Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mediterranean

Miramare, Antignano, Livorno
“The Mediterranean is neutral in the Slavonic languages, and in Latin. It’s masculine in Italian. Feminine in French. Sometimes masculine, sometimes feminine in Spanish. It has two masculine names in Arabic. And Greek has many names for it, in different genders.”
“Why is that?” Lalla asked.
“I don’t know. It may have something to do with everyone's own bias. But I think the Mediterranean is like a body inside us. And that what our right hand does, our left hand can’t ignore.”
(Jean-Claude Izzo, The Lost Sailors)
External links: Jean-Claude Izzo (Wikipedia)

13 comments:

William Kendall said...

Such a beautiful shot, VP!

Lowell said...

A super photo. I didn't know that about the Med. Sure wouldn't want to run into this with a boat!

Jack said...

That is a mysterious but lovely thought.

Randy said...

Looks lonely out there.

Luis Gomez said...

Lovely! Thank you VP.

Dina said...

Food for thought and the photo is a feast for the eyes.

cieldequimper said...

Hello cormorant... I find it hard to think of la Méditerranée as masculine!

Birdman said...

But sometimes both my hands ignore me. Even the one holding the drink.

José Mendonça said...

I see a cormorant too! :-) Beautiful shot. Masculine in Portuguese: "O" mar Mediterrânio.

Taken For Granted said...

Such a beautiful day to be out on the water. Makes one want to go sailing. Happy New Year.

Arianna said...

Spettacolare foto! Ciao, Arianna

Lois Evensen said...

Beautiful.

Karl Demetz said...

Masculine or feminine, how can one recognize it? But..., who cares?
I like your photo, VP !