“I shipped myself on board a small trading vessel bound from Constantinople, by classic seas where every wave throbs with a deathless memory, to the Grecian Islands and the Levant. Those were golden days and balmy nights! In and out of harbour all the time – old friends everywhere – sleeping in some cool temple during the heat of the day – feasting and song after sundown, under great stars set in a velvet sky! Thence we turned and coasted up the Adriatic, its shores swimming in an atmosphere of amber, rose and aquamarine; we lay in wide land-locked harbours, we roamed through ancient and noble cities, until at last one morning, as the sun rose royally behind us, we rode into Venice down a path of gold… where, when weary of wandering, one can sit at the edge of the Grand Canal at night, feasting with his friends, when the air is full of music and the sky full of stars, and the lights flash and shimmer on the polished steel prows of the swaying gondolas, packed so that you could walk across the canal on them from side to side! And then the food…”
-Kenneth Graeme, The Wind in the Willows
One of the [many] reasons that the fantastico, bittersweet Two For The Road makes me weep is the way the decades-long love story between Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney centres around their travels together over the years. The film cuts back and forth in time between the different journeys they've taken, but my favourite is their first meeting as two backpackers who reluctantly end up stuck with each other...
[Haha - sunburn!]
Joanna: You'll be building skyscrapers miles high... you'll never be able to get down in time.
Mark: I'll always think of this place as ours... What the hell's the matter with you?
Joanna: [Getting up] If you think I'll wait for years, and then turn up and say, "What ho!"
Mark: Nobody wants you to say "What ho!"
Joanna: Or say "darling..."
Mark: Or darling or anything else!
Joanna: I never want to see you again.
Mark: Then don't.
Joanna: [Running away up the hill] I hate you!
Mark: [Running after her, shouting] Joanna, listen. We went into this with our eyes open. Nobody deceived anyone else. So stop playing the ruined virgin! It's a tune I've heard before and I didn't like it then. Anyway, you're the one who's insisting on going back... to your damned choir!
Joanna, I don't want you to go!
Joanna: You do. You just want me to become a beautiful memory. The sooner the better.
Mark: Who said anything about beautiful? Will you come here!
Joanna: I never want to see you again!
Mark: Not much...
As long as I live!
I've decided we should get married.
What do you say?
I won't ever let you down.
Mark: I will you.
Joanna: I don't care what you do, just as long as I've got you. You won't be sorry, sir.
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
Someday, girl, I don't know when
We're gonna get to that place where we really want to go
And we'll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us
Baby we were born to run
“And you will come too, for the days pass and never return, and the South still waits for you. Take the Adventure!”
-The Wind in the Willows
PS. Outfit Of The Day
For meeting my 'college children' in the bar, and attending Lush parties with free pink wine and cupcakes!
I'm afraid to say it was all a bit high street:-
Topshop denim dress [with pockets!]
New Look peeptoes
Love, train tickets and Greg Peck xxx