Tuesday 18 October 2011


Nepenthe is from the Greek. It is a medicine for sorrow, an anti-depressant and a drug of forgetfulness, that is mentioned in ancient Greek literature and Greek mythology. A number of poets and writers have used Nepenthe as a way of describing an elixir e.g. Percy Bysshe Shelley's The Triumph of Life:
In her right hand she bore a crystal glass
Mantling with bright Nepenthe. 

Nepenthe is also an excellent restaurant in Big Sur, California. It has unbelievable  views of the rugged Pacific coastline and makes great food. The building that houses the restaurant was once the private home of Orson Welles and his then wife Rita Hayworth.

I heartily recommend it.