Atrani: The Water's Edge

If It's Tuesday: This Must Be Atrani 

[or.. The Water's Edge]

Just a short scenic walk from Amalfi lies the pretty village of Atrani... It is here I stayed in a backpacker's hostel sixteen years ago.. and here I returned to relive that first glimpse of 'Santa Maria Maddalena'  as you turn the corner on the walk from Amalfi.  Some things never change and the beauty of this scene still captivated my heart and imagination.

I had little time to wander around but enjoyed every minute.  Especially conversing with the local shop keepers. They were keen to know if I thought Atrani had changed in the past sixteen years.. and I assured them it was exactly as I remembered it.. I was quite proud of that little conversation. Held completely in Italian from my rusty memory of two weeks at language school,  sixteen years prior.. It's these conversations that are always the most memorable.. Making a connection even with my poor Italian.

Leaving the village I turned back and took this shot..  I love the gentleman with his shadowy presence. Standing at the water's edge.. Is he contemplating life? Or just if a swim is in order? 

Have A Great Week All

And If I'm Not Back Beforehand
Happy Thanksgiving 
To My Friends In The USA

ALL Text, Original Photography & Artwork [copyright beingRuby©]
All shots taken in Atrani,  Italy,  August 2011


I Dream Of said...

Ruby, these are amazing. You are so talented. I could gaze at them all day and be transported to the Amalfi coast!

Renée Finberg said...

the 1st and second are amazing.
do more o0f them like this!!!!
i love!!!


Blondie's Journal said...

These pictures are stunning, Julie! I am happy that all your great memories of Atrani will remain the same. I'm glad you remembered some of your Italian! What a pretty language.

Sorry I keep asking you about Positano...I have watched that movie a thousand times, I just never "knew" someone who had been there!!


Loree said...

You do some wonderful things to your photos. Atrani sounds like a wonderful place where time has stood still.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Your photo-editing is almost as exciting as your photos...
Almost :-)

I'm linking you for our Traveling Tuesdays at the WhistleStop Cafe!

Claudia Lane said...

Hi Julie, these are so beautiful...fell in love straight away xo

Ann said...

Thanks, Julie!

Loving your creativity and eye for beauty!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

As always, your talent amazes me! Beautiful and are you! :)

Sue said...

It really must have been interesting to revisit places you loved after so many years. The photos are really interesting this time...nice touch!

Sharon said...

Hi Julie, these are wonderful. I love the second one - a perfect dream of a beautiful place.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I think he is just soaking in the beauty and for that brief moment, without a care in the world.


Jennifer Beaudet said...

These are so creative! Love them! I also love your story, I can just imagine the whole scene. Your writing is so colorful! Thanks again for sharing this beautiful place with us! Happy Thanksgiving Julie!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

You are too much, Miss Julie! Looks like MOnet's work!
Have a great weekend.

Giulia said...

Julie, these are excellent! When is the shop opening? I'm not kidding.

Of course the Italians loved talking to doesn't matter the proficiency of the speaker, as you know, but the idea that someone took the time to speak in Italian, outside of their comfort zone. Good for you!

xoxo/Susan & little Julie

Lynne with an e said...

It's so fitting how the ink outline effect lends a wavery,crumbly sort of feeling to the palazzo on the cliff, and turns the umbrellas into the suggestion of a rocky shore. I didn't even suspect they were umbrellas until the last picture. Very clever. Of course, the water colour feeling is just perfect for this beach scene, enhancing your "misty watercolour memories of the way you were" 16 years ago. Fun stuff!

La Petite Gallery said...

This is just terrific, I like the style...spoke to Renee this morning and I was upset the butcher sliced the skin on my Turkey, from the neck to cavaty.
It will not be a Norman Rockwell picture. looks like it fell off
a truck. Renee started Preaching about being Thankful I have arms.
Wonder where she gets that. Ha-ha.
Love ya Julie,
wish you were here.

Renée Finberg said...

i came back to look again.
i think i prefer the second
and the 3rd {the colorful beach scene.

love to you xxx

thanks for the sweet wishes

Karena said...

Julie thank you so much for brightening our lives with your wonders!

Love and Hugs

Art by Karena

Pooch Purple Reign said...

i would have remembered if i had made it to this place for sure !! next time....
~laura xx


Julie, how sweet to arrive back home and find your message. I've missed so much in blogland lately and so enjoy visiting your blog seeing such beauty. You really have an eye for capturing the true essence of the places you capture in film. And the photo treatments work to further convey your spot on interpretation of that essence. So creative, intuitive and beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent here. Wishing you a lovely weekend. Angela

rjerdee said...

AWESOME paintings, Julie!!!

Elaine said...

Fabulous Julie! This must have been a magical scene and a wonderful memory for you.

You are brave to have conversations with the locals. I always love going to the spots where the locals hang out.