Il Sole~

Let the sunshine…let the sunshine in~

For the past three weeks I have been in Birmingham, Alabama working a production of The Marriage of Figaro. It has been glorious to sit in a room and listen to beautiful voices sing in Italian.

What has not been glorious is the weather. Just when I thought winter had left the South, it reappeared with an unending series of chilly and rainy days, most often overcast and gray—until today.

Today was a day where the sun was out, the sky was blue, and the weather was warm. It was a day where there was still enough nip in the air to remind you that it is not quite spring and yet if this were to be October that same nip would remind you that summer was on its way out. It was exactly like the day we visited the isle of Capri two years ago with friends.

Capri—which Italians pronounce “CAP-ree” stressing the first syllable—is as beautiful an island as one can imagine. Although packed to the brim with tourists between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., which is when the ferries drop off the first and pick up the last of the visiting throngs, the island is charming enough to overcome this daily invasion. The next time we go I want to stay on Capri and experience the island after the mass exodus at 5:30 p.m.

With the upper Midwest dealing with rising water and winter still having a grip on other parts of the nation, I thought I’d make this a simple post about a beautiful day here in Alabama with photos of a most beautiful day there in Capri.



-The water surrounding Capri is so incredibly clear and blue—looking down from the scenic overlook high above, the boats appear to be floating on liquid glass. Una bellissima vista!   

About the Author

Mark LeslieMark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s "The Today Show" and Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year, and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. He shares his food experiences on his blog at and has taught cooking classes in California, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and across Alabama. While judging for high school culinary events, he was chosen by the US Department of Education to judge for their "National Education Startup Challenge." Mark can be regularly seen cooking on NBC-affiliate, WSFA-TV 12's "Alabama Live! each Friday, bringing easy, locally sourced recipes to central Alabama. His iTunes app “Beyond the Pasta” features helpful videos and more of Nonna’s family-style recipes that she shared with him, plus, upon its release, it was named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple. DaVinci Wines chose Mark as their "2012 Storyteller" in Language Arts—where they sent him to Vinci, Italy, to write about wine, food and life. Mark, his home and book have been featured in such national publications and blogs as House Beautiful, Paula Deen, Food Republic, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Field & Stream, and The Daily Meal. A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 24 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!View all posts by Mark Leslie →

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