If your traveling through Italy, just below Rome is the stunning Amalfi Coast. Its a must see! The beaches, the beauty of the coast and the ‘Mama Mia’ highway with 1643 turns, high up on the cliffs, at the edge of the blue, blue Mediterranean Sea, this is an incredible sight. Even the Italians ‘holiday’ here on this coast! This ocean side facing Greece is a can’t miss in Italy. The Island of Capri its rocky coast and lure of the Sirens. Legend mythology reads that the Sirens were beautiful but dangerous creatures (described as mermaids, half women half fish) that lured the sailors with their beautiful voices to their doom, causing the ships to crash on the reefs near their island.
Odysseus, asked that the crew to plug their ears with wax and ordered them to bind him on the mast of the ship so they could not hear the lure of mermaids call. He also told them that no matter how much he begged, they should not untie him. When they passed near the island, Odysseus begged his shipmates to let him go, but none heard him. Hence the nod towards mermaids in all the towns along this coast.
The towns along the coast hang in suspension from the top of the rocky coastline to the bottom of the bright blue sea. This day we went to Positano a quaint town close to Capri. We arrived by boat, since vehicles cannot reach the bottom of the town near the sea. Our private water tour took us past famous sites, such as where Jackie O. would sunbath at a hidden villa (I happen to idealize Jackie O.). Once we arrived, we walked up the steep hillside to eat a simple lunch at little cafe’ overlooking the town. While we sipped a granita (an icy lemon drink), we enjoyed the view below of beaches dotted with bright orange umbrellas which contrast against the blue sea. Each step of this hillside town was filled with shops and eateries. Small B&B’s and some hotels are woven into this landscape of ancient beauty.
All of the Amalfi coast is alluring and offers so much for your eyes to drink in. The mesmerizing sea and lemon flavors and many old churches and historical sites. As our day in Positano nearly came to close, after we had peered into shops to see the finery and bargain with the shop owners and street vendors, we slowly walked back to our vessel at the bottom of the town. “Adiamo” Alas, after shopping and walking and all day, on our return to our sea tranport, we finally settled on purchasing a picture scene of Positano to remember this journey. “Ciao”
Psalm 95:5 The sea is His, for it was He who made it, And His hands formed the dry land.
It is true what they say about the food in Italy!!! A feast for the eyes and the stomach. Foodie Alert! This was more that just satisfying your tastes buds, it’s a sensual experience. By this I mean, you use many of your senses to enjoy it. The smell, the vision, the taste and the touch.
Our B & B served us a daily breakfast on a tray …more than enough for two.
The shops on the streets had alluring desserts calling my name and gelato was everywhere!
We also found tempting fruits stands in the streets so you can can choose healthy and fresh foods
Rome was overflowing with restaurants and shops of the most delicious foods. As we ate our way through Rome our senses were delighted to be included.
Isaiah 1:19 – If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
Europe is fascinating to me. The people, the culture, and the history all tied into one continent. All my life I wanted to see Italy, and truly experience Rome. Our holiday to Rome from Boston was just an overnight flight. Once we arrived our driver dropped us off at the end of a narrow street and we wheeled our suitcases along the cobblestones street to Townhouse Fontina Di Trevi.
Our accommodations were a fantastic location. A small B & B a few doors down from the famous Fountain in the heart of Rome. An open window overlooked the street to Trevi fountain , a great place for doing the “people watch”. Each morning in our luxurious space we were served a deluxe breakfast wheeled in on a cart to our room. So, while we sipped coffee in bed we listened to the sounds of the city outside the open 2nd floor window balcony.
We heard the clip clop of horses hooves pulling carriages of happy couples and accordion players created the melodic sounds of Italian music. It felt just like a dream!
Our first stop was the Rome Colosseum. We wanted to view this with our eyes to see the magnificence of such an ancient structure. There it was, in its grand state of prominence, still standing in part since 80 A.D. . Of course I used my trusty “selfie stick” to prove my attendance at this incredible piece of history. If you forget to bring one don’t worry the vendors are hawking them are everywhere in the city.
When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, “Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman.” Acts22:26
The Street actors were all over the city entertaining ……
The streets were bustling with people and beautiful window displays…………
There are many many shops to browse and drool over in Italy such as Gucci, Armani- all the famous Italian designers. Italians love beautiful and unique shoes. Women were wearing shoes I could dream of owning. Walking towards the Spanish Steps, the high end stores were calling my name.