For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Monday, 14 June 2010

Knowing Not-Knowing/Uncontrollable Journey

Knowing someone well enough to know you know them not at all is what keeps them interesting. Life would be pretty boring otherwise. GRACEFUL SIMPLICITY

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. JOHN STEINBECK

...Making the familiar strange and the strange familiar... NOVALIS

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:
The sun-comprehending glass,
And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows
Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless. PHILIP LARKIN

So it's farewell to Palermo with its doors...

... and high windows...



... its shutters and balconies, shrines and statues...



... and narrow, crumbling back streets...



... and its photographers taking photos of photographers. This person looks strangely familiar... Surely it's the same woman we saw earlier, she of the calm concentration and focused gaze..?

Farewell Palermo. We are leaving you on this uncontrollable journey for the deep, blue air and the turquoise waters of Cefalù further along the coast, Cefalù with its fortress-like cathedral, its Temple of Diana on the Rock, and its Black Magic...

Nothing... nowhere... endless...

2 comments:

Grace said...

I was surprised to see myself quoted! I like the one from Steinbeck, he couldn't be more right--if only I could remember it when it matters:)

I hope you share photos of the turquoise waters of Cefalù.

The Solitary Walker said...

Photos of Cefalù just posted, Grace - and more to come!