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    • Day 25

      Day 25 - Capri - Best Day Ever

      October 4, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Today was absolutely the best day ever. And Capri is absolutely the best place ever. It is basically a giant island made up of giant cliffs and giant rock formations that stick hundreds of feet out of the Mediterranean Sea, with views of the Bay of Naples, the Sorrento Coast, the Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius, and, at some points, just water as far as the eye can see. About three quarters of the island is beautiful empty cliffs while the other quarter manages to squeeze a couple of small towns - Capri, down on the water, and Anacapri - up in the cliffs.

      We started our day by walking the short but steep walk from our beautiful bed and breakfast down to Anacapri town (with a friendly kitten) to catch the chair lift to the top of Mount Solaro. I am terrified of heights and was terrified to get on this single-person chair lift to the highest point on the island. I didn't do well. I gripped the railing and either stared at the cliff on my left or closed my eyes the entire way...not once looking at the beautiful view of the water and town and cliffs on my right. Once we made it to the top, we got off and walked around and I got to actually take in the beautiful scenery. It was amazing. I am so glad we took this trip in September/October because there were not that many people on the mountain. I imagine in the summer there is barely room to stand, let alone grab a seat overlooking the cliffs. We had a cold beer and relaxed and I built up the strength to take the lift down instead of hiking all the way down. The ride down was beautiful.

      Once we got back down, we had a quick pizza, and took the crazy bus down to the Capri marina for a private boar tour around the island. I'm not sure what to say about this tour except that it was the absolute highlight of the trip. I can't think of much else I've ever done to top it. We spent three hours in a private boat, riding around the entire island of Capri, sipping wine and beer, swimming, and taking in the views. We went into several caves, swam in caves and grottos, and saw the island in the best way imaginable. The white grotto was amazing, with it's natural Madonna statue. The green grotto was beautiful, and Tim was able to scale the rocks inside and dive in. But nothing could ever compare to the blue grotto.

      I had read so much about the blue grotto this past year. I knew it would be amazing. But everything I read said that you paid a small boat a lot of money to take you inside the grotto with a dozen other boats, turn you around, and you're out in 2 minutes. I had also read that, before and after hours (9-5), the boats and the cops leave and sometimes the locals just swim in. I had wanted to do this and had told everyone I would do this for the past year. Well that's how our boat trip ended. He dropped us off near the entrance and told us to have fun. We swam over to the tiny opening (I have no idea how any boat can fit in), we pulled ourselves in on the rope, and we saw the most beautiful thing imaginable. The entire cave is lit up with a glowing bright blue water that I can't even describe. We spent a long time in the cave, swimming and climbing and diving off rocks. It was unreal.

      Then we rode back to the marina, dried off, changed, had a good pasta dinner, and now we're ready for bed. What a day!
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    • Day 6

      Capri (2)

      October 1 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Das Mittagessen im Restaurant "Terrasse" wurde vom RCC spendiert. Trotz des großen Andrangs ging es sehr schnell und war echt lecker. Danach hatten wir etwas Zeit für eigene Erkundungen. Leider war es nicht genug, um mit dem Sessellift zum Monte Solaro zu fahren, was ich sehr gern gemacht hätte. Mit dem Kleinbus ging es dann wieder zurück nach Capri.Read more

    • Day 24–26


      October 5 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      All I can say is our accommodations are great in Anacapri but getting to it is an OMG I am going to die situation. After arriving by ferry you have two choices to make it to Anacapri. One is to walk it or you can take a bus. We chose the latter because we had no idea how long it would take. The bus is just a little bigger than a pickup van. We are so jammed-packed in the bus that it is no wonder why people die in bus accidents or tip them over and crush people. It's all about the money, no care about safety. We proceed up the hill in a winding fashion holding on for our dear life. With every twist and turn or the slam of the breaks I wack Jane with my stiff knapsack, pissing her off as she is already under stress from the ride. Nicole can only look one way and that is the water below the edge of the cliff. We stop for another bus to pass through with motorbikes sneaking in first. The bus scrapes by nicking the review mirror on our bus. We are a bunch of wack jobs getting off. Our accommodations are fabulous and give a tropical feel to our vacation. We go to a restaurant recommended by our host, she states they have very good lemon risotto. Of course, that is what I ordered, and was disappointed. It had very little shrimp in it and I did not taste lemon, but more like Kraft Dinner. We settled fairly early as everyone was tired. The next day was beautiful. Breakfast was self-serve and a big spread. After we headed to the chair lift not far from our place. That was the best 14 euros spent. It was a smooth ride up and the views were okay but coming down was spectacular. We spent about an hour and a half up at the top of the island. We were above the clouds, clouds moved in making the view not clear. Boats were specks in the water. The lift down was a total view of Anacapri and Capri. After Miriam and I walked and shopped. We walked around with Aperol spritz passing the police with no issues at all. I found a vending machine that sold many items including a vibrator. They sell everything here! We stopped for lunch with a bottle of wine and had a flirtatious waiter with a great sense of humor. The two of us stumbled back with me almost peeing my pants at the gate over something so trivial. The rest of the gang went and toured Capri meeting us back at the room for some afternoon wine that was locked in one of the bedrooms. Jane arranged dinner reservations at a swanky hotel. She was stressed about the cost but we have been well below our eating expenses. Drinks at sunset on the terrace and a wonderful gourmet meal with great bread, fish, and petitè for desserts. Our waiter again, was awesome and helpful and funny with some arrogants. We walked back through some dark walkway back to our space. Me I tooted back, trying to be quiet but failing miserably. It was like 25 days of buildup helping me along. Of course, I laughed, and Miriam too. We ended the evening with red wine and 60% chocolate. Yummy!!_Read more

    • Day 24

      Day 24 - Capri!

      October 3, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Wow...Capri is beautiful! We left Naples this morning for the short ferry ride to Capri. Then we hailed a cab from the ferry port and rode in the back of the open convertible up through the mountains and along the windy rode to our Airbnb in the highlands of Anacapri. We decided to stay up here in the quieter Monte Solaro area instead of down in the crazy packed Capri, filled with day trippers. Our Airbnb, which is actually a family owned bed and breakfast, is probably the highest point that we could be staying, with gorgeous views of the cliffs, the Mediterranean Sea, and the island of Ischia. We ordered delivery salad and pasta and set up on the pool deck for a late lunch. Then we walked down the steep hill (about a 5 minute walk down...but about 20 minutes back up) to the Anacapri town. We walked around for a little bit and then returned to the pool deck for the beautiful sunset. We decided not to go back down for dinner, since I am still not feeling great. We are going to have another relaxing night and hopefully I will be feeling better tomorrow to explore the island.Read more

    • Day 24

      Capri Part I

      May 7, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      As we got on the ferry at Amalfi to an island called Capri, it felt like we were going to Rottnest, just off Perth, only our backdrop was the breathtaking Amalfi coastline. Definitely does not look like Fremantle B-shed! To say we were flabbergasted would be quite an understatement. This part of the Italy is unbeatable – the most beautiful part of our Italy trip so far, and that’s a huge call.

      The ferry transits in Positano before crossing the Mediteranean Sea to Capri. Positano looks amazing from the sea. Tomorrow we find out that it is even more incredible up close.

      Our main goal upon arriving on the glorious shores of Capri was to find a ferry to take us to see the Blue Grotto – a cave with waters that glow fluorescent blue due to the light coming in from the entrance to the cave. We somehow chanced upon an English couple who had been pounced on by a local offering a private tour of Capri on his boat. Flora’s ears perked up as she senses a bargain. She approaches the couple with an offer to share the private boat tour with us, Viv and Kez. 25 Euros per person for 6 people on a private boat versus the commercial sardines ferry with 40 people onboard for 18 Euros. It’s a no-brainer. Although, what kind of boat does he actually have?? A sense of dread washed over us. He brought it around and we rejoiced with our great win. The boat is beautiful!

      For two hours, he took us to little caves around the island and also gave us an insight to Capri. This island is a holiday mecca for the rich and famous. Mussolini had a castle perched on top of a tall cliff. Sophia Loren has a private house isolated from everyone else, on top of yet another cliff. The skipper rattled off some more names that we ooh-ed and aah-ed at but instantly forgot. He took us to a private bay with only one other small boat where Aaron promptly dived into the crystal waters. No one else was game enough to freeze to death. Aaron thinks it’s the clearest water he has ever seen.

      We had lunch by the marina. We’ve been eating out almost every lunch and dinner since arriving in Italy and it’s not working wonders for our budget. Then again, you don’t go to Italy to miss the amazing food. After lunch, we defied death and took a bus to the famed chair-lifts at Anacapri. All bus drivers in Italy must be rally drivers in their past lives. We were a mere 100mm from dropping off the face of a cliff that this narrow road perched on. Aaron lost the plot. Flora thought she’d have to knock him on the head to calm his nerves.

      We eventually arrived unscathed to the chair-lift station. Single chair-lifts take us on a 15-minute journey to the top of Capri for an incredible 360 degrees panoramic view. Aaron’s vertigo proves to be a problem yet again but he really hasn’t got anywhere else to go (haha!). Flora thoroughly enjoyed the chair-lift ride. This is what it must feel like to fly (very slowly). Life is beautiful. This is a view we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
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    • Day 7

      Day 6 Capri

      June 30, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Ferry from port of Napoli to Capri. Swim in morning. Capri bus to transit steep & narrow roads to last of family haven’t met. Amazing views on way up. Lunch there. Blue grotto was open in arvo - highlight of trip. More swimming & some daredevil rock jumping. Sit at bar overlooking magnificent vista. Heaven. Night walk around Capri. Brilliant dayRead more

    • Day 2

      Ist wohl Funicolare-Tag

      September 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Runter fahre ich mit der Seilbahn/Funicolare, was bei Fastsonnenuntergang eigentlich auch ganz nice ist. Die Herren Seilbahnbediener haben offensichtlich so ein Mitleid mit mir, als sie mich den Berg hochkrebsen sehen, dass sie mir die Fahrt schenken.
      Eigentlich wollte ich auf halber Höhe der Insel, wo die Seilbahn ankommt, noch ein paar schöne Sonnenuntergangsfotos machen. Die Stelle ist aber irgendwie blöd, dann fahre ich Bus und dann ist die Sonne auch schon weg.
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    • Day 11


      August 11, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Morgens um 7 Uhr ging es für uns zur Fähre, die uns nach Capri brachte. In Capri angekommen standen wir vor der Wahl, wie wir die Insel besichtigen wollten: zu Fuß, mit dem Roller, dem Taxi, dem Bus oder dem Hop-on- Hop-off Bus. Da die Straßen in Capri und Anacapri sehr steil, eng und viel befahren sind, entschieden wir und für den Hop-on-Hop-off Bus, da alles andere zu gefährlich gewesen wäre. Wir besuchten den Leuchtturm, fuhren mit einer Ein-Sessel-Bahn auf den Berg Solero, schlenderten durch Anacapri und Capri. Anacapri gefiel uns am besten, da es dort viele kleine verwinkelte Gaßen gab und nicht ganz so überlaufen war wie Capri. Auch die Zitrone, für die Capri bekannt ist, wurde in Form eines Slushys getrunken. Um 17:45 Uhr brachte uns die Fähre wieder zurück nach Sorrent.Read more

    • Day 4

      Lite kultur på Capri

      April 21, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Villa San Michele är numera ett museum som numera drivs och förvaltas av Svenska institutet i Rom.

      Vacker trädgård och fin byggnad som Axel Munthe ägde och bodde i, i början på 1900-talet.

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