National Geographic : 1935 Jan
LIFE'S PATTERN ON THE ITALIAN RIVIERA and learned of the way two old people settled the problem of exist ence. He was from Ba varia, an inventor; she was French bourgeoise. The fight for a living grew too tense after the World War. They gave up urban life, bought this land beside the glen, put up a house, and lived on what they could pro duce. Oh, but his man ners were charming, and oh, but madame's dishes were worthy of a blue ribbon! They served us under the plane tree, whose low branches spread like a green ceiling within reach of an out stretched hand. And there, around the table of shadow and sun, the man and wife of the isolated life grew con fidential, told us their story, and then warmed into something very like friendship. Not time-wasting, that stop of two hours. THROUGH THE TENDA PASS Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams THE GOAT, FEEDING ITSELF, LIGHTENS THE DONKEY'S LOAD This informal pict thrnoih xhir'h inrli In a lonely rocky town (see text, page landscape of the higher mountains the road, like an alpine train, suddenly pops into a tunnel. Such a sur prise was that big round hole with a little round hole at the far end of it, and a sloppy, dripping passage through its long mile. It was the tunnel which pierces the Colle di Tenda. We entered in bleakness; we emerged in green gaiety. We entered from a deserted vista of uninhabitable rock; we emerged upon the central point of a gay and busy Italian village that has probably not changed for hundreds of years. Its church has the tall campanile from which the bell swings out as it rings, as if to observe its effect on a populace which ure in Gorbio is framed in one of numerous arches, lating streets serve the many levels of the old hilltop 92). always shifts about at its clanging. Its streets are narrow and shadowy, with houses of many stories, although there is surely room in all that country for homes nearer the ground. Bright color is everywhere, on the children's cheeks, on the forms of laughing girls, on the lines of drying wash, in the flowered windows. We are in Li mone Piemonte. ROYAL VISIT AT TUNNEL OPENING A tablet on an untidy hotel at the tunnel opening tells that on the grand occasion of the opening of the Tenda Tunnel Their Majesties the King and Queen spent the night in that inn.