Tomorrow I leave my beautiful home away from home town of
Praiano and head north to where I will spend the night before my return flight home. I have arranged a car service to pick me up in Praiano to take me to Rome Salerno where I will catch a direct train to . Rome
For my final night in
It will be a full day and evening tomorrow with an early morning flight out so sadly this will be my final live post from
I am very happy to say that my return trip to
The small town of
The town is really small and there is not much going on at night except for the casual stroll down its main road and gathering at the local bar. There is a family owned grocery store which I used to buy all of my staples for my apartment living. Some days I woke up early so I can catch an early bus for my day’s sightseeing but there were many days that I woke up early just so I could watch the sun rise in the morning.
My apartment was big, very functional and had the most beautiful ocean view along with the town of
The things I will miss about my home away from home here in Praiano: the bells of San Gennaro, the passing horns of the Sita Bus, Vespas and cars. Here on the Amalfi drivers have to toot their horns when rounding a blind curve to alert oncoming drivers of your approach which I think gives you the right of way. I will also miss the locals here, especially the gatherings at the Bar del Sole and piazza. I will even miss my neighbor who loved playing club music in the early evenings. J
But most of all I will miss the way of life here. People stroll down the road, stop to make conversation, passing motorists stop at Bar del Sole to feel the sun at its peak in the late afternoon. Yes, the way of life here in Praiano is what I will miss the most (along with the beautiful sunsets and the people who live here).
With the exception of maybe a couple of things, I was able to get to all of my “must sees and do’s” in, which I am very thankful for. So what are the things that stood out for me on this trip:
- My return trip to the Isle of Capri (although not as magical as my first trip) was still wonderful. The view at the top of
- My day trip to
was a definite highlight. To see those well preserved Greek Temples and to wonder around the scavi site was amazing especially in the beautiful setting surrounding the site. Paestum
- My day trip to
to see the beautiful Cloisters of Santa Chiara, the Naples National Archaeological museum and tasting an authentic Neapolitan pizza was also a trip highlight. Naples
- I also loved exploring around some of the other towns here such as the town of
, Maiori, Bomerano, Positano and Ravello. Amalfi
- I took in some interesting sites such as the boat ride to see the Emerald Grotto, the tour of the
et’s not forget my adventurous hike on the Sentiero degli Dei (“Path of the Gods”) where I met a very special hiking buddy whom I will never forget. Paper Museum, seeing the beautiful gardens and views offered by Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo in Ravello. And l
- All the wonderful Italians (and fellow travelers) I met during my stay here. The people at the grocery store and Bar del Sole, Chez Black, Gennaro, the tourist office lady, my neighbors, the people I met on the buses and trains and the Sita bus drivers (especially Dino) who skillfully drove the Amalfi roads without giving me motion sickness :).
- I visited so many wonderful churches on this trip, but the most special one of all is the one right here in Praiano. The
Here are some photos that I took:
|Painting above the main altar (sorry it's a poor photo)|
So today (my last full day in Amalfi) I treated myself to another wonderful lunch at my favorite restaurant, Chez Black. I had another fabulous eggplant pizza, a glass of prosecco and a cup of gelato. Then I took my last walk on the beach to bid Positano farewell (until hopefully next time). From the bus stop at the top of the hill I took a photo of Praiano for also the last time.
My car service picks me up at 8:45 am tomorrow morning, so my apartment owners will come by to check me out around 8:00 am.
One thing is certain, I have become so spoiled staying in one place for the entire 3 weeks and I have a feeling it won’t be the last time I will do this type of trip.
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for stopping by and reading my blog and for your wonderful comments. I really appreciate reading them and am just sorry that I could not comment back as I would normally. I do look forward to catching up with all of you when I return home.
I want to thank Pauline Kenny, founder of Slow Travel, the Slow Travel Community and to all of my wonderful blogging friends for all of the inspiration and knowledge that I have learned to help make this trip the success that it was. I also want to thank my wonderful sis and family, my good friends and my co-workers back home.
And as the sun sets here in Praiano, my 2011 Amalfi Coast Adventures also comes to a gracious end. Grazie Mille Italy for another fabulous time! I hope to see you again soon.