoped for post about your stay. When shall I be expecting my kipper and my pinch?

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  10. Yippee - you deserve both, please send address!

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  11. Oh my, Le sirenuse is truly spectacular. The views are to die for and that restaurant with its verdant ceiling illuminated with flickering candlelight. How did you tear yourself away? x

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    1. Magical Christmas Wreath Company, oh I din't want to, I felt so relaxed for the first time in ages, but I'm on your patch in two weeks time!

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  12. Although I have traveled wide and far in Italy I have never managed to get to Positano. Thank you for the inspiration to schedule a trip! Your adventure sounds perfect. By the way, you looks fabulous! Have a great week, Elizabeth

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  13. Thank you for sharing these wonderful holiday photos, Tabitha. What a treat for those of us craving sunshine on a rainy Sunday! Funny you mentioned the Selkie, I just watch Ondine recently on Netflix - it's a modern tale about a seal woman.

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    1. "Ondine" is an enjoyable movie with lovely photography. We liked it so much we bought a copy.

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  14. It's so beautiful, I hope that it isn't made over any time soon. I hate it when hotels lose all of their charm for the sake of being up to date! Love the Borat and large sunglasses very chic!

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  15. Find Boutique: Oh I know, that's how they wrecked the Hotel Bel Air.

    Bigger Closet I've never seen Ondine, must look out for a fellow selkie!

    Elizabeth - I think Rome will always have my heart, oh and Stromboli.

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  16. Ok..where the hell is the swim skirt? You daring dame and in white no less. I start drinking two days before my vacation because hey, I'm going on vacation.

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    1. I had that too, the white swimmie was filthy after the first day!

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  17. I've read "Greene On Capri" but, unfortunately, not on Capri. :(

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  18. I have no words explain the beauty of this post! What a amazing place! I love the color scheme of the hotel. I want to live there permanently! And your wrong about the picture hanging, Buster has one! Thanks for sharing these pictures, it made me very happy today!

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  19. Those photos look absolutely delightful, Positano is a big MUST on my travel list. Glad you had a great vacation! You'll have to add the hotel to your Top 10 hotels post.

    The food, decor & views look amazing. I would never want to leave!

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  20. Oh, so perfect. We must bring more orange to our northern abodes,yes.

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  21. Wow, you look fabulous in that white swimsuit, what a glorious place. "as if a charming affluent friend with wealth and taste had given us the keys to their summer home. " when I worked in London, friends would be forever hopping off to pal's places in the Sth of France, but sadly I was never introduced. Probably had a bit to do with moi being uncouth Kiwi.

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  22. Thank you for sharing--what a beautiful place to visit. And I thought the photo was Penelope Cruz!

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  23. Those vegetables are beautiful and the hotel is stunning.
    The white bathing suit is gorgeous on you, I think you wear white so well, it's definitely your summer look.

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  24. Looks magical, live your hotel. Enjoy the holiday!

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

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  25. ooh count me in - what a fab place to be xx

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  26. Wow is all I can say!! I swoon for that village view out your window! I love the purple artichoke too! Looks like a magical trip!

    KK

    www.preppypinkcrocodile.com

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  27. How very beautiful! Did you have a good time?

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  28. Welcome back Tabitha! Beautiful pics and hope you had a very enjoyable holiday. I loved Shirley Hazzard's "Greene on Capri" which unfortunately is as close as I've ever gotten but hope to one day.

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  29. I had no idea that the islands off Positano were where the Siren's lived (or maybe still do). I'm sure you could have lured some men to a gruesome end had you posed in that white swimsuit on the rocks.
    Love an Aperol Spritz... the taste of good times in Italy.
    You've just made my list of places to stay at a bit longer... what a wonderful hotel xx

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  30. Welcome back!

    I'm green with envy. That is all.

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  31. Perfect paradise - all looks gorgeous, and love that Mandarin orange. You look great in the white swimsuit!

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  32. SHUT UP!!!! I can't believe you! You just lived the life I've always wanted!!!!!!!

    And I want your boobs. Shut it. I do. Don't argue with me about this.

    Love you to the moon.

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  33. So gorgeous. I once wrote a post on La Sireneuse- a fantasy destination for me. Your pictures are wonderful.

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  34. Tabitha! You are so lucky! A dream this place is! Fabulous photos. I'm loving that orange and tiled room too. You look amazing in your swimsuit..

    Aperol Spritz is my favorite drink. That and in this setting= heaven!

    Hope it was wonderful, but I know it was.
    xxKim

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  35. Im sitting at my dreary desk at work not even pretending to look busy and what do we have here? Only one of THE places I have always wanted to visit. Stunning pics by the way...how I do love living vicariously.

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  36. ...South Italy is the Key to...Heaven...isn't?...
    Baci
    xoxo

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  37. The far end of the living room was immediately transformed into a flower and fruit festooned, candle-d shrine the moment I became aware of your departure. Prayers were murmured regularly and the gods of Bourbon & Pearls were assuaged with appropriate offerings. Sorry to see you roughing it in foreign climes. Cheer up! Cheerio! Carry On.

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  38. So it was warm enough for a swimsuit? I'm envious...France was freezing, well, there were a couple of summer-like days, enough for a skirt and sandals. The first holiday Bill and I ever took together was to Sorrento, Naples, Isle of Capri. We visited the Capodimonte museum and the church and graveyard at Montecasino. Bill's father fought there in WWII, and it turns out my Dad was also stationed in Naples. It was in March, too early for warm weather, but I'll never forget my first view of the Med. And the Amalfi Coast! And really Italian pizza. I discovered the wonders of olive oil as well. A great holiday.

    We should go back sometime, this time with a digital camera! I'm sure I'm part mermaid, else why would I want to live in a hot shower?

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  39. I've always wanted to go to Capri and Positano. I had to page up and down several times just to ogle the photos again. I can't believe the incredible spread for breakfast. Do you have more photos of the landscape?

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  40. neds - I don't know where you are but you should see the foul weather here, hailstones... in May.

    CC&C - yes, I love interiors but

    it was the landscape that really made it for me, I just love to be by the water and surrounded by rustic beauty.

    Shelley - it was very hot, I had a touch of sunstroke on the first day, yes France is always cold just now even in the south.

    Ann - jolly good show, I will reciprocate when you go away!

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  41. This is an absolutely beautiful post. What a vacation/trip/journey/rest. Spectacular setting.

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  42. Gorgeous photos, Tabs! Seems like you had a great time!

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  43. Absolute heaven, may you delight in every sumptuous moment and dine on the memories.

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  44. You always find the most stunning places to stay,thank you for sharing.

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  45. Can I tag along on your next trip? Looks gorgeous!

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  46. What a heavenly holiday! Alice wants your white swimsuit, I want the cocktail! Glad you had a great time! Beautiful!

    The perfect Life

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  47. Thank you sooooo much for sharing all this gloriousness. I felt I was there enjoying every delectable bit. And the orange decor in the bar being a happy place for you - I guess orange IS growing on you :-). I love seeing you enjoy the world, little mermaid! xoxo Jen

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  48. I do believe I would stay in that breakfast room all day. x.

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  49. I'm totally taken back by these photos.. this place. It's absolutely stunning and it almost doesn't look real. That restaurant that illuminates with 400 candles in the evening must have been fantastic to see. What a trip! Total perfection and I'm sure you'd like to go back:)

    xxleslie

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  50. How ridiculously beautiful; why isn't every place on earth like this?

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  51. I wish Europe was closer..well theres always Fiji

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  52. Thanks for this post. My sis and I have gone to Positano twice and love it. Last year we stayed in Ravello and just visited Positano but the pics were lovely to see. Especially with snow/hail here in Colorado. Thanks.

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  53. Es un lugar precioso... Son unas fotos impresionantes. La verdad que el lugar está impecable.
    Espero que te hayas divertido en ese viaje.
    Besos
    Sonia

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  54. Magical, magical, magical! Beautiful pictures, and wonderful narrative. Just extended the next bday's trip for a few days!

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  55. Just found your blog... very amusing and well written! We are just about to head off for Capri for a week and I can hardly wait. We have been thee at least 7 times and it just gets better and better! Great post and lots of amusing peaks. I have at least 3 pairs of sandals from his shop!!! Jennyxx

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  56. Oh my dear, thank you so for sharing your magical travels!

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