Love & Laurels

December 9, 2015

When you get your university diploma in Italy, you are laureato  (lau-ray-áh-toe), literally “crowned with laurel.” Some graduates still wear the bay leaf wreath, a tradition dating back to ancient Greece, when poets and scholars were so honored (thus “poet laureate” and Nobel Laureate”).

I found this laurel-bedecked graduate wandering the streets with his Botticelli maiden.

Graduation in Sicily, copyright Jann HuizengaWhen he saw my lens, he pulled her in for a smooch, Latin-lover style.

Laurel Crown in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga Long live laurels. Long live love, lads and lasses. Evviva l’Italia.


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