By then it was time for lunch. We'd been the length of Corso Umberto, end-to-end and back in fact, and seen its mealtime offerings. Instead, we decided to head down to the lower part of the town, closer to the sea, to a quarter named Marina di Vietri. After all, when looking for seafood why not go where the fish are. But first we returned to our car to drop off our purchases. From there it was a downhill walk along Via Osvaldo Costabile to the lower seaside part of the town. I was thankful it was downhill all the way, but all the while I couldn't shake the thought that somehow we had to make the return trip.
awaiting shade of an awning. She went on to explain that they specialized in fish dishes. Bingo, we'd apparently hit the jackpot. As with Vietri sul Mare, I was once again curious about their name. Of course Felix is an old Roman name meaning “Lucky” and the use of Maison may simply have been a step-up in an attempt to avoid using an overused word like Casa. But as I am want to do, I imagined an alternate scenario. I wanted to believe that the name of the place, La Maison Felix, French of course for The House of Felix, possibly had something to do with an overweight cat. I was familiar with Alice’s Cheshire Cat, with its piano-key grin, but here Felix the Cat came to mind, who in my counter-history, took care of any fish leftovers.
we'd instead been so captured by what we'd found, we hesitated to leave. Here were both the treasures and blemishes we’d been searching for in the distilled traditions of Vietri sul Mare's superb ceramic craftsmanship. Lately it seems, I have been writing about the echoes and ripples of past traditions. Steeped in harmony and an alliance with the past, they run strong in Italia and even stronger in little Vietri, for in Vietri sul Mare they have been amplified with an infusion of modern technology. Could Vietri's forefathers have anticipated making their piatti microwave and dishwasher safe? Likewise could they have anticipated the advent of temperature controlled electric fired ovens? Good or bad owls aside, would Botticelli, Caravaggio, or Raphael have considered it witchcraft to have modeled their works not with molds or clay sculptures, but with a 3D graphic program? One foot in the past, the other in tomorrow, Vietri possesses a distinct quality of place worth experiencing, worthy of anyone's bucket list.