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Flynn`s Footsteps – the Gulf of the Sleeping Giant

21 Apr

Dear Flynnstones,

as soon as Errol set foot on italian soil he was treated like royalty. Contrary to Orson Welles whose escape act to Europe did not turn into a love affair with press and producers, Flynn felt right at home. His first film in Italy of course was “Crossed Swords”, filmed at Castello Lancelotti in Lauro roughly an hour`s drive from Naples.

More Commedia dell`Arte spoof than swashbuckler the secretive sequel to “The Adventures of Don Juan”, is mostly famous for the launch of Gina Lollobrigida`s career.

One of Lollo`s ladies in waiting became Welles new wife. O. Welles in turn was considered for the role of Gessler, the heavy (!) in the upcoming William Tell movie.

The Gulf of Naples is rich with historic landmarks and ripe with lemon groves.

The peninsula of Sorrento boasts the most 5 star restaurants per square mile worldwide. No wonder our Hollywood hero decided to prolong his stay to show Jack Warner how (not) to make movies back in 1953.

Errol Flynn resided at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio, which offers a splendid view of the namesake, who the people of Napoli respectfully refer to as “the sleeping giant”.

Over a million people live at the foot of the not yet extinct vulcano. Theirs is a state of mind very comparable to those in SF and LA, living passionately in the moment.

If you like me can`t afford the Grand Hotel, be a baron for a day at the Palazzo del Barone. The owner is a real one of the esteemed line of the Coluccis.

We know from his diary entries, that Errol went to to Pompeii, but the must see along the Amalfitanian Coast are the dome of Amalfi.

And on top of that, literally because it is situated high on the hills of the town of Ravello, the Villa Rufolo.

The Zaca went to Capri at least once, in 1949 when chartered by Rita Hayworth and husband Aly Khan.

There, if you feel like feeling blue, but in a good way, take a rowing boat and enter the “grotta Azzurra”.

It was in the province of Campania, that Flynn tried to resurrect his film career.

He was the toast of even the smallest of towns and never once did feel the night coming on.

Enjoy,

 

 

 

 

 

— shangheinz

 

Tracing Errol‘s Footsteps on Mallorca

23 Mar

Hello dear Flynnthusiasts,

I was fortunate enough to spend a bit over a week on Mallorca this month and, besides admiring the spectacular scenery and fascinating history, visited some of the places connected to our man Flynn.

First and foremost I spent a night at the Hotel Maricel (couldn‘t afford more) where Errol stayed several times. Of course it has been completely refurbished and modernized since then but on the outside it hasn‘t changed much.

Hotel Maricel

Hotel Maricel

Hotel Maricel

Lobby of the Hotel Maricel

Here is a view from the terrace of the Maricel – Es Moli was just behind the ugly condo buildings.

View from the terrace of the Maricel - Es Moli was just behind those ugly buildings

Of course I also looked for the remains of Es Moli. When it was demolished, a part of the tower was salvaged and set up in a small park close to the original location. It is now called Plaza la Gargola – unfortunately there is no sign explaining the origins but it is nice to know that they saved at least a small part of the building.

Plaza la Gargola

Very close by it is possible to access the beach where Es Moli once stood. Now the bay is surrounded by ugly condo buildings but if you compare today‘s view to the old picture you get a good idea of how nice it must have been there back then.

Today

Es Moli

View from the former location of Es Moli

Last but not least I looked for the commemorative plaque set up for Errol and Pat. It wasn‘t easy to find although it is right next to a busy street but in the end I managed. I found it very touching that people there obviously had such good memories of their stay that they set up this plaque.

Plaque

— Claudia

 

Big in Brazil

09 Mar

Queridas pietras do Flynn,

mira aqui El Guapo nuestro en Sudamerica.

Mucho gusto,

— shangheinz

 

Mr Fegerl’s journey to Jamaica

06 Mar

Some time back, when I posted the info about Mr Fegerl’s new book, there was a question as to why the pages below were included. Mr Fegerl gave me the permission to publish these pages on the blog. They relate to a private journey he made in Flynn’s footsteps. Hope you’ll enjoy.

— Inga

 
 

In Errol‘s Footsteps on Mallorca

20 Feb

Hello fellow Flynnthusiasts,

I will be spending a bit over a week on Mallorca in March and would love to check out some places that Errol visited or stayed at. I already booked a room at the Hotel Maricel for one night (that‘s about as much as my budget will allow). Would have loved to stay at the Bon Sol as well but that‘s still closed in March.
Could anybody point out some more places that I should put on my list? I‘m particularly interested in the plaque that commemorates Pat and Errol‘s stay as well as the location of Es Moli – does anybody have directions how to find these locations?
I‘ll be more than happy to share pictures when I‘m back.

Thank you all!

— Claudia

 

Irene and Errol trips

03 Nov

— Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

 
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Flynn`s footsteps- Harry, Peg & Paesano

30 Oct

Dear Flynnmates,

As some of his letters show Errol stayed at the Hotel Bauer when in Venice.

While its name literally means peasant, very few homini agricolae are encountered there, for it is one of the top spots to stay in the City of love.

The cubic building is only a gondola`s drive over the canal away from Peggy Guggenheim`s one story palace with its fine surrealistic art works and garden sculptures, a feast for an art lover like Flynn.

But their liaison dated back even further according to the bio Mistress of Modernism- The life of Peggy Guggenheim.

Harry`s Bar completes the bohemian triangle, of historic places our Hollywood hero visited: www.italianfoodmadesimple.com…

Arrigo (Italian for Harry) Cipriani`s culinary expertise secured him a  franchise outlet atop the Rockefeller Centre called the Rainbow Room. The family`s signature drink is the Bellini, made of white peaches and sparkling wine.

Enciao,

— shangheinz

 

Flyin’ Like Flynns

02 Jun

Three weeks after the world premier of The Adventures of Robin Hood on May 14, 1938, Errol and Lili fly on Western Air Express.

Photo published in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner on June 2, 1938.

— Tim

 

Tributes to the Troops

31 May

Memorial Day, 2021

Because of poor health, Errol’s multiple attempts to serve in uniform were not accepted by the Armed Forces, so he supported America and the Allies in numerous other ways, beginning with his anti-Nazi tour of South America, his numerous appearances for the Red Cross and on war bond tours, and his anti-Axis war films – from Sea Hawk to Objective Burma.

Errol also supported the troops and Allies very significantly as a star on USO tours, including north to Alaska in WWII, and west to Korea during the Korean War.

North to Alaska, 1943

West to Korea, 1953

— Tim

 

An A to Z List of Potential Libations for the 2021 Global Toast to Errol 🍸🍺🍹🍮🥃🍾

29 May

Based on drinks and beverages Errol is known to have drank, believed to have drank, likely drank, rumored to have drank, and has had created and named in tribute to him, here is an A through Z list of possible libations for the June 20, 2021 Global Birthday Toast to Errol<a

Almost 21 days away

First Announcement of the 2021 Global Birthday Toast to Errol

Absinthe – in Europe and New Orleans

Bacardi – in Cuba and elsewhere

Bavarian Beer – in Germany

Bloody Mary – the drink he introduced at the Smokehouse in LA

Bourbon – during Desperate Journey (the movie, not the marriage to Lili)

Brandy and Soda – a favored drink in New Guinea during his days there

British Beers from his days in Britain and at the Cock'n Bull in LA

Bundaberg Beer – in Australia and New Guinea

Bundy (Bundaberg Rum) – in Australia and New Guinea

Captain's Blood – a daiquiri created in tribute to Errol

Cascade Brewery Beer – from Tasmania, per tassiedevil (Steve & Genene)

Champagne – throughout his celebrity years, and a la Olivia's annual birthday toast to Errol

Chianti – drank at various locations and occasions

Coca-Cola

Coffee – throughout adulthood

Courvoisier cognac – during years of celebrity

Cuba Libre – from his first visits to Cuba in the mid-Thirties

Cuba Story – a drink created for Errol by Dennis Mullen

Daiquiri – during his visits to Havana, a la El Floridita

Dry Martini – throughout years of celebrity

Errol Flynn's Pick-Me-Up – a drink named after him

Fine French Wines – brought with him to locations without, per Difford's Guide for Discriminating Drinkers

Gin, bathtub-style – a la Errol at the Roosevelt Hotel

Gin – in many drinks, with mixes from tonic to O.J., sometimes with a splash of Squirt

Guinness Stout – in Britain and Ireland and elsewhere

Hennessy Cognac – a likely Flynn cognac

Herradura – the tequila owned by his friend Bing Crosby

Italian Wines – during his days in Italy and filming of William Tell (with sardines), et al

Irish Beers – from his days in Ireland and Britain

Irish whiskeys

Jack Rose – at the 21 Club (and maybe the Mocombo)

Jamaican Reef – created for Errol Dennis Mullen

Johnnie Walker – per Difford's Guide for Discriminating Drinkers

Kentucky whiskey – straight, in a Mint Julep, or in a Kentucky Coffee

Louis XIII Cognac – a possible Flynn cognac

Maid Marian – created and bottled by Chesterfield Whisky

Mai Tai – see the "Q.B. Cooler" below

Mojito – a la Bodeguita del Medio

Moselle – a la 21 Club

Moscow Mule – a la the Cock 'n Bull in LA

Napolean Cognac – a likely Flynn cognac

Navy Grog – in tribute to Errol's In the Wake of the Bounty

Old Fashioned – a likely cocktail for Errol throughout adulthood

Pi Yi – a la Don the Beachcomber, LA

Q.B. Cooler – predecessor of the Mai Tai, created by tiki-drink pioneer, Donn Beach

Queen Elizabeth

Queen’s Pineapple Punch – a la Don the Beachcomber’s, LA

Remy Martin

Robin Hood cocktail

Rum and Coca-Cola – a la Caribbean, California and Courmayeur, et al

Sangria – a la Errol’s days in Spain

Sangro de Cristo

Sazerac – a la New Orleans

Scotch

Tasmanian Devil

Tea – throughout his life, sometimes with orange blossom honey

Tequilas – during his days in Mexico

The Errol Flynn – created by Errol, resurrected a la Petronella Wyatt

The Martini Special – a la Fabio Delgado Fuentes

The Tasmanian – a la Dennis Mullen

The Vancouver – a la Sylvia Hotel, Vancouver

U.S. Bar Beers – a la Boardner’s in LA and many other locations in. U.S.

Various Vodkas – straight, with tonic, with O.J., inter alia

Vicious Virgin – a la Don the Beachcomber

Veuve Clicquot

Vodka with Red Pepper – a la The Hotel Savoy’s American Bar in London

Water – both sparkling and natural

Whiskey Sour – a likely for Errol throughout adulthood

XXXX Gold beer- from Queensland and Tasmania

York Gin – Old Tom and Outlaw

Zombie – a la Don the Beachcomber

Zubrowka Polish Vodka

— Tim

 
 
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