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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Capri



Hope you have your sea legs because today we are heading to Capri; for more than two thousand years an island of sybaritic pleasure, ever since Emperor Tiberius went in the huff with his fellow Romans and headed south where his holiday interests included vigorous sex and turfing those who got on his bad side off high cliffs. I have this on the very best authority, from Suetonius. Has anyone read his book, The Twelve Caesars? It's  the National Enquirer for the Classical Era. 





First stop was the JK Place whose pictures have been in every design blog and magazine for the last few years. We didn't stay here as we were Plebeian day trippers but went for drinks and mooched around. When we asked to see a room the manager, Simone Giorgi,  who was utterly, utterly charming, immaculately dressed  and sporting  a pair of the most striking blue suede shoes,  immediately whisked us to the most expensive room in the hotel. He was so lovely, I want to make him my new best friend. 

You'll see it below. What a room. What a terrace. What a price.





 This guest could not have been more picture perfect.


This portrait  of Lady Ashley is now burning a hole in my  locker of dark wants, does anyone know where I can find something similar?


Peekaboo!
I travelled in a red jumper, white jeans ( much like the woman above but much less chic)  and  packed two dresses, one white, one black, a raincoat, a white t shirt  and a swimsuit and a cover up - perfect.









Look at that bed spread,  it looks as if it has been botoxed. In fact they iron the linen once it is upon the bed; once again dedication to the cause,  even Tiberius couldn't find fault here.





I had never been to Capri and I utterly, utterly, utterly loved it and have to go back. We gasped at the Villa Jovis...

my pics didn't do it justice

 and tried to pick our hotel for a future visit which leads me to the next few photographs of the Hotel Minerva. "I'm torn between  two lovers, treated like a fool."
There was something about the Minerva that just made me wish it was my home. 








Look, more sea views for Selkie Tabs!







                                              The spirit  of Jackie lingers all over the island.



Mr Schettino, 93 years old and still going to work every day in his bijou magpie's nest of sandals where he has served everyone from Jackie to  Valentino to me.




Jackie buying even more sandals at Canfora.






I know, who writes postcards  anymore? Well I do, better that than face matriarchal  ire, mum loves a postcard. I wish I could say it's great to be home but it was so cold yesterday I wore gloves.



61 comments:

  1. on your next visit to LA you have to go to the rose bowl swap meet. a beautiful portrait will be yours. i love the way jackie wore her head scarves. oh...btw, i want your life. xo

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  2. Well, if ever there was a slice of heaven on earth, surely this is it? Magnifico! I am there! I have explained to the husband and if we don't eat for a few months, we can be at any of these places! I think the Minerva looks the coziest. The picture of Jackie straight on is the most joyous picture of her i have seen. Capri must do that to you, as you you have a bit of the cat-who-ate-the-canary about you in the picture of your soon to be home away from home! Damn - I am going to be dreaming of the waves lapping....

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  3. No kidding, I want your life too! Just an awesome destination. We summered in a villa between Sorrento & Positano a couple of years ago, a 180 degree view of the Med and Capri. We were day-trippers also because we had the place on the mainland, however, the trip wasn't long, and we all loved the vibe. I must say I have never seen so many Italian designer establishments in one small place in my life. I bought my son a pair of Gucci shoes while he was off photographing something and he still talks about those shoes. To me, the Amalfi Coast is perfection. I wish I lived there, Sorrento would be my place of heaven. Great post.

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  4. I love these reviews and that hotel room is to die for. I'd love to go to Capri one day and if so my dream would be to stay in one of these places!

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    1. Gardener's Cottage, that's a great idea, if only I didn't need to get it home, but I will go for a nosy and rummage next time.

      WMM: The MInerva is my favourite, so cosy and comfy and it felt like home.

      Marsha: I wish it was my life too - just a few fleeting moments.

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  5. I'm totally green with envy....
    Capri looks so enchanting.

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  6. Well done Selky Tabs! Apparently, Jackie O isn't the only one that packs a steamer trunk for a day trip.

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  7. Tabitha, I just bookmarked this page so I can go back and revisit those amazing pictures. Thank you for opening my eyes - "The 12 Caesars" Canfora, and JK Place. I should never read your blog when I am in the midst of a deadline- it is so wonderfully distracting! I hope you indulged , and purchased some fabulous sandals.

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  8. Wow, Capri is so absolutely breathtaking. No wonder Jackie O spent so much time there! Thanks for the photos. Your travel wardrobe sounds just about perfect. I hope you got some pretty sandals, they would make for a great souvenir!

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  9. The rooms are stunning, but OMG that water! The color of the sea is just amazing. They *iron* the linens on the bed, seriously? Le monsieur would love that...he's a Prince (of "and the pea") and the bed linens are never smooth enough for him.

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  10. We used to stay at the Quisisana and liked it. Did you have some sandals made ? I know exactly what you mean about coming home, it's freezing here too ! Your capsule wardrobe impresses me, you might be able to teach Mrs FF a thing or two !!xx

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    1. Knit Yarns - it's a great read, full of scandal!

      GSL: Oh now what I want is Jackie's wardrobe for a weekend away, I'm sure I would love it all.

      Louise: All I brought back was my first touch of colour, nothing that beats that!

      Pseu: yes, I kept going on about the water too, the colour was incredible, better than our dull dishwater.

      Silver Bunny: Oh I didn't like that one, I popped in but it was a bit too over the top for me, but I did like their terrace outside.

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  11. This post is spectacular! But how could it NOT be...it is about one of the most beautiful places on Earth! Thank you for sharing your amazing trip with us...I am a bit green with envy!

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  12. Thank you for this post - I feel as refreshed as if I'd been on holiday myself (ok - not like I'd been on a proper vacation - but at least a mini-break LOL!)

    I ADORE Capri - I also went there on a day trip (from Sorrento) - and I felt as if I was in a movie - everything is better there - everyone is more chic, the sky is more blue...sigh!

    But my favorite picture has to be the yellow bedroom with the ironed bedsheets...on my Pinterest inspiration board it goes :-)

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    1. Ella - isn't it almost edible? Like a French Fancy.

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  13. What I love about you is you always show me beauty . Whether it's a glimpse of Capri or the local watering hole around the corner. Stunning Tabs and welcome home.

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  14. I'm highly ticked that you didn't send me a postcard! You know I'm laid up and Capri anything may make me feel better! ;)

    Seriously, it looks breathtaking!

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  15. Stunning photos, thanks for the glimpse into that life!

    I still write postcards! Only to my important people and my Grandma. Never to the workplace, of course.

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  16. The lady in the red seweater looks as though she has been stabbed through the right shoulder. She she fall foul of Tiberius?

    I heard it is still cold in GOC. I'm going to have to visit my ailing father soonish. Do you think you could warm it up in the meantime?

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    1. Marsha: I need it to lift my soul and to break away from the hum drum of every day.

      Farrah- you need to be 90 plus to qualify!

      LR - oh I never know what to write in them, mum just gets a few scrawls of drivel.

      Columnist: Oh I hope your father isn't too poorly, I have never known a mid May this cold.

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  17. I love JK Place... stayed in the Florence one, would love to stay at Capri and see that they're opening one in Rome. It's my idea of heaven (if a slightly expensive version of it).
    Capri looks beautiful - have never been to the Amalfi. Love that you write a postcard home to your Mummy. x

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  18. Tabs, Loved every little bit of this...Beyond beautiful and better than I imagined! Lucky girl.

    Still love sending and getting postcards too!

    xxKim

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  19. Love the sandals as bright and timeless as Capri itself.

    Villa Jovis is that a Tiberian hiedout Seutonis said he had 12 where the emperor got up to or down to naughty things

    Re the portrait start hunting auction rooms isn't Lady Ashley's skirt and shirt another timeless combination ?

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  20. Heidi - I don't like the Amalfi coast , it's too craggy for me and the backdrop reminds me of Scotland, but I loved Capri and will go back for a holiday sometime.

    smr: I think I've linked to it, it was very impressive, he ruled Rome from there for a time.
    Oh I think she is just wonderful, her outfit and her hair too, I really really must find something similar.

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  21. Ahh la dolce vita indeed! thank you tabs for another peek into the fab life....

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  22. You are so lucky. We spent about 3 holidays on the Isle of Capri and we adored it. There are some wonderful secret places away from the crowds. Gorgeous coves where you can stop at seaside ressaurants and eat the most delicious fresh crab.

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  23. As beautiful as ever--you and the island of Capri!
    Not to mention you are hitting the creme de la creme of hotel lust...

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  24. Belissima! Just bought the book (12 Caesars) after seeing Alistair Sooke's series on Roman art. Yes, yes I know we are behind...

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  25. I love your travelogue - JK is so picturesque and I must say I never tire seeing pictures of it - love the botoxed bed sheets! Only reason to stay in a hotel really is the change and menu choice of linen.

    I like Capri but for me it is like the Wales of the Mediterranean islands - beautiful but slightly haunted by its history. Which sandals did you choose in the end?

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    1. Agreed, I'm actually tired of hotels now and for longer holidays we just want our own place and privacy now.
      I tried on sandals and got a peck on both cheeks but I don't shop on holiday, too easy to get carried away with the spirit of the place!

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    2. I didn't get any either bc I was just overloaded with choice! But next time you go do check out ceasar augustus hote - nothing special to stay at but it had the most marvelous views, probably the best on the whole island so do at least go for a drink and a wander next time.

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    3. coulds shoulda woulda- oh it's really all about the views there, so I will do that, probably a few years away, the next stops are already decided on.

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  26. Capri is a gorgeous place, and you show it off so beautifully :-)
    I went day tripping there a few years' back and would love to return some day and stay....

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  27. OH, I NEED TO GO RIGHT NOW!!! xo

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  28. You blend right in with your chic surroundings. How gorgeous it all is!

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  29. I adore following you on your so glamours holidays,you make it sound so easy just stepped off your private jet.
    Back to the real world of freezing UK,2 inches of snow fell near here yesterday!!

    Thank you for the super photos.

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  30. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

    And your sunglasses are so Tabichic.

    xoxox

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  31. It's so beautiful there, but can get so crowded too. Looks like you went at a good time. We're in Ojai Valley now and I don't want to leave!

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  32. what amazing and gorgeous pictures!! love love love that you still send postcards. it's a lost form of communication. we still do that and some of our friends send postcards to the kids. it is so special.

    phiphi's blog

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  33. Yippee: Glad you enjoyed the posts.
    Kathy: Ojai, is so peaceful, I really want to move to the back of beyond but somewhere warm

    Phiphi - Bizarrely I don't even know any kids anymore!

    Thanks LPC and Lane.

    Judith: oh the actual travel part is such a horror!

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  34. What lovely reminders of Capri. We were bowled over by the place - it's a different world there. There was a major storm when we were coming back tot he mainland on the boat, with waves over the top of our little ferry. I remember having to stand outside and cling to a pole; sitting inside made me awfully seasick. I decided I'd risk being washed overboard rather than be that sick. Still, we loved Capri and would definitely love to visit again one day.

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  35. Oh, god, Capri looks gorgeous! I'll admit I didn't even like it that much when we ever-so-briefly there (gauche day tripping, ha!)--but now you've put the magic back into the place. Or maybe I was just young and dehydrated.

    I'm dying to hit up Schettino's now. And that bedspread is unreal.

    (Sorry I've been a little AWOL, it's taken me this long to figure out your new commenting system!)

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  36. Magpie - I didn't like Positano or Amalfi bar le Sirenuse but I loved Capri. Oh I took off anon commenting because there were 30 to 40 spam emails being sent to my phone every day and it was driving me bananas. Sorry, I should have said, mea culpa.

    Shelley: I loved it, that and Cap Ferrat and Cap D'Antibes are my favourite places on the continent now.

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  37. I have heard mixed reviews of Capri, I think high season guests find it quite overwhelming, but these pics are making me rethink our South of France regular haunt.

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  38. I would love to go there, it looks so relaxing like anxieties would just fall away.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures, they're beautiful.

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  39. I love Capri also Tabs and just love the Jackie O memorabilia everywhere. I've never been during very high season though. I think it could be a big squash.
    Hope you are well Sweets x

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  40. Vanessa and Find Boutique - oh absolutely, I wouldn't set foot in Italy, France or Spain in July or August - those countries burst at the seams then.

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  41. <3 real capsule wardrobe, ironed in situ sheets, postcards. Have couple ideas re. your portrait, off to do google.
    PS More and more convinced chic is all in the genes, not jeans. Jackie making a biq square of fabric look royally relaxed vs. frumpy hausfrau.

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  42. oh my tabitha - what a way to while away the days - perfect hol - i shall live vicariously through you - it is abs brass monkeys! Brrr xxx

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  43. Get Fresh _ in situ ironed sheets, have you ever heard of such an amazing thing? Oh and I know, I'd look frumptastic in a headscarf.

    F & F - Flipping freezing! I'm in London soon, are you around? Will leave a comment on your blog.

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  44. Oh my gosh, the botoxed bedsheets, the person who helped put sandals on Jackie's feet and those views. (and how is she - Jackie - always so photogenic? heresy to say here in the US but apparently it was because her eyes were on either side of her head) Anyway....Sososo jealous.

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  45. (sigh) so gorgeous. blue suede shoes. even more beautiful sandals. and that bookcase!

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  46. Oh what a glorious travelogue! Now I know where I want to spend the next big birthday..

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  47. You look beautiful in your black dress and dark sunglasses! I aspire to your Spartan packing routine. I must do this on my next holiday. It's supposed to be relaxing to go on holiday, and having fewer choices is relaxing to me.

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  48. Dear Tabitha I felot rith there in Capri while reading this post! The images of the seaside, jackie etc are wonerderful!

    Come with me on my adventure in France.
    life, possibilities, grace
    a beautiful dream...
    you decide.
    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  49. Fantastic post! Whisk me away!

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  50. Your photos are breathtaking. DH and I are going to Italy with my inlaws in September and Capri is on the 'day trip' list. It just made my "must do" after reading your post. Thanks for sharing! Off to read about the rest of your adventures :)

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  51. Swooning with envy...the hotels look amazing. What an escape!

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  52. If you can get a high resolution (ie very detailed) pic of a painting, it's remarkably easy and inexpensive to have a reproduction made. I use art students from our local university who have to do this as one of their course requirements, luckily it's quite a good art school. If the original is in a museum in the uk, you're in luck as they have a national online file of high Rez images of nearly everything in public collections in the entire country.

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