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Nov 3, 2014 - The Amalfi way and Positano

Anchored off the town of Analfi (where Bob has been wanting to go for years) and tendered into port. Took the 10:30 bus (a 45 minute trip) over to Positano. It was a beautiful drive along steep cliffs where houses cling to the sides of the hills. Walked from the top of Positano through the winding streets full of lovely shops down to the sea shore. Stopped and enjoyed a refreshing drink at a beachfront restaurant before boarding the fresh for the 20 minute ride back to Amalfi. The scenery was spectacular and it was a beautiful day. This...

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May 28, 2014 - Lemon Vineyards and Ocean Views

Final journal entry for Amalfi Coast! After 6 fantastic days amongst the lemon vines, in awe of the amazing coastal views, beautiful sunny weather, really comfortable hotel, best breakfasts especially the yoghurt, freshly baked warm croissants and coffee sitting under the lemon vineyards gazing across ocean views planning our day of action, scrumptious Italian cuisine, vast quantities of Italian vino, a few horror bus rides, fun times all week, so unfortunately it's probably time to move on. Croatia time to fine up your weather,as the...

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May 23, 2014 - My foot and I

Mum, you will be relieved to hear that the foot and I eventually arrived on the Amalfi Coast of Italy safel and sound, although I admit, it was very much a case of touch and go at one stage. After all the kilometres I have travelled around the world over the years and never managed to get myself seriously lost, would you believe, Emirates managed to lose me in Dubai during one of our many stopovers. I thought I was sitting quite comfortably in my gin induced state of relaxation, merely contemplating the next long haul to Rome, when I heard...

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Oct 13, 2013 - Pompeii and Farewell Dinner Meta

Very excited to head to Pompeii today. Have the train direction down pat, as you see by my confident pointing of the direction to Margaret in the pic. Bought our ticket s and audio guide, and stepped back 2000 years. We were gob smacked at the enormity of the place. Way beyond our expectations. Pompeii had a population of 22000 people when it was destroyed, so the site is the size of a decent country town in Victoria, maybe comparable to Warrnambool. Knowing that we could not possibly cover all there was to see in the day, we consulted...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Positano

Today we were booked on a boat trip from Positano around the Amalfi coast. Sadly, the weather was against us - thunder, lightning and heavy rain. Armed with our €3 umbrellas, we headed to Positano to explore. The bus didn't arrive in Meta, so on the train to Sorrento to pick one up from there. Just as well, even though we were at the originating stop, it was packed. We managed in our true style to snaffle seats on the right hand side of the bus, affording the best views along the way. If you imagine the Great Ocean Road on steroids, that...

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Oct 11, 2013 - Sorrento

Tucked into the delicious basket of goodies provided by Alberto for our breakfast, then to the corner supermercato. This is a little hive of local activity and socialising, open from 8 till 1 and the 5 till 8. Inside is a deli, a butcher and general groceries. I procured the makings for soup, chicken noodle soup. No stock, so fresh chicken to make the stock. I was quite the novelty for the morning - thank goodness I had my italian phrase book with me, no English whatsoever. But with much gesticulating, sign language, the odd words from my...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Monterosso to Meta, Amalfi Coast

A very early start to the day with a 5.20am train to Milan. Down the 60 steps with the luggage and a walk, short but over cobblestones to the station. Great, a whole 6 berth carriage to ourselves. Just as I stretch out along the seats to sleep, in arrives our traveling companions. Damn. Thank God they were Italian, so no conversation and we slept a lot of the way to Milan. Change of trains to the airport shuttle. On we went, and on and on and on. Thinking it was a transfer like Melbourne to Tulla, we were surprised when we looked out on...

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May 5, 2013 - Amalfi Coast/Capri

We rise early so we can get a good start on an exciting day. We begin with a trip to the Amalfi Coast. The views all speak for themselves...better than I ever imagined. Our pictures are good but I don't think any pictures do the scenery justice..it is spectacular. Then, I fell in love...Positano! Around every corner there was another beautiful sight; flowers, views, buildings. And then there were wonderful shops...lemons everywhere! and great cafes. Had my first orange granite...not a lemon fan. Our early start meant that...

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Oct 5, 2012 - Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast

Wednesday, October 3 - Thursday, October 4 Sperlonga to Pompeii Our tour guide cost nearly twice as much as our 4-star hotel and he was worth every bit of it. The hotel was not. Smarmy staff with fawning plastic smiles, a room with silly foo-foo extras like shower jets coming from 6 directions but no character--we could have been in Omaha-- in a dumpy part of town. Oh, right, Pompeii. Nothing but dumpy parts of town. Hawkers, and cheap guides mobbed the car as we drove in. We nearly kept going. When Dr. Gaetano Durante started guiding 30...

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Oct 3, 2012 - Amalfi

Today we leave Sorrento for Amalfi but we have enough time for a quick walk through the center of Sorrento. I must be honest I don't mind the walk down hill to the village nor the couple of klms to the center of town but I wasn't looking forward to the walk back. Sorrento is very picturesque, lovely old buildings and quaint streets but also the usual madness where ever tourists might possibly spend some money. One of the stores we visited had been in business 150 years it's a little different to back home. They had lovely inlaid wood and...

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Jul 8, 2012 - Salerno, Italy and the Amalfi Coast

Being new to cruise ship ways, I didn't book a tour of Amalfi in time so ended up with just taking the bus to the city center and walking around. Still was very enjoyable and I learned to book all the other shore excursions immediately. I had time to enjoy the pool and read on the pool deck.

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Jun 23, 2012 - Italy - Amalfi Coast

18th June – 20th June 2012 On our way to the Amalfi Coast we decided to go and climb Mount Vesuvius. It is the only active volcano on the mainland of Europe. Mount Vesuvius is famous for the calamitous eruption in 79AD, which buried the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii. It was a hot day and a steep climb to the top, but the views were worth the pain. What can I say about the Amalfi Coast, it’s where the coast is unspoilt by large commercial developments, the sea is an emerald green and the architecture features houses clinging to rock...

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