A Kid in a Pastry Shop

A kid in a pastry shop–better than a candy story, I think. A little nostalgia for today: my dad’s birthday–and in anticipation of Father’s Day (US) on Sunday. Here’s my father Peter at 8 years old in Bagheria at my great uncle’s pasticerria Bar Aurora. Written on the back of the photograph, my uncle Stefano…

Conca d’Oro, 1950

I recently read Dacia Maraini’s memoir “Bagheria.” In her book, the well-known Italian writer details returning to Bagheria after World War II. She describes in detail the natural beauty of the Conca d’Oro in the 1940s and 1950s before massive over-development changed the landscape. This photo was taken by my Uncle Stefano in June 1950.