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Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano September 16th 2017

A quick decider since it is Saturday to head out on the train to Sorrento and then bus to Positano. A bit quieter with the locals but plenty of tourists. Beautiful ride along the jaw dropping coast line to Positano...we made it Mary! So the bus driver has done it a hundred times and obviously confident...we choose the side of the bus for the view and a view we certainly got....sheer drop down the cliffs to the sea! Shame we couldn't photograph through the window...very windy road. Positano maybe the oldest place on the Amalfi coast with settlements dating back to the Upper Paleolithic Age. The Church housing a Byzantine of origin black madonna. Even though the day was quite warm we didn't swim but we did put our feet in..glad we have come on the ... read more
Arrived Positano
Positano
we take it for granted

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano August 21st 2017

So I may have lied a bit to all of you blog followers. I promised a more in depth post about the rest of our experience in Florence and to get you up to speed on our Positano living. However, there is just too much to go over. So, I made an executive decision to cover the highlights and upload new pictures in this post. You're welcome. One second as I go back to my previous post to see where we left off... got it! So quick recap of Florence is in order. Day 1: arrive, check in, eat and then explore. Ended up at a great bar recommended by Tara (a work friend of Lauren's), who studied abroad there, right across from the Medici Chapel (San Lorenzo area). They start happy hour appetizers around 18:00 ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano August 12th 2017

Today we have planned to take a bus along the Amalfi Drive to Positano. We have heard that the road is steep and windy, and that the bus drivers all drive like maniacs, so Issy doses up on her travel sickness tablets. I wonder if she'll stay awake. She says that she wants to sit near the front of the bus so she can see what's going on, and that this helps her with her motion sickness. I'm not sure how this works. I think I'd rather be up the back where I can't watch the bus driver risking our lives. The bus is packed, and luckily for me there is no seat for me up the front next to Issy, so I do get to sit up near the back. The stories we had heard ... read more
Window, Positano
Door, Positano
Wildlife, Positano

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano May 11th 2017

Geo: 40.6299, 14.4863Our walk today was taking us from Praiano over to Positano via the well known Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods), but clearly the Gods were not concerned with the local traffic. Just as we set out from the hotel we were entertained by the stand off between the local bus, the cars and a number of scooters - all trying to get through a very narrow street and no one prepared to give way to one another. Classic!After the amusing traffic impasse was resolved we moved on and quickly reached the edge of Praiano and began the uphill climb to the abandoned monastery of San Domenico which lies on a high rocky promontory overlooking Vèttica Maggiore and Positano. Slow and steady was the only way to ascend the stepped path and fortunately ... read more
Looking towards Capri
Mountain music
We have to walk up there!

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano January 16th 2016

Oh my! Another breathtaking day; this time in Positano north of Praiano - still on the mid western coast of Italy. This is definately more set up for tourism with boutique clothing shops, souvenirs and fine foods. Again much is closed but we found a lovely restaurant on the beach and treated ourselves to a lovely seafood lunch. Also found the best coffee so far - caffe Americano is the way to go. This town is even more stunning than Praiano. The amazing steps, streets and buildings mounted onto precipitous cliffs is mind boggling. We saw some tools of the building trade today and gained some idea of how these seemingly inaccessible places are constructed. Powered wheel barrows, scaffolds with steps and conveyor belts not to mention cranes - big dollars we suspect. Two more days ... read more
First view positano
Best coffee!
Amazing housing

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano November 24th 2015

Geo: 40.6299, 14.4863A day driving around the Amalfi Coast. It was raining hard all morning, until noon, so we stayed in just reading. When the rain stopped, we hit the road. It was a lovely drive, not too crazy at all. We stopped only at one pull out for the view – there aren't many. We also stopped at a ceramics shop, where we bought a lovely vase for the kitchen. We stopped for lunch and sight-seeing in Ravello. We had lunch at a restaurant recommended by a colleague of Paul's then wandered around the town. Charming! We briefly toured the Villa Rufulo, but the rain started up again, and we had a long drive home. Made it home before dark (but barely). Read and relaxed, then went to nearby pizzeria for dinner.... read more
View back to Positano
View back to Positano
View of Amalfi Coast (driving)

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano November 23rd 2015

Geo: 40.6299, 14.4863Overcast all day, with a few spots of rain.Up earliesh, then checked out and got our car. Drove to Herculaneum and parked in their underground car park. It was cold, rainy, and windy. And we hadn't had brekkies. Still, we enjoyed the city. It was surrounded by modern city, but excavated quite deeply below the modern city. We understand more buildings are still buried under apartment blocks. The first mural we saw was probably the most impressive. Given the weather, we opted not to get an audio-guide, which might have been a mistake, but, on the other hand, we did not really want to linger. We wandered most of the town and viewed many of the open, colonnaded homes. Then we walked the 1km or so to the train station and caught a train ... read more
Herculaneum
Herculaneum
Herculaneum

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano September 1st 2015

One more time a-walkin we will go On Sunday (30 August) we ventured forth for the final walk, this time to Positano. Setting off from Grotta Biscotto we were very quickly in the wilds. This is the actual Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) and it is with good reason that it bears this name. Today we saw vistas that are virtually indescribable. Suffice to say, the sense of being suspended somewhere between heaven and the deep, endless expanse of an ultramarine sea was breathtaking. And terrifying. At times on the path there was very little between us and sheer precipices dropping away to I don't know where, because I did not dare get close enough to the edge to look! We encountered more people today, Most were doing the walk the opposite way to ... read more
This is how high up we were
A cool watery spot
Lizard companions

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano June 29th 2015

A splendid few days relaxing in Positano with my lovely wife, Robyn. We even chartered a rubber zodiac for an afternoon having lunch among the happy fishes.... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano June 17th 2015

Positano! It was super easy to get here from Sorrento (and also to get from Positano to Salerno). So easy in fact that looking back, we probably would have done this as a day trip. This was another disappointing AirBnB experience: the entire apartment that we rented at quite a high rate was actually just two rooms, a balcony a common room and NO KITCHEN. I don't know what Italians do in their homes, but an apartment needs to have a kitchen to be a freaking apartment. Anyhoo, within about 15 minutes of our arrival, there was a HUGE downpour. Luckily, we had ensconced ourselves at a local patisserie place and hunkered down with some sweets, drinks and a rousing game of heads up! Then we got some food stuffs and settled into our place. We ... read more




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