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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi November 6th 2013

Yay, the onboard weather was wrong - and Pasquale was right! The weather is glorious here. An early start and enjoyed a beautiful breakfast at our amazing accommodation in the hills. Met Joan (73) and Clark (81) from Washington. True travellers. Decided to head off together so our host Pasquale aka George Clooney, guitar and piano player and singer, best driver in all of Italy (and all that other stuff he told us!) drove us into town for our Sita bus ride to the Amalfie Coast. And what a ride! We really loved it (just return journey eur7 each) but the trip wasn't for the light-hearted as you travel fairly close to the edge, almost all the way, not to mention that you actually have to pass other vehicles including buses on the 'lane' roads. Roy ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi October 20th 2013

Sorrento to Amalfi Italy 19 October 2013 After such a lovely day on the Isle of Capri yesterday, surely it couldn’t get better today! We were heading for a drive along the Amalfi Coast. As our camp site at Marina de Cantone which is perched up on top of a cliff on the Amalfi coast about 20 km across the peninsula from Sorrento, we woke to a brilliant blue sky and almost a mill-pond sea. It was spectacular. If this was an indication of what we were to see today, bring it on!! After breakfast and a chat to camping neighbours – a couple from GB and a lady from near Frankfurt – and after Tom washed the windscreen, ready for the photos we were going to take, we left at about 9.00am. It took us ... read more
Amalfi Coast on western side of Italy (8)
Amalfi Coast on western side of Italy (19)
Amalfi Coast on western side of Italy (22)

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi October 5th 2013

The rain that threatened yesterday arrived during the night, and we woke to wet, dreary weather. But given our limited time on the Amalfi Coast, we felt we had to do SOMEthing today, and our room's atmosphere isn't exactly conducive to just "hanging out", so opted for the destination that offered the most possible indoor activities--Amalfi, about 30 minutes away by bus. By the time we'd finished the sumptuous breakfast provided by Luigi--fruit, eggs, tomatoes, prosciutto, cheese, yogurt, toast with homemade spreads--the rain had turned to light sprinkles. We decided to walk over to Praiano, 5 minutes away, check out the town, see the church (of course), then catch a bus to Amalfi. Sounded good at the time. The first part of the plan went smoothly. We got to explore some of the tiny streets of ... read more
Tile Dome, San Giovanni Bautista
Bronze Busts of Sts. Luke and John Incorporated into the Church Doors
Interior Tile Floor.1

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi September 30th 2013

Sometimes you bump into people you know in strange places... So in the spring/early summer in Vancouver we bumped into our friends Marc and Heather (from Victoria) along the seawall. That was totally random and exciting as while chatting we found out that they would be in Italy later in the summer. We half jokingly agreed to keep each other posted on our travels in case we could arrange a meet up at some point. The meet up place turned out to be the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We flew into Naples and hopped a bus to the town where Marc and Heather had been staying for about a week, Maiori. We only got an afternoon, evening, and breakfast with them, but we did a heck of job of making it a fun one (drinks, antipasto ... read more
Gorgeous views
Walking to Minori
A real Turducken?

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi July 23rd 2013

Seriously, I've never seen so many boys with rats tails, what is that? Is it a soccer thing? I don't understand soccer, so if it is a soccer thing then that would make sense. That doesn't explain all the lady mullets and thick black eye liner at 9am in the morning. Are you heading out or just getting home? I guess there are some things ill never get about Italy!! I got the pizza, pasta and gelato, got that in my guts well and good! The currency might be euros, but I'm gaining pounds!! Ahhh, now where did I finish last time...... Amanda and I parted ways with Joanne at the airport. She made the long journey back to Australia and we took a flight to Rome for a quick stop before we were to start ... read more
Isle of Capri
Isle of Capri
Amalfi coast

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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi October 6th 2012

Only the Italians would do it but at what point in history did some toga clad Roman sail past this coast and think, "MMMM, that cliff looks vertical enough, perhaps we should build a town on the front of it". Voila Positano. The concept became infectious enough to cause a plague and scattered along the Amalfi coast is a clutch of similar communities painted against these dramatic cliff faces. It's as if they were planted in the earth centuries back and simply grew out, hanging on solely through rigid self belief and some divine intervention. Having said that, due to a combination of factors, our first impressions left us just a tad underwhelmed. First up was a long day of travel negotiating a transport system with the hiccups from rolling national strikes. Then on arrival, an ... read more
Deck chairs lined up for the day
Positano
Il Fornillo Beach

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi August 13th 2012

France to Italy, Bonjour to Bonjourno, Merci to Grazie, I have now started part 2 of my adventure, and for all the crazy non cycling folk, you will be glad to know there is not a mention of a bike in this entry. To set the scene a little for you, on my arrival in Italy it was 35 degrees at 3pm and that has been average so far, some days getting up to 40. It's been hot, but it's so much better than the cold!!!!! Day 29 & 30 (28/07 - 29/07) my first stop in Italy was Milan and I have to say it wasn't quite what I expected, but in a good way. Knowing that Milan was considered one of the fashion capitals of the world I had expected it to be a ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi August 1st 2012

We started out at 7:45 a.m. and it was already about 25 degrees...we walked striaght up for 2 hours and 27 minutes. We stopped once for a bathroom break. The views and the challenge became progressively more amazing with each elevation climb. At the top we were over 1000 m above sea level and at the highest walkable point on the Amalfi Coast. IT was breathtakingly beautiful...at our feet the blue-green Mediterranean Sea to our right and below us Positano, and further along the Isle of Capri to our left we could see the coastline near Salerno and all around and below us small villages and other mountain peaks. It was an incredibly demanding hike and I am so proud that John and I did it together and so well! Only 1 other person in our ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi May 7th 2012

Ciao from Capri, Sorrento, Positano and Pompeii Italy! WHEW! What an amazingly beautiful and serene weekend I had with the Bus2Alps crew heading down the Amalfi Coast. After flying into Rome, taking a bus into the city just to have dinner (crazy right?) we were ready for the 3 hour ride to our hostel, Hotel 7. This hotel was absolutely beautiful with pebble stoned flooring in the main room with convertible open rooftop, both base floor and rooftop bars and comortable 8 person rooms it was definitely the best place I've stayed at so far! Each room had a cute name that started with the same letter, changing depending on what floor you were on but of course we were the "Sweet" room! The first day started off pretty early and after a bit of a ... read more
Grotto
Grotto
Boat Ride

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi April 2nd 2012

Today was rest day and there is no better place to rest than in beautiful Amalfi. After a quick trip to the "supermarket" to grab breakfast and some panini for lunch, we took a stroll down to the pier and the beach. The beach is black sand and pebbles and the water is very clear. There were lots of tourists taking in the sun and it was amusing to watch the Europeans sunbaking on concrete and rocks around the pier. Nick and Emily were deserate to post their postcards so we grabbed some stamps and headed back to our apartment for lunch. Susy and Lino were there to greet us, always happy and smiling (and smoking) and why not? What an amazing place to live. All Damian could say was "e una bella giornata!" His Italian ... read more
Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio
Panorama from Pier at Porto Nuovo
How could you not get lucky here??




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