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Museo Arsenale Amalfi

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  • Day42

    Amalfi

    October 10, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    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 I got a giggle from 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.

    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. We found a very cute restaurant tucked away down a small alley for dinner the first night. 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.

    Dessert was from Pasticceria Pansa, a cafe/patisserie that has been serving sweets, cookies, candied fruits and chocolates since 1830. Opened by Andrea Pansa, a master in the art of confectionery, it has been managed by five generations of Pansas. 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.

    With a cooler day on our second day we decided to relax with a drink before lunch and returned to a restaurant below our accommodation. I love the old Italian men trying to entice people into their restaurants, with their sense of humour and the twinkle in their eye. It worked on us and we ended up enjoying not only a drink but a delicious lunch AND a dessert, 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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  • Day42

    D42 Italy - Ischia to the Amalfi coast

    August 15, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    It was a sad day, for this morning we had to wave goodbye to our little apartment and the island, a place that we didn’t feel content in having fully yet explored. We bumped into Bjorn yesterday evening and he insisted that we wake him up so he could say goodbye, even if it was at 7.30am! So at 7.32am we knocked on their door and he quietly popped out and wished us all the best (in nothing but his European trunk underwear).

    We got to the local marina a good 30 minutes before the boat was due to arrive, which meant ample time to find breakfast. Ant ducked into the closest bakery/cafe that looked open and returned with coffee and a bag of goodies. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so entranced by a pastry - but this thing was a culinary masterpiece, a croissant filled with pistachio cream and topped with roasted pistachios. He also got a large sugary doughnut, just in case of dire circumstances. I ate a huge peach - it was beautifully ripe and went everywhere.

    The boat didn’t arrive until a few minutes after it was due (“Italian time” Ant is calling it), but within 90 seconds all 15 of us had been loaded and we were on our way! The boat probably held 150 passengers and we were lucky enough to get on at the second stop so we grabbed a spot up the back on the top level, with plenty of fresh air! After two more stops in Ischia, we set off for Capri, and then onto Amalfi. This was an all day excursion, so people had a choice of their destination - Capri or Amalfi/Positano. It took about 3 hours to get to Amalfi, but this was filled with lots of photographic moments (many of which were done by the boat’s photographer and MAY have included a Captain’s hat), reapplication of sunscreen, snacking and listening to the commentary.

    Once we reached Amalfi we were able to survey just how many thousands of tourists flock here each day - the amount of boats coming and going was insane! And for good reason, as this part of Italy is just stunning - characterised by the bright, clear blue waters and sheer cliffs dotted with tiny little houses and restored monasteries.
    We spent about 2 hours exploring the local area, and pretty quickly Ant surprised me by buying me my first lemon granita! I cannot tell you how grateful our bodies were for that icy, zesty drink that was topped with fresh strawberries. Yum! For lunch, we found a shady stoop and shared a caprese-stuffed panini, an arancini and some other deep fried potato thing. That plus a drink cost less than 10€, which makes it tastes even better.

    We had been given information by the most enthusiastic information guide ever earlier on, and we had our bus tickets for today and for Saturday. We lined up at the local bus stop and just managed to squeeze on to the bus with our bags and even managed a seat. The driver was a bit of a speed demon, which combined with the tiny Italian roads and overhanging rocky walls, wasn’t a wonderful thing. In fact, we’re sure he hit the back of the bus into the rock wall on the way. Half an hour later and he yelled “PRAIANO!” and we jumped off not sure whether he would stop again! Luckily, our hotel was just a 5 minute walk up through the main strip, so we didn’t have to fear dodging traffic for too long. We were checked in by a lovely (and very pregnant) Italian lady who gave us all the information we needed for tomorrow’s hike. We also booked into the hotel’s restaurant for this evening, which she highly recommended we do. We were then shown to our room, which is part of a seperate block a further 100m up the road. The view from our apartment is ultimately what we are paying for (we have a direct view westward across the coastline with Positano sitting on the right), but we are going to be very comfortable and even have our own balcony to hang out on. The hotel pool coats an additional 15€ per person, so I think we’ll give that one a miss.

    As the shops all close for most of the afternoon, we decided to spend a few hours lying in the Amalfi sun and writing another round of postcards. Later on, we strolled to the small grocery store and grabbed snacks and items for a picnic breakfast, as we aim to leave pretty early tomorrow! We then stopped at a local bar on the way home to enjoy Aperitivo - quickly becoming our favourite time of day. Italians love the ritual of pre dinner drinks out at a bar or cafe, which come with free nibbles (usually chips or nuts, and olives)!

    Dinner was an experience - I will just say that in hindsight we should have done our research. It was quite an upmarket restaurant, and when you can only focus on the euro signs in front of you and not the beautiful surroundings then something is amiss. We ate, drank our wine and politely left - poor Ant was still starving so a late night pizza run across the street was non-negotiable.

    A few locals had informed us that today is some religious holiday as well as a public holiday when no one seems to work, so a firework display in Positano was due at 11pm. We stayed up in excitement, but when the clock hit 11.15pm we gave up and went to bed. We left the blinds up a tad so when the show finally started sometime shy of midnight, we were able to enjoy the distant glow...
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  • Day16

    Amalfi

    June 15, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    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)
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