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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi August 28th 2020

My last blog entry was in 2015. Needless to say, it is not that I have not travelled over the last six years. Rather, much of life's business consumed the blank white space that is otherwise known as my writing platform. Yes my blog posts are always interspersed with nice photos of the places I've visited, but it is the writing that I come for. And go for. I will work my way backwards through a myriad of travel as I play catchup with my posts. So. Italy. Not just Italy, the Amalfi Coast. Described as "an intriguing mix of sophistication and simplicity". Here there are super yachts, and chauffeur driven cars and five star hotels, set amidst the rural simplicity of precariously stacked villages, farmland, vineyards, cheese makers, churches and small fishing communities. "The link ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi September 13th 2019

Day 8 : Friday 13 September 2019 : Positano and Amalfi We bought a Hop on Hop off bus ticket to take us through to Amalfi and then we would stop off at the other towns on the way back to Sorrento, big day, but can’t wait. On the bus we climbed, standing room only and head off, and we pick up more and more and more people until you can’t move and the bus is over crammed. Add to this the driver is quite erratic and we’re flying down roads, stopping suddenly, and flying around the corner with very very windy roads, everyone in the bus was extremely motion sick. Someone had already thrown up down the back, and at the first stop in Positano, everybody filed off the bus with very green faces. What ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi June 17th 2018

The last two days were really amazing. On Friday we arrived in Amalfi, the very famous coastline where the houses are simply built into the cliff to present a stunning picture of the Italian coastline. We took a ferry from Amalfi to Positano, a little fishing village up the coast one-half hour. There we spent the day looking in shops and having a little wine and pizza. Coming from the panhandle of Florida where the sand is so white, the sand here was strikingly black due to the volcanic soil. On Saturday we docked at the port just outside of Rome. Sophie and I both visited the main sites in Rome, so we chose to take a bus into the city and explore some artwork by the artist Caravaggio, which are located in two churches in ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi October 8th 2017

Good morning, or should i say Bon-journo we got up to see the sun rise this morning, and had scrambled eggs for breakfast with fried bread as there is no toaster Delicio !! today we have a car with driver to take us around the amalfi coast and then to pompei 250 euro for 9 hrs a fair bit of money but its just the 2 of us in the car and we can stop and start wherever we want to. we drove over the hill from Sorrento to the coast on the other side of the peninsula and stopped a few tomes for pictures before getting to Positano a small town on the edge of the cliffs the driver called it a vertical town we walked down heaps of steps (the locals must be fit) ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi September 21st 2017

It took a bit of maths...not so easy after a couple of wines/beer...we needed to be up really early to catch the train to Sorrento before the queues started for the bus to Amalfi... and just as well we did as we certainly left quite a queue behind.. The bus took 2 hours over the peninsula and the views both sides was fantastic...who actually needed to go see Amalfi?? But that was a bonus too.. We wandered through the narrow streets & stalls & hundreds of people. Into the 9th century Duomo (San Andre) which dominated the small fishing town. Down the waterfront to the boats & admired the town from across the bay while we put our feet in the water. A very picturesque day...& the weather was perfect as most of the haze had ... read more
Amalfi under the steep cliffs
Further up the Amalfi coastline
Cattedrale Duomo 9th Century

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi May 20th 2017

Our last day in San Lazzaro and we have planned to travel by bus down to the town of Amalfi. The heart says drive, the head says go by bus. The bus wins out this time. We need to buy our tickets so we head off to the bar. They had some for Amalfi the other day. Sorry you need to get them from the news agent. Not a problem. This time we have tickets for there and back. The bus leaves at 14:20. We leave our options open for the return. Maybe 17:00 or 19:00 depending on what we find to do. We now have a few hours to fill in so time to explore the town of San Lazzaro a bit more. Shops are all open, a man has his garage open will all ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi May 8th 2017

Geo: 40.6344, 14.6026One of the surprising highlights of Amalfi was the Duomo (cathedral). The exterior, with its gold leaf decoration, caught the afternoon sun brilliantly. Inside, the 13th century Paradise Cloister had a Moorish feel with intertwined arches supported by 120 slim columns... very elegant combined with the Mediterranean garden in its centre.I nearly didn't enter the Crypt, as my previous experiences with these have been austere and solemn spaces. This was quite different - this crypt is the real heart of the Amalfi Duomo, highly decorated and revered as it is where the relics of St. Andrew are kept. The marble columns and mosaic floor, the colorful frescoes and the bronze sculptures make for a really beautiful and special place.The Amalfi locals were dressed in their very finest as we walked past the Cathedral on ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi May 7th 2017

Geo: 40.6344, 14.6026First up today was a walk up to the hilltop town of Ravello. But Amalfi, as with all these villages that have houses clinging to steep rock, they are an interesting exercise to navigate through. There are tiny passageways that thread between and under buildings, narrow steps winding around corners and up cliffs.If you take the correct route through this maze of alleyways, you very quickly arrive in Atrani and from then it is up and up the steps to Ravello. It seemed that we would never stop climbing the steps and the walking poles (first time I have used them) did help. Views galore as we ascended and finally got to the top. We visited two well known Ravello gardens. First up was Villa Cimbrone with its quirky statuary and inscriptions, and a ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi April 29th 2017

Capri We boarded the boat at nine and three days later we docked at Capri, or that's what it seemed. We were among the last to board so we sat inside while those who had pushed and shoved sat in the sun. The boat rocked, the people held on, we enjoyed the scenery, the boat rolled, the folk out in the sun on the stern got soaked, we enjoyed the scenery, the boat corkscrewed and people were using the barf bags while we were comfortable with the ride. We took a cab up to Ana Capri where we found nothing but shops. Stopped for a cappuccino to warm up as the wind felt like it came from the North Sea. Not much to see there so we took a cab down to Capri to visit the ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi April 28th 2017

I'm too old for this stuff. Smooth flight on Alitalia with more than a couple screaming children who acted up for hours, literally. The worst airline meal ever served didn't help. Originally had an empty seat next to me but was soon joined by Carol who had issues with her seat mate. We got along well but my fantasy of stretching out disappeared. Some bozo had booked our flight to Naples with an hour in between. We had an escort guide us to the gate which was a good thing because I would never have found it alone. It was over a mile away. Heaving and panting we cleared passport control then boarded a bus that would take us to the plane. Since it was on the tarmac I had to lug my carryon up the ... read more
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