Sunday, August 19, 2012
We're Off to Italia!
Today was a transition day and as I've mentioned in the past, I don't like them. Even though it was very hot and humid in Croatia. I had grown accustomed to our tiny seaview apartment and the pretty walk along a shaded stone path that hugs the water into towm.
Split was barely awake when we left at 6:45 am, but it was chaos at the airport. No airlines were assiged to any check-in desk so basically it was a pick the shortest line followed by the free for all, show no mercy mentality of Easyjet. But in the end we made it to Rome in under an hour for less than $75.
We are staying in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. Our hotel is beautiful with a pool. Beside it is a deep ravine with the ruins of an old six story stone house. It is so curious because one wonders who lived there and when, and how they got down there. It is very mysterious and the only way to get to it would be to traverse a steep path with the railings missing.
The beaches here are what attracts a lot of tourists. They certainly aren't the pristine big sandy beaches that might be on a tropical island. Instead they tend to be crowded with cabanas and beach umbrellas, but with a view of Mt. Vesuvius and the town rising above, it would be a pleasant place to be. Last time we were here a huge Costa ship sailed in close to town to show off the ship with its booming horn echoing off the cliffs. It was a thrilling experience, but after the Costa ship sank off the coast a little north of here doing just that, they stopped it.
Tonight we had dinner in town on a rooftop restaurant. They had delicious homemade pasta dishes. After dinner the town was alive with people looking at shops and eating gelati. The streets were closed off to pedestrians after 8:00 and shop owners quickly moved everything outside to attract customers. A typical display had lemon ceramic dishes, limoncello, and packages of lemon shaped soap. The soaps are so pretty, but all smell like a lemon soap you might get at the Dollar Tree.
Suddenly a band appeared in old fashion costume so we followed it throughout the town. They would stop and grab people from the crowd to dance. It felt as if all of Sorrento was at a street party celebrating summer. This place is a lot of fun so at the end of the day, a transition day didn't turn out to be so bad after all.