Unwind By The Sea – Naples, Amalfi, Capri

There is nothing more relaxing than a wicked cocktail and a massive sun umbrella plonked in the sand, the most pristine beaches on the planet staring back at you all the while as you sit back and nibble on a juicy green olive that didn’t come out of a jar for a change. After days of running in and out of museums, churches and art galleries on a loop, some beach-time is definitely due. And if you happen to be holidaying in Italy, it would be rather daft to miss the surreal southern coast.

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Wind, Water, Sky – Favorite Things

Before heading to the coast, we made an honorary stop at Naples to visit Pizzeria da Michele, courtesy Eat Pray Love. The menu is pretty straight-forward, you get marinara or margherita. (You would be a colossal idiot if you were there and you didn’t try both.) With the very first bite you begin to understand why Julia Roberts admits to being in a relationship with her pizza, it is cheesy paradise on a plate. Post our pizza rendezvous, we got aboard the Circumvesuvian train which is known to have the most notorious Italians on board. I’ve lost count of the number of times people told us to watch out for our luggage and wallets but lets just say Naples is shady like that.

We were stationed in a wonderful little cottage in Santa Maria del Castello, a laid-back little town, half an hour away from the nearest train stop, Vico Equense. Vico is a wonderful place – the perfect mix of sun, hills and sea. While people prefer to stay in Positano or Capri for over-priced, over-crowded stays, Vico offers you heaven at a reasonable price. Making day trips to the Amalfi towns (Positano, Ravello, Amalfi etc.) and Capri is easy and you can always take the train to cover other circumvesuvian attractions like the ruins at Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Sorrento, Salerno and so on.

Vico also gives you a chance to explore the coast through some of the most beautiful hikes in Italy. A very popular route is The Path Of Gods but since we were short on time, we chose a different hiking trail to Positano, directly from Santa Maria del Castello. Whatever the route, you get to see spectacular aerial views like no other. The vast expanse of azure sea merging with cobalt skies while you’re hanging at the edge of a not-so-safe mountain is a sight quite literally worth dying for.

So we walked all the way to Positano, which is probably the most popular out of all the Amalfi towns. The feeling when you get the first glimpse of sun umbrellas and the beach after a grueling 3 hour trek is beyond expression. And that first dip in the sea after hours of scorching sun – pure bliss.

I bought myself this lovely pink beach dress while I was there. (I refused to roam around in my trekking attire).

We popped a bottle of chardonnay and slurped oysters for the rest of the day. I also got a little funky surprise in my sea food soup – an octopus tentacle which wasn’t as bad as it looked.

Positano was by far my favorite Italian destination. If you’re looking for some chill time by the beach, it’s the perfect place. For the quintessential shopper, they have the most amazing blue willow pottery and china. Clothes-wise, you can buy wonderful linen outfits and if pastels are your thing then may God have mercy on your wallet. Other than that, there’s the usual jewelry, trinkets and souvenirs.

Day three – Capri! Quite frankly, I didn’t quite like Capri because there’s not much you can do while you’re in the centre except gawk at the obnoxious array of designer stores that the tiny island has to offer – name a brand you can’t afford and they have it. Some funny things that I noticed which, in my opinion, are peculiar to Capri – 1)The place smells like lemons thanks to the multitude of lemon-soap shops which in hindsight was not a bad thing; 2)Women don’t like carrying their handbags in Capri and seeing a man carry a red birkin for his wife/girlfriend/sister/whatever is normal 3)’No man is happy’ and ‘all women are thrilled’ to be in Capri.

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What I loved the most was how we got to Capri from where we were at – a walk, a bus, the train followed by a ferry. While you can always take a taxi to the ferry port, we wanted to save on cash for a private tour of the Blue Grotto in Capri. Grotto, meaning cave, is quite naturally a cave and a very blue one at that. As light passes through the water into the cave, red reflections are filtered and only blue light enters, hence the peculiar color of the water. Objects placed in the water of the grotto appear silver. A visit to the Grotto is a must when in Capri. Inside the Grotto, rowers sing you the loveliest Italian songs and these songs echo back to form new songs, all this paired with the florescent blue water and your little self in a tiny boat – it is something very magical! Worth the money, I’d say.

I guess it would be safe to say that this was the best beach vacation I could have hoped for. I’ve saved up all my passes, bus tickets and ferry tickets and I keep looking at them on and off to make myself believe that I was actually there (Also because I’ve been a ticket/bill hoarder since time immemorial.). They are my kind of souvenirs, things that’ll remind me of these splendid days when I’m old and miserable and petty about life  but I’m going to pray it doesn’t come to that. It never will.  

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Amalfi Memorabilia : Yes I’m going to save the soap wrap!
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29 thoughts on “Unwind By The Sea – Naples, Amalfi, Capri

    1. I’m glad you are which is bad on my part, but well. Guilty pleasures! Thank you, I’m not a picture person. We didn’t even take a camera along, just our phones. But I tried real hard to click good ones this time. πŸ™‚

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  1. You look beautiful Darlink! What a wonderful trip to have without losing your luggage hehe. I am so glad you made this happen for yourself because it seemed some time ago it seemed your heart was heavy. Wonderful descriptions and photos. Thank you for sharing this, it made me smile~

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    1. Tammy! How I’ve missed you! I read a couple of your posts about the election and I thought to myself, I should give her some time. Healing is a real slow process and what you need to recover from is a travesty! I’m always around if you want to sob or vent. 😊 About the trip, yes it was wonderful and I’m so thankful that I got some time away from, well, life. Unfortunately, I’ve been blessed with a very sensitive heart and my poor words and verses have to bear the brunt of my sensitivity. But I don’t mind that at all. So glad you liked the pictures, I’m happy to know I made you smile. πŸ™‚

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      1. Ah the election is what it is (and thank you). What I feel worse about is that it took my time and attention away from everything else. I read some of your older posts and wish I would have been there for you right at that time. Writing is very healing, your sensitive heart speaks through it and finds room to breathe. I’ve had two major break up’s before and it is well… poetry speaks it best sometimes. What I have learned is first, no one can tell you how to grieve, it is an intimate process where all the rules go out the window. And no one can tell you for how long, there is no right or wrong way of moving through these things or a specific timeline. I found it to be is a journey of – all in unison, a mix of feelings and thoughts that compete at any given moment. I just now took my ‘Art of Healing’ poem off private just for you. I put many of them on private while trying to edit and publish. If anything, it might make you smile. And hey, I’ll be a safe shoulder here for you, publicly or in private. I really mean it.

        https://tammymezera.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/art-of-healing/

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      2. Well I brood, heavily. And the fact that there is no clear demarcating line between the Past and the Present for me doesn’t help either. But I agree, I’ve found solace through writing. It is the only time and the only way I feel sane. And grieving, well yes, we have our own ways to heal and knowing that it is such a personal journey, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your poem with me. Sharing really is caring I’ve realized and a little help goes a long way. I have no doubts at all, I’m sure I’ll have you around till I’m 80 and in a wheelchair though I do hope I don’t have to live that long. Going to read your words post dinner in 15. Appreciate your loving gesture so much, I can’t that stress enough. πŸ™‚

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      1. I am so intimidated.😰😰😰 ΰ€œΰ€Ύ ΰ€œΰ₯€ ΰ€²ΰ₯‡ ΰ€…ΰ€ͺΰ€¨ΰ₯€ ΰ€΅ΰ€°ΰ₯ΰ€‘ ΰ€ͺΰ₯ΰ€°ΰ₯‡ΰ€Έ ΰ€œΰ€Όΰ€Ώΰ€‚ΰ€¦ΰ€—ΰ₯€ .πŸ‘

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    1. Oh I can only imagine how these places were back then. Now that they’re popular tourist destinations, I feel they must have lost their old world charm. But friendship survives it all, I’m glad I could revive some fond memories. Thank you for stopping by Yagnesh Uncle. Since I haven’t visited your blog in a while, I don’t know if you’ve written about your travels. But if you haven’t, then I pray you please do. I’d love to hear your stories. Take care and sleep well. πŸ™‚

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