Friday, March 26, 2010

Part 4, The Amalfi Coast - CAPRI


Capri...


you arrive at Capri by either a ferry (shown above) or a hydrofoil
from Sorrento, a very short boat trip, one is seated  in what
felt like a big luxury bus on the water.

The boat docks at Marina Grande, which looks like any other small port,
and you instantly feel disappointed.  Where are all the beautiful places, I wondered.


Then you realize you must take a small funicular (rail car) UP to the main city
...the port is only for ARRIVING on the island.




Funicular arrival area





your 1st view of the magical Capri, waaaaay up the mountain





Piazza Umberto



this is a good definition of "how to dress on Capri"
in this rarified air no one is not dressed, casual elegance rules



sidewalk cafes abound, music is playing, and everyone wears
someone else's "brand" on something they carry, or appears on
their backs.  i've never seen a place where the label is so important.
and, believe me, there are NO French labels here.



Please believe me, this is how all the women dress on Capri,
no fashion disasters anywhere.
this woman is a famous cooking tv hostess,
Ms Guida De Laurentiss




This magical island is my idea of heaven
 with its charming streets covered in flowers
and studded with some of the world’s most beguiling brands.
 It takes time to savor the fragrant scent of Stephanotis,
sit in the piazza sipping a Limoncello,
and still savor the joys of fully stocked Prada, Dolce, and Malo,
not to mention Fendi, Ferragamo and a host of jewelry stores,


their windows crying out for attention.


 
 
 



Lindsey Lohan coming out of Prada with shopping bag



pastisserie



Capri is known for it's jewelled sandals, which can be
made-to-measure if you simply cannot wear stuff from DSW.
Above a sandal & jewelry store.



shot from one of the "nearly" private residential areas.
breathtaking views abound



entry into the Augustus Gardens, a must see, ladies



drag your husbands (or whatevers) or leave them in a sidewalk
cafe with a book, but you must take in the beauty of this place.




part of the Augustus gardens, so beautiful


Beautiful Fruit Table, Note the Italian Porcelain Dishes



Hotel Canasta



  • Hotel Grand Quisisana, only the best


Hotel Grand JK, the newest hotel on Capri



my son left us on our own, his soon-to-be wife, Gisele, me & Ned
so he could go exploring and find the best sites for shooting his pics.
while he was gone I found the perfect pair of Gucci shoes for him, which would
never be in the USA, and he loved them.
I didn't purchase anything for myself.  I was so very interested in the
thought that the beauty of this lovely island, which is spectacular,
isn't the reason people come to Capri.

they come to see & be seen, to shop for Italian designer labels and
be with their friends.

I must tell you...in all my life & travels I've never seen such opulent and
expensive jewelry as I saw on Capri.  Every major Italian fine jewlery name,
you all know them, was well represented.  No Tiffany, no Cartier.

Everything on this island is completely, perfectly Italian.

One can venture up the mountain to Anacapri, a smaller, more casual
place with great views back to the mainland.  But, that day I was ready to leave
and return to the peacefulness of Sorrento.









this piece was sold long ago, but I think it would have the perfect piece
to wear for a day on Capri.



I'm going to an art festival this weekend where I'll be exhibiting my jewelry.
Once home, I'll post pics of the jewelry
GIVEAWAY

have a lovely weekend, ladybugs xx's