|Mr. Paul Gervais|
Reggie first learned of Gervais de Bédée when he received an email from its author, introducing himself and inviting Reggie to stop by his blog, as he suspected that he and I might share some common interests after having read through Reggie's own, and self-avowedly amateurish, efforts on this site.
Upon reading several posts on Gervais de Bédée and seeing its luscious photographs, Reggie realized with surprised pleasure that he had actually met Mr. Gervais more than two decades ago when Reggie accompanied a then-mutual friend on a visit to Italy. The trip, which was dedicated to visiting the villas and buildings of Andrea Palladio, included a several-day stay in Tuscany as a guest of the Messers Gervais and Cohen at their house, the Villa Massei. Reggie recalls it as a magical place in a storied setting, inhabited by owners of taste, humor, and refinement.
|The Villa Massei, Lucca, Italy|
Reggie is pleased to have become reacquainted with Mr. Gervais after all these years, and finds the coincidence of how it happened to be, well, remarkable. One of the things that Reggie particularly enjoys about blogging--and did not fully appreciate when he started out doing it--is that it provides one entree to a world of fellow travelers with many shared interests. Reggie considers Mr. Gervais to be such a person and is pleased to recommend him and his blog to you, Dear Reader.
You can find the blog at www.gervaisdebedee.blogspot.com
Photographs courtesy of Paul Gervais