When I asked Eric if I could photograph him, he said "sure, everyone wants to photograph my eyes". It's nice to get playful banter like this. So I said that when I told my friends that I was going to Naples, they all said to be sure to get a picture of Eric's eyes. He shrugged and said "yeah, that happens" :-)
Eric is a native of Naples and sells tropical plants. When I told him that I was from Venice (90 miles north), he sat up straight and said that he could take plants to sell that far away. But Venice, I explained, occasionally has a freeze – tropical plants don't do well. His shoulders sagged, and he agreed.
But, great eyes!