Friday, 16 July 2010

Hot Summer

The thunderstorm the other night temporarily took the edge off the heat, but it was back today with a vengeance; and as I type up this post at 10pm it's still nearly 30 degrees inside, and I've had the windows open all day. The desk fan is on, but where's the air conditioning when you need it?

This man feels the same, doubtless, the mustard-coloured walls of his handsome turn-of-the-century apartment somehow conspiring to make him look even hotter than he no doubt is. It's uncomfortable alright.

At the time of writing, we're in for a short lull in the heatwave, and then from Thursday to Saturday it's going to scream back into the upper thirties. Of course there are hotter places in mainland Europe. I remember ten years ago trying to finish an ice in Rome without it turning into water before it reached its destination, and walking to the Etruscan museum feeling as if hot irons were being applied at every step.

Oh, and while I think of it, a word of advice:  never, ever, drive across Italy in the summer with a cheese in the boot. It's absolutely the worst thing to do. There is no known antidote, and you will never find a buyer for your car even a decade later. Ciao.

6 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Great picture!

Steffe said...

Similar weather situation in Haninge. It was around 27C today. And we are expecting thunderstorms this weekend.

I remember a holiday in Italy where we drove from Pompeji up to San Remo overnight. No cheese in the car, but we nearly collided with a big truck.

Alex Went said...

Hi Steffe - and thanks for your Pompeii story. Possibly it was a cheese truck. It gets everywhere!

Photo Cache said...

its hot here too.

i like this capture. i would love to see the facade of this very yellow attactive building.

Jilly said...

Love this! But then I love people photos and it says it all. Beautiful colours too.

I laughed at the cheese in the car. A ripe camembert would do it!

Alex Went said...

Jilly, thanks for that! It started off in Umbria firm and round, but had liquefied before Ventimiglia. Messy.

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