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  • Day42

    Amalfi Coast

    October 14, 2016 in Italy

    After spending most of our trip in major cities, it was nice to enjoy a slower paced more scenic stay on the Italian coast. We stayed in an apartment with a beautiful rooftop view where we enjoyed drinking wine and planning the rest of our trip.

    We took a 2 hour public bus along the Amalfi Coast and enjoyed visiting a beautiful quaint town called Ravello and the town of Amalfi as well. We were lucky to get a seat both ways as the buses were packed and some people had to stand for the whole ride! The bus ride along the edge of the cliffs was more exciting than most roller coasters - we were thoroughly impressed by the bus drivers' skills of navigating the roads that sometimes turn into one ways.

    Lastly we enjoyed some limoncello a liqueur drink made in this region from organic lemons! 🍋🍋🍋🍋
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  • Day42

    Amalfi

    October 10 in Italy

    Our destination for today was Amalfi and the easiest way to get here was by ferry. Such a pleasant way to travel and with a fabulous view of the coast line to admire on the way.

    We were sad to be leaving Sorrento as we really enjoyed our time there and were hoping Amalfi would be just as good... and it was but in a totally different way. Sorrento has a bit of sophistication about it (I think that’s the best way to describe it). It is very ordered and dressed to impress, which it does. Amalfi is a maze of alleyways to explore off the main street and down the alleyways are cool shops, different to what we have seen elsewhere, and excellent restaurants to enjoy. It has a real old Italian charm about it and the alleys have been decorated with planters, artwork etc so it’s as pretty as picture.

    I do have to admit though that Amalfi does have a couple of strange water features. One is the fountain in the main square which was currently under restoration. I’m not sure what the sculptor was thinking when he positioned the water spouts. Very interesting choice.

    The other is a fountain that was La Fontana de Cape ‘e Ciucci. The fountain was built of stone and the two faces of marble in the 18th century. The name derives from the old custom of when donkeys came down from the village of Pogerola and were led there to drink. For some reason in 1974 people started placing small figurines on the rocks of the fountain with the purpose of creating a nativity scene. Over the years many of the figurines have been submerged and for some reason this fountain has become a tourist attraction. To say it isn’t attractive would be an understatement as I don’t think there is anything pretty about this fountain.
    We had a couple of days to enjoy here and as it isn’t a big town we relaxed, enjoyed browsing the shops and did lots of eating and drinking.

    On the first day we found a very cute restaurant by mistake down a small alley. It had so much charm and what we thought was just a small alleyway restaurant was in fact quite a huge establishment that had been running for 35 years. We were lucky enough to sit in the small courtyard surrounded by old buildings. Very authentic.

    After dinner we thought we had better buy a dessert from Pasticceria Pansa, which has been serving sweets since 1830.

    Opened by Andrea Pansa, a master in the art of confectionery, and managed by five generations of Pansas, the café/pastry shop has been selling its sweets, cookies, candied fruit and chocolates. Part of the enjoyment was unwrapping the beautifully wrapped package they give you when your order to go. It was like Christmas. And the “gift” inside was delicious. We could see (taste) why the shop was so successful.

    The weather wasn’t the best on our second day so after a visit to the Cathedral we decided to relax with drink before lunch and returned to a restaurant in the quieter square beneath our accommodation. I love the old Italian men trying to entice people into their restaurants. They have a sense of humour and a twinkle in their eye. It worked on us and we ended up enjoying not only a drink but a delicious lunch AND a dessert (Brad only, I was good/full), and a lot of banter. A fun way to spend the afternoon and when the owner started introducing us as his brother and sister, we asked for a family discount.

    Amalfi definitely impressed us and we have loved this part of the Italian coast.
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  • Day43

    With it being a cloudier day today we decided to scrap our plans of spending the day on the beach and instead we visited the Duomo di Amalfi; Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea, the Amalfi Cathedral. What a pleasant surprise this Cathedral was. Very pretty but not overdone on the outside and also unique to the others we have seen.

    Built between the 9th and 10th centuries on the ruins of a previous temple, it is now a conglomeration of two churches and a bell tower that have been modified and added to over several centuries. It houses a museum and the Cathedral and is definitely worth a visit.

    Someone asked if we were over seeing churches and old buildings but every one we have visited has had its own unique features that amaze us every time. And this one was no different.

    The lush garden of the Cloisters of Paradise was a pleasant surprise, surrounded by the white, almost Moroccan style arches, it made a pretty picture. And if you stood in just the right place you could capture a photo of the adjoining bell tower through an arched window.

    As with many other cathedrals a lot of the artwork that remain are not full pieces and we just get a glimpse of what it would have once looked like. This was the case for the upper floor of the museum but the crypt was another story.

    Completed in 1208, it holds the relics of the apostle, St Andrew, to whom the church is dedicated. The crypt has been very well preserved. With its stunningly decorated arches, beautiful chandeliers and amazing statues and alters, it was breathtaking!!

    The cathedral itself was also beautiful with arches of white contrasting against the highly decorated pulpit and naves. And of course there was the odd skull on display.

    This was worth the €3 admission (we overheard some people complaining about having to pay) and a great place to visit.
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  • Day50

    The town of Amalfi

    May 14, 2017 in Italy

    After a crazy busy ride from Positano, where a bus only slightly narrower than the cliffside road negotiated hairpin turns while meeting other cars and buses, I arrived in Amalfi. This cute town felt larger than Positano with more open space and the bus arrived right in the rather lovely port. There were lots of people and it was up around 25° so I headed for the town to explore and to have a look at the intriguing church I could see.

    It was a very old Cathedral with an interesting museum attached to it. For a mere 3€ you could enter and look around. Many of the pictures and statue dated back to the 14th Century and as always I found it fascinating. The cool shade was welcome too!

    I headed up the hill to the next bay and took some pictures and explored the area. It is all rather picture postcard beautiful. I sat for a while at a beachside cafe nursing a small beer for a while and enjoyed some people watching.

    I went early for the bus back to Sorrento as I had been warned they fill up late in the day. Queuing in the hot sun, the small Kathmandu umbrella I carry everywhere came in handy as a sunshade and I received a few envious looks! The bus ride back was just as crazy but I met a lovely young Australian midwife and we chatted most of the way back. I am getting to meet so many nice people in my travels!
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  • Day10

    The Amalfi Coast

    April 23 in Italy

    We docked in Naples, a large city which has the towering Mt Vesuvius as its backdrop. Many people choose to go to Pompeii as their chosen tour but as we have already seen it, we opted for a small bus tour to the Amalfi Coast. I say tour rather lightly... it was more we had a driver take us to the Amalfi Coast. The extent of the conversation or information from the guide was " Look over there, the large white house on the point belongs to Sophia Loren" and "This is the factory where they make Limoncello" (Ok, so I didnt really mind this stop because we tasted a few samples of this rather strong spirit)

    Lunch was a bit ordinary too, but I guess the main drawcard of visiting the Amalfi Coast is the spectacular views and the photos really don't do it justice. Unfortunately there was a haze in the air so we didn't see it at is best but it was still very nice. The beauty of the small group is we could drive to these areas, a tourist bus simply would not be able to manoeuvre the narrow, winding roads.

    Brad was also able to replace his shoes that died during our walk around Rome, so that was good.
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  • Day26

    Driving along Amalfi Coast

    May 9, 2016 in Italy

    We thought it's appropriate to have a post dedicated to the perils of driving along the Amalfi Coast. As mentioned in previous posts, the roads are so narrow but these Italian drivers are either all extremely gifted drivers or just have no fear of death.

    We (more specifically Aaron as Flora was more often than not asleep) could only capture a handful of close shaves on camera. Due to the narrow roads, tour buses go wide when taking a bend or a turn. The bus drivers of course can't see if there are any oncoming vehicles, but why worry! It'll work out in the end.... *insert lots of cursing and swearing here*Read more

  • Day16

    Amalfi

    June 15 in Italy

    Nach dieser aufregenden Bustour mit viel Gehupe und noch mehr Kurven, wurden wir in Amalfi am Hafen in die Menschenmenge rausgekippt sozusagen.

    Das Erste, was wir gemacht haben, ist, uns ein ruhiges Plätzchen zu finden.
    Das ist in Vendig ja schon so hervorragend geglückt und auch in Amalfi hat mich der innere Kompass wieder hervorragend geleitet.
    In dem ganzen Getümmel und den Geschäften und Restaurants (hier wird man immer von der Seite angequatscht. Man soll wahlweise was kaufen oder essen!), haben wir eine romantische Ruheoase gefunden.
    Die Athmosphäre des Ortes atmete förmlich Geschichte. Viele Menschen, die Jahrhunderte in den engen Gassen treppauf und treppab ihrem Tagwerk folgten.
    Das Essen war hervorragend, die Toiletten mal sauber und optisch sogar recht ansprechend -der Laden hätte gut nach Hamburg gepasst, richtig schick, dabei aber urig!; und der Kellner sprach sogar Englisch, so dass wir uns unterhalten konnten.

    Ich fragte ihn, ob es in dem Ort überhaupt noch Einheimische gibt. Er antworte: Ja, durchaus. Aber nicht mehr viele. Die meisten können die Mietpreise nicht mehr zahlen.
    Wohnraum wird lieber touristisch genutzt. -Das selbe Problem also wie beispielsweise in Venedig oder auch auf Sylt.

    Unseren Hund mochte der Kellner sehr. Und hat sie abgefüllt. Auch wenn er dann doch kein 'Bistecca' brachte.

    Als wir dann aufbrachen, zog sie so merkwürdig stark an der Leine und uns somit durch die Gassen Amalfis. Wobei man von Gassen nicht sprechen kann. Ausser der Haupteinfallstrasse, die vollgestopft mit Geschäften ist, gibt es fast nur TREPPEN. Und diese jagte der frisch am Bein operierte Hund nun hoch.

    Wir verstanden es erst nicht, aber dann gab es im Laufen hier und da eine Pfütze, was ich von Cleo bis dato nicht kannte.
    Siehe da, die Kleine musste mal piseln. Fand aber kein Grün. Im ganzen Ort nicht. Auf Beton kann sie nich. Will sie nich.

    Also ging die Hatz weiter treppauf. Und eh wir uns versahen, waren wir am Fusse des Klosters, welches wir von unten noch bestaunt hatten.
    "Mann ist das hoch! Aber sicher ne gute Aussicht!"

    Dank Cleo hatten wir sie dann auch 😆😆😆
    Und sie hat vorm Kloster Blumen gegossen.
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  • Day5

    Driving the Amalfi Coast

    August 30, 2017 in Italy

    Unbelievable ride. Dad drove damn well on some of the narrowest streets ever, there was a massive and hilarious jam in which a giant bus was making people back up this windy, narrow, cliffside road to get by. I wish I could have stayed longer, but now I know one of the places I have to return to in Italy.

    None of these pictures do it justice, but hopefully some of them come close. Be sure to zoom in on my panoramic shot. It's my favorite. (Although I now know this app won't upload the fully HD version of the photo.. oh well)Read more

  • Day4

    Day 3 - The Amalfi Coast

    August 13 in Italy

    Day 3 - The Amalfi Coast

    ‍Today we left the hotel at 7:30 am.  We drove along the Amalfi Coast. We made a stop to visit a church along the way. After the tour, we all went to a gelato store.  I got Pistacheo gelato and John got lemon cream gelato.  Then we drove on to Ravello. We had lunch in a small restaurant near the center of the town. The food was good, but there were problem for the owner and staff getting the special meals for those of us with allergies.   The meal was 3 courses - pasta with meat sauce & pasta with red sauce; chicken caccatore with green beans and potatoes; lemon sorbet in a lemon shell.  It was a lot of food for a lunch.

    After lunch we took a tour of an area where a stage overhangs a mountainside.  Then we climbed a 200 stair tower that overlooked the valley below.  After that we headed to the meeting spot and did a bit of window shopping.  There was a shop there called Wine and Drugs that we couldn't resist looking in.  The store also sold signs/plaques.  My favorite was "Alcohol won't solve all your problems, but neither will milk or water."

    We didn't get back to the hotel until after 6:30 pm.  We showered and John look for a pizzaria.  We found one a short walk from the hotel. The pizza was good and we finished with gelato.  The restaurant provided a free shot of Lemoncello for each of us.  I gave mine to John.
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  • Day7

    Chiostro de Paradiso

    October 8, 2016 in Italy

    Natürlich zieht es uns als erstes hinein in den Dom, den wir durch den Kreuzgang betreten. Schon dieser Teil ist absolut sehenswert und bietet gut erhaltene Fresken. Die ursprüngliche Basilika aus dem 10. Jahrhundert dient heute als Museum. In der Krypta liegen die Gebeine des Apostels Andreas, der hier als Schutzpatron Amalfis natürlich ganz besonders verehrt wird.

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