|We had dinner reservations tonight at a terrific, star crossed ristorante named Aurora & will have to pack up to depart Capri on full tummies.
My last morning on the island was a bountiful & fun shopping excursion, rather unexpected. I found another Italian scarf, some lemon soap, fresh tomatoes & apricots for our lunch & a lovely semi-precious stone necklace that was locally made. I stumbled into the shop of stone-crafted jewelry, my favorite stuff.
There are so many narrow avenues to walk & I discovered a quaint neighborhood with a fresh fish market & an old school garden center to photograph. The locals must shop somewhere besides the big name designer boutiques! Summer flowers have been planted, the fruit trees are still yielding, the jasmine is in bloom & I watched a gardener from the chairlift harvesting a head of cauliflower, and all his tomato plants are staked. The natives are readying for the big tourist season that officially starts next week.
This afternoon we all went to Anacapri for short shopping, gelato & the chairlift ride to Mount Solaro & the top of the city, into the clouds. It was refreshing to glide in the treetops into the coolness past old residential garden plots, up to about 1000 feet. I didn't have much time to explore all of Anacapri on either trip there but it strikes me as quite rustic with a small town feel on this 4 miles island.
We may have things in variety & abundunce in America, but mostly I will miss the flavors of Italy. Their produce is remarkably fresh & thoughtfully grown. And their olive oil in each region is hearty & divine.
Time for a shower....We have a 9:00AM luggage pick-up & walk to the piazza for transport to the harbor & a hydrofoil ride directly to Naples (Napol)i where we catch the train to Rome. We all agreed that we won't miss the long car ride to Naples.
Sleep tight & think of me in the morning with a very tight suitcase of mostly worn clothing & a few treasures, waving goodbye to Capri with a smile on my face.