Friday, June 22, 2012

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.




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

three very dangerous guardians - Capri, Naples
3 dangerous guardians of the temple,
someone's home


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 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, available to order...
 I think it would be the perfect piece
to wear for a day on Capri.







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18 comments:

  1. Marsha, you are very naughty and the most terrible temptress. I will be sad when this series ends.

    Sigh, your jewellery is gorgeous.
    X

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  2. Absolutely stunning! Capri has been on my list of places to visit, and the jewels are spectacular.
    Thank you for stopping by! It's always wonderful to meet new friends. I will be back often.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend! xoxo, B

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  3. Absolutely. If I ever get to go. You will dress me and adorn me with jewels for sure. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Marsha-
    I have to go here! It may be five years, but I must go here!
    I have never seen more gorgeous images. Perfection.
    You jewelry piece is gorgeous, as all of them are.
    Soon, my friend.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  5. Fabulous post....Looks like a place one you go you never forget...my daughter is in Rome and headed there next weekend....can't wait for more photos.
    Lovely post.
    Donna
    thebeneblog.com

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  6. Thank you for the marvelous trip today!! I have been dying to go to Capri for years!! My sister has been, my son has been, but not poor me!! I need to go back and revisit your other vacation spots!!

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  7. Oh my word! I've been dreaming of going here! And now, well I'm a little intimidated! It looks so amazing!!! Some friends of ours just returned from there and loved it! Hopefully we will get there before too long…No matter…at least we can read all about it! Thanks for posting!

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  8. We didn't make it to Capri the last time...as it ended up, the day that we were going, we would have been too hurried. It will definitely demand several days the next time we go...and now I know what to pack! Thanks for inviting us along for the journey. More, please! Cherry Kay

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  9. Now Marsha; you know me.....(as much as you can via internet) I am telling you a true story I could not make up.

    My husband and I have been,(as I told you, a few times, to Positano) and hence,to Capri. we took the amazing boat!


    the first time I was in Capri..........I went to a jeweler I had read about......who was also recommended by the Hotel San Pietro.

    This was many years ago. (I am trying to think!)

    In any case,,,,,we were in Capri... after taking the jet-boat....and we had the best lunch and best pasta in my entire life in that courtyard in the middle of Capri!!

    Nothing could even "touch this" in the whole world.!

    Lynn von Kersting........has a house there that belonged to her grandmother......!

    Nothing can touch it!

    How I would love to have a house there!

    Lynn Von Kersting would know what to do...and Renee would know what to do.......look carefully at her brick paths......
    Wow!!

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  10. Hi Marsha,
    Oh how long have I wished I could visit Capri, once we even got as far as making enquiries at the travel agency, but then I didn't feel well enough to travel and it was postponed. So o o .... How glad I am to have walked and beamed my way through your photographs....gorgeous gorgeous!! And how lovely that you bought your son those spectacular sandals!

    Hugs to you, I'm thinking I'll be returning to these posts more than once.
    Your friend,
    Jane x

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  11. I was in Capri in 1963. It was so beautiful. Apparently that has not changed. Your son's photos are spectacular. I love the street scenes, especially the one with the storefront covered in bougainvillea...and those rock outcroppings in the sea. Gotta love Giada, too.
    My mother collected figurines and while I was there I bought her a very delicate one that she loved. Now that she is gone, it is one of her items I treasure -- along with her recipe for manicotti.
    XO Victoria

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  12. You have brought back so many wonderful memories! You absolutely nailed the vibe of Capri! Fabulous pictures, too...you really brought me back there! Thanks!

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  13. What amazing shots reminding me of the one time I was fortunate to visit. All this beauty has made me yearn to go back. Absolutely magical!

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  14. Thank you for sharing this Marsha, it brought back so many happy memories of my trip here a few years back and it is amazing how many images is of the very same area I visited. I remember being amazed at the shop girls sweeping and washing the shop fronts of the very elegant white canopied shops and that exact same street...early one morning when I walked there before opening hours....they were like little manequins that came to life before the crowds arrived....
    I have a pair of those bejewelled sandles...it was a little treat to myself! I love your jewell creation to match Capri!
    Love to you my always inspiring friend! Colette xx

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  15. Oh, I just love this article on Capri. Just the sound of "Capri" rolls off the tongue so beautifully. Thank you so much for introducing yourself. Yes, I am feeling a bit "lost" fitting into Houston. Our rough start had to do with a "homeschooling" group that just wasn't a great fit for us. We have moved so much that we tend to be pretty "secular" and "moderate" in our socio/religious viewpoints. I'm afraid we were introduced to a super conservative group that left us scratching our heads on many occasions. After a year, we felt the right thing to do was to "disengage" from the group but haven't really found our way (partly b/c my daughter is transitioning to college in the fall). Sorry to "air" my comments in public (as I am doing here ...again!). Are you Houston based? Your blog is wonderful and I'm going to hop over and look at your jewelry.

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  16. Marsha, My husband and I were in Capri about ten years ago. It looks the same, of course. There was a market, mainly for tourists, that had very affordable things to buy. My husband bought me a very inexppensive aqua bead bracelet that reminds me of our visit every time I wear it! You are blessed to be there!

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  17. Your jewels are perfect for Capri. Sadly we spent very little time here but did a trip to the Grotto. I did your Italian experience backwards and loved every moment. Like Colette it brought back so many memories for me, so thank you for that dear friend and thank you for taking me to the spots I did not get to see! this was just delovely and a fabulous way to spend and eveing in your precious company sharing your Italy and the lovely music to make it all perfect!

    Sending love

    V
    xx

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