Pure escapism.

I found this video quite delightful. It’s the video record of a walk around the little Italian town of Portofino, and along the paths overlooking it in the hills above. The video records fragments of the conversation of passers-by, and the sound of cicadas in the bushes lining the paths, as well as road traffic and waves lapping on the harbour beach. There’s little or no accompanying commentary.

I was pleased to see ashtrays on many of the outdoor tables in the town. And if it had been up to me, I would have sat all day at one of those tables with a beer and a cigarette, quietly gazing on the colourful scene, the girls in summer clothes,. the boats moored in the harbour, and the deep blue Mediterranean sea.

Watching it was like a little holiday in itself.

There seem to be lots of such videos. I found one on the forum in Rome. And another on the town of Sorrento. I’m sure there are many more.

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10 Responses to Portofino

  1. Chris Sorochin says:

    There are pubs where one can smoke indoors in Italy, at least one, the Rose and Crown in Rimini. (ironically, they’re often “British” or “Irish” pubs).

  2. Stephne Helfer says:

    I’m hoping that the anti smoking trend, like most trends, will reach it’s zenith and fall and the world, at least in regards to tobacco, will be free again.

    • Александра Собина says:

      From your mouth to Gods ears! Amen

    • Joe L. says:

      Oh, it will happen. It is not a matter of “if,” but rather “when.” Everything is cyclical; what goes up must come down. But I desperately want it to happen in my lifetime. I want to feel like a free adult again. I’m beyond tired of being bullied and nannied.

  3. EG says:

    I wanted to go to southern Italy last year. Asked for time off in fall. Never happened. I mean I never went to Italy but mostly because I would have had to meet an american person there and it was not possible.
    But I watched so many videos about Italy. But I only like the ones that show real life, caffees, streets, markets. When I go somewhere I also just go around and visit almost no so called famous places.

  4. Lepercolonist says:

    Portofino is so romantic and beautiful. I first took notice of Portofino during Andrea Bocelli’s concert on PBS TV. It was recorded in the early evening with colorful lights illuminating the harbor.
    Breathtaking. Thanks for the link, Frank.

  5. RdM says:

    Thanks for the reminder and link towards slow visits, Frank, that’s really quite delightful.
    I’m about 1/3 of the way through now, had to pause. Just so lovely, a virtual tour.
    Also I had to look up Portofino on Google Maps. Looks delightful.
    And him on


    Reminds me also of real rail slow train journeys captured, & a camera to earth, but I like the village.

    The Americas Cup village late here, celebrations on St. Patricks Day in Auckland, as NZ wins it.
    Skip forward through to the delayed race start, see all the free no mask or social distancing crowds or folks on spectator boats, and the after celebrations, stone age tribal rituals acceptance and …

    Enjoy our virtual summer today too. And the beauty of Auckland’s harbour and islands around it..

    Skip forward to the actual start of the race, and hang in for the celebrations if you like.

    All around the world.

    • Joe L. says:

      I see “Video unavailable. The uploader has not made this video available in your country.”

      I guess the uploader is afraid of Americans falling in love with NZ, moving there and turning it into a “woke,” authoritarian hellhole. At this point, I can’t say I blame them.

      • RdM says:

        Joe, thanks for looking – I’m not sure why that happened, it was supposedly from the americascup channel on youtube, I just linked to the last winning race and celebrations.
        Maybe if I’d given the americascup youtube channel you could have picked yourself.

        An interesting fault, and thanks for reporting it! ;=})

        Most of the races I watched directly from the website, but they were framed, so for a full screen view in the later ones I went to their youtube channel (linked in the site under “How to watch” somewhere scrolling down.) But it should work OK directly from it.

        So go check out the official site,
        and you can replay any of the races.

        Drill down into say the Americas Cup section, choose any race, maybe the last 3.
        NZ & Italy were 3-3 and then NZ drew ahead, the race rules are that first to 7 wins.

        Explanation: The preceding Prada Cup was to determine the best among the challengers, US, UK, Italy. Italy won those, and went on to challenge NZ for the Americas Cup.
        It’s being sailed here in Auckland because NZ won it previously, gets to defend it.

        Two approx 1/2 hour races per afternoon, a half hour between, unless racing is called off (as it was on one day because the winds were too light).

        Maybe start with Day 5, when they were 3-3. Go on from there.

        You’ll see also, apart from the amazing technology that has these boats flying, skating across the course on foils, reaching up to nearly motorway speeds, over 40 knots, which is 46.1 mph or 74.1 kph – 43.5 knots is 80.562 kilometers per hour, or 50.05891 miles per hour – great views of the inner and outer Auckland harbour in summer, crowds of non-covid people gathered watching either on big outdoor screens or directly from the landscape around, plus celebrating and having a great time on boats in the spectator fleet surrounding the course (~1600 boats for the last race) from both helicopters and chase boats, with great telephoto lenses. Quite the spectacle, wrapped up in a package.

        And also the great virtual eye graphics overlays, with all of the statistics, telemetry from the boats and even the individual sailors, showing the layout of the course, boat speeds, etc.

        75 ft long carbon fiber boats, at those speeds. I wish I’d seen them live, but TV great.

        Everything above deck, sail trim & etc. is powered by humans (the grinders).
        Everything below – the 1 1/4 ton steel arms lifting the carbon fiber foils with flaps like aircraft wings, is powered by hydraulics and batteries.

        Anyway, I hope you and anyone else who happens to view it might enjoy it.

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