I"m finally back in the states after a 24 hour day of flying. It was a short two weeks in Italy, but I have to admit, it's nice to see the wide open spaces of America and to sleep in my own bed. By the way, Italians love America, because, as they said "Everything's so big there! The stores! The roads! The buildings!" All the locals we talked to had been to the states at least once. Where do they go when they come to the U.S? New York, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, Las Vegas.
I wanted to end this blog with several pictures of the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri, both of which are resort areas and a wonderful way to spend the last 4 days of our trip. We stayed in Sorrento, which is right on the coast, across from Naples, (Napoli) Italy. Sorrento is a charming little village but very touristy since the Amalfi Coast is one of the top ten vacation destinations for both Italians and the people of western Europe. However, we could see why. Sorrento is one of the only coastal towns that's relatively flat, which makes walking much easier! Plus, the vistas of the bay are stunning!
|Sorrento is on top of the bluff. The buildings on the water are part of the marina.|
|Each chair and umbrella cost 13 euros per person or $17 to rent, even those umbrellas you see on the sand. We didn't get a picture of the public beach because some of the swimwear was not especially appropriate. :)|
|To get in the water, mostly people jumped off the rocks.|
While we were staying in Sorrento, we took a ferry across the bay to the Isle of Capri. If you are wondering like I was... Yes! This IS the island that capri pants were named after. Evidently, the shortened style was all the rage on the island in the late 40's and 50's and the style was picked up by a famous clothing designer and made famous by Mary Tyler Moore who starred on the Dick van Dyke show. Historically, Capri has been the vacation spot of Romans for centuries. Only 12 thousand locals live on the island, the rest were tourists like us. We visited both the town of Capri and Anacapri, ("ana" means higher). The island was breathtaking from any vantage point. No wonder so many people go there! We took a heart stopping trip to Anacapri considering the width of the road (one car), and the sheerness of the cliff should we make a wrong turn, but we made it! I heard Chelsea, who was sitting by the window, gasp a few times but the view was incredible!
|This is where we were going, the Isle of Capri!|
|We were pulling into the marina on the island. That's the main town, Capri, in the center. Anacapri is on the bluff behind it. Before the invention of cars, people walked up 735 stairs to get to Anacapri!|
|It was a 13 minute chairlift ride to get to the very top of the bluff. Chelsea is on her way down. The single chairs made the ride very serene.|
|The charming town of Capri|
|One of the many grottos around the island. The most famous is the Grotto Azzure or Blue Grotto. Look how iridescent the water is. On a side note, I learned that a grotto is the italian word for any natural or manmade cave used by humans.|
|One of the many luxury yachts moored in the bay. This one is owned by the owner of Victoria's Secret and the Limited Clothing Stores. It's called Limitless and is the 14th largest yacht in the world.|
Once more, I'd to thank both Tom McGlothlin and the anonymous person who recommended me for this award. This experience has certainly opened my eyes and made me a richer person. I've gained a wealth of information and I understand so much more about people, both past and present. In the spirit of this award, I hope I've brought some of that understanding back to those of you who read my blog. Arrivederci, friends! Hmm, now where can I get some decent pizza.....?