This weekend my roommate and I took a trip to the Amalfi Coast. What a way to spend our last weekend before we leave for our big adventure! We began our trip in Naples where we ventured over to the pizza place where Julia Roberts ate in Eat, Pray, Love. For those of you who don’t know me, that is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. So as I basked in her loveliness, I chowed down on a margherita pizza that was larger than the plate. We had to wait about 1 hour before we actually stepped into the hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but once inside, it was so worth it! After our tummies were full, we made our way back to the train station and headed to Sorrento where we were staying for the weekend. We caught the bus up to our B&B and after quite a long walk up a hill (and a lot of “where the heck are we’s”), we found the B&B and settled in to a bungalow style room with the most gorgeous view! We spent the rest of the day exploring Sorrento and eating a yummy dinner by the water.
On Saturday we awoke to scary skies and decided we should explore the Amalfi Coast rather than head to Capri. We took a very windey bus ride to Positano where we got off a stop too early and basically had to scale a mountain in wedges and a skirt (where was the video camera??). After a long walk down steep hills and stairs, we made it to the town just in time to walk around the stores before it started downpouring. We caught a good view of the white-capped ocean then headed up the hill to catch the bus to Amalfi. By the time we got there, it was pouring even harder so we ran through the town, got a bite to eat then headed back to the bus for a long ride home. For dinner, there was a food festival throughout the town of Sorrento so for just 10 euro we got to try 16 different dishes from the region… How yummy and right up my alley!
Sunday found us completely excited to explore Capri on a day where the sun was out and the water was perfect! We caught the ferry to the port then decided to do a boat tour around the island. We met a lovely girl our age from Vancouver and enjoyed her company as we gawked over the beautiful views of Capri. The grottos, the caves, the rock structures… It was marvelous! Our last stop on our tour was the Blue Grotto and my, was that an experience! We transferred from our bigger boat into a tiny row boat manned by a sexy Italian man. He rowed us to the rock with an opening the size of a small moving box. Next thing we knew, we were laying in the boat as our Italian man pulled us through the hole into the most magnificent cave. Originally an Emperor’s swimming pool, we entered a cave where the blue water was astonishing. Because of the white sand on the bottom and the light from the small hole, the water was the most wonderful blue color (see picture below). After enjoying a serenade of “Volare” by our sexy man, we exited the cave and got back into our boat. It was quite the experience!
The rest of the day, we explored Capri in all of its wealthy wonder. My roommate and I swear we saw a celebrity but we aren’t quite positive. I think just being in that rich atmosphere made us delirious. The island was perfect and the weather was even better. It was the most wonderful way to spend a Sunday! We hopped back on the ferry right before the water started to get choppy and grabbed some gelato for dinner before heading home for the night.
Well, the countdown is on for my departure from Europe! I’ve got 9 days left in Florence and 22 days left in Europe. Although my time here has been lovely, I am ready to get back to America to see my family and friends. I can’t wait to share stories and recipes!
Until next time, I will be studying for finals and awaiting the arrival of my best friend from home next Wednesday!