Until now. So, for these next few days I will blog about our wonderful trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast (the sights, the food, the adventures) in the hopes that memories will surface and excitement will build for our next trip …
Day 5 ... An Active Volcano and a Hotel in Sorrento
The bus took us through Naples where we got our first glimpse of Mt. Vesuvius, the Bay of Naples, the cliffs of Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast. Everything was breathtaking.
Driving by Naples
Our tour guide, Jane
on the bus
the ruins of Pompeii
that "mountain" in the background? Mt. Vesuvius
After the tour we drove to Sorrento where we checked into our hotel, Grand Hotel La Pace. Once we were assigned our rooms, some took naps while others lounged by the pool, but that evening everyone convened in the upstairs lobby for a welcome cocktail. Dinner that night was at the hotel.
Grand Hotel La Pace, Sorrento
taking in the view
social time before dinner
Day 6 ... Breathtaking Views, a High Seas Adventure, Lunch with a View
Today was all about exploring the quaint towns clinging to the side of the cliffs along the Amalfi Coast. We started out with a bus ride to Positano. For most of the group, this was the formal introduction to the narrow, serpentine road along the Amalfi Coast. People were forewarned: if you are prone to carsickness, sit in the front of the bus; if it makes you queasy to look out the window and see nothing but a steep drop to the ocean, sit on the left side of the bus.
Still, 23 women collectively gasped at the first treacherous, cliff-hanging curve. The Amalfi Coast has 1200 curves ... you do the math. Jane, our tour guide, told us not to worry. "Do what Roberto does and close your eyes," she announced.
FYI, Roberto was our bus driver.
driving along the amalfi coast
afraid of heights? don't sit on the right side of the bus
stopping for photos on a scenic overlook
We arrived in Positano just when a ferocious thunderstorm hit. Undaunted, we donned ponchos and clutched umbrellas and wandered the streets and alleyways. Some explored, some shopped, and some took shelter from the storm in a beautiful café and ordered a cappuccino while watching the storm. (One guess as to what I did.)
modeling the latest fashions in poncho-wear
an outdoor café in the rain
Afterwards, we met at the marina where we boarded a boat in choppy seas for a tour and seaside view of the coastline. Despite the High Seas Adventure, everything was gorgeous. We arrived to the town of Amalfi where we explored, set out a search party for Laura B., and then boarded the bus for Ravello where, amazingly, the weather was now all blue skies and golden sun. In Ravello we had a gorgeous lunch in a restaurant overlooking the sea. We all loved Ravello.
our high seas adventure
ravello, one of our favorite towns
lunch at ristorante garden
best lunch ever
lunch with a view
We returned to our hotel by late afternoon, changed, and spent the evening exploring Sorrento which is the most perfect town for exploring. It's also great for shopping -- leather handbags, wallets, belts, ceramics, jewelry, table linens, and for SOMEONE ... a HUGE rolling suitcase.
It truly was a marvelous, adventurous day. Best of all, despite a bus ride on the winding Amalfi Coast and a motor launch on choppy seas ... no one got car sick, no one was seasick.
hanging out in ravello
Quote of the day: "It's like driving a bus on a sidewalk," said Julie M., commenting on the tiny road on the Amalfi Coast ... a seemingly one lane road that can somehow (amazingly and miraculously) accommodate two buses coming in opposite directions. Just barely. Without an inch to spare.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's last recap -- Day 7 (in which we use every mode of transportation known to man to get to the island of Capri) and Day 8 (in which we say arrivederci).