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Museo Arsenale Amalfi

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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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  • 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

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