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KING FAROUK’S LAST ABODE Photographed July 9, 2007

King Farouk (1920-1965), the last monarch of Egypt, was deposed in 1952, and exiled on the Island of Capri. Shortly before his death, he agreed to do a magazine interview. “With the number of monarchies around the world in steady decline,” the reporter asked the former king, “…how many kings, do you think, there will be at the end of century?”

King Farouk, without blinking an eye, replied,
— “Five!”
— “Five?” the reporter repeated, the King’s answer. “And what countries will still have kings?”
— “There will be the King of England; the King of Clubs, the King of Hearts, the King of Diamonds,…”

On July 9, the Crystal Serenity anchored off Sorrento, in the magnificent Bay of Naples. There is no dock for large ships, and one has to tender into shore. Visible immediately is the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, perched high on the cliffs in Sorrento. The legendary opera tenor the “Great (Enrico) Carouso" died there in 1921. Sorrento is a favorite jumping off point to visit Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the magical Amalfi Coast. It is also a convenient site to board a jetfoil bound for the Island of Capri, a 25-minute distance. Once there, it takes three separate rides to reach the summit: a cable car, or funicular, to get to the town of Capri; then a bus to reach Anacapri. Finally, one can take a chair lift, to ascend to the highest point on the island — 585 meters (1920 feet) above sea level. The summit offers a breath taking view of the deep blue Adriatic Sea, from the equivalent height of a 190-story building. The famous rocky outcroppings are the "Fraglioni" ( brothers), with one of them forming a natural tunnel for small boats to navigate through.

I would like to dedicate this photo to my Italian friends, friendly and artistic people, whose beautiful country will always rank among the top two or three among my favorites. For its art, it ranks Number One!

Nikon D70, circular polarizing filter, tripod.

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