Cartões Postais Para Clara

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Around the corner from our street.

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Dear Clara

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We’re pretty much moved in here in Ragusa, a nice small apartment in the old city center. It reminds a little of Lisboa, and when we lived in the Alfama. Steep stairways, a cascade of cubist buildings clinging to the vertical terrain. Here there is a deep ravine which cuts the city in half, and another which isolates Ibla, the older more Baroque part of town, from Ragusa “superior.”

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The city has been here for more or less 4,000 years – Sicle, then Greek, then Roman. It was, like Lisboa in 1755, destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, and then rebuilt at the height of the Baroque era. But it is of the local tufa, a creamy soft sandstone, and so the weather wears it down over the centuries.  As the photographs show.

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We expect to be here the next 6 months, though we have a trip next month to Torino for screenings – 5 films – and will see friends in Milano and elsewhere there in the north of Italy.

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I hope you are well, and had a wonderful Christmas time and New Year. And I hope, of course, that I might see you this year.

Amo-te

Teu pai,

jon

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Ibla, through an archway just down from where we’re living.

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Amo-te, Clarinha !!

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