Thursday, June 21, 2012

Amalfi Coast of Italy, Post 3


Vacation Heaven

this place is not for the shy, retiring types, it's for
people who are in love with life, who love good food,
wonderful people, driving for hours along the most
scenic roads in the world, and for people
who enjoy being stunned by beauty, nature
and the splendor that is Italy.




The roads along the Amalfi Coast are famously winding, narrow, and challenging to drive.

Add in drop-dead views and daring Italian drivers,
known for their behind-the-wheel bravado,
and this road trip offers one of the more exciting driving experiences in Europe.
The popular Amalfi Coast route follows the shoreline from Sorrento south to Salerno.
Locals recommend planning a drive of the Amalfi Coast during the shoulder
tourist seasons, mid-September to October  (thus begins the rainy season)
and May, when the road is less crowded and lumbering tour buses are fewer.




an ancient structure overgrown with vines & foliage
as seen from the road above.
as one sees these places you have to wonder who lived there,
what did they do?



this tiny little flower stand is on a tiny turn-out just off the road,
what you see here is part of the coast highway which is only 2 lanes.
each little stand is so enchanting you just have to stop the car, buy a soda and
talk to the shopkeepers...directly across the way is the Mediterranean Sea.






my son's take while shooting from the car window



can you see the coast road?  that's it, cut into the mountain.


exiting a tunnel to find a charming little town sitting on the edge of the mountain
overlooking the sea



taken from the coast highway, drivers never see this because the highway is so close to the cliff edges
the driver must never take eyes off the roadway...
seriously...



road to Positano taken from above



road to Amalfi from Positano, note the hairpin u-turn of the little road,
and the luxury sailing craft at anchor,
just another day in paradise, ladies





again, shot from car window...a rather ordinary occurrence





lots of bikers, bicycles - not Harley's



see all the lovely boats on the sea?



roadside pepper & vegetable market



the makings of Limoncello, which one must experience after
driving the coast roads all day



bottle of beautiful nectar Limoncello
native to the Amalfi Coast,
whose recipe has been secret
since the beginning.


who could resist buying a basket of these lovely bottles to take home
to your friends?



Bracelet of Aquamarine, Kyanite, Freshwater Pearls, Iolite
Chalcedony with 14K Gold



Earrings Freshwater Pearls, Aquamarine, Kyanite
with Sterling Silver




Chunky Necklace with Pale Green Freshwater Coin Pearls
& Large Chalcedony or Amazonite Nuggets

coming up:
Capri
& more coast views & hotels

thank you for all the lovely comments and compliments,
you guys know I adore you !!!







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17 comments:

  1. You know how much I love these photos Marsha, they are so beautiful. Whenever I see Amalfi or Positano mentioned now, I think of you!!

    Can you imagine cycling those roads....it's scary enough in a car, as you say you really do have to concentrate!!

    Love the version of "Summertime" you are playing here today XX

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  2. I was lucky enough to go to Capri once. I love the Amalfi coast. This post makes me want to book a trip back ASAP!

    Lovely images, well done!

    The Wanderfull Traveler

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  3. What a view from the first picture. Those peppers look great hanging also!

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  4. More gorgeous photos Marsha!!! Kori xoxo

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  5. I can hardly wait to return. I must share these photos with Sweet Mister. Thanks for taking us along on the journey. Cherry Kay

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  6. Oh my!! I was just in Italy and I didn't get a chance to see the Amalfi coast but I'm dying to. These photographs are heavenly. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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  7. Wow! So beautiful and inspirational! What I would give to have some limoncello from the Amalfi Coast!!

    x

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  8. More fabulous photos, Marsha. And I thought the drive along California's coast was scary. AND your amazonite necklace with coin pearls is also breathtaking. Have a beautiful day.
    XO Victoria

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  9. Just PERFECTION and BEAUTY in one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gorgeous photos from Amalfi coast...................and you new jeweeleries,Marsha should be making womans fro the whole world happy:-)))*


    Love,
    ***Violetta***

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  10. Marsha, these pictures make me want to pack my bags and go! I have a dear friend from Capri, who I have lost touch with. Maybe he'll show up in your next batch of pics!

    I love, love the aquamarine bracelet you feature on this blog, being that is my birthstone. I cannot find it in your shop.

    Wishing you the BEST weekend!

    Melissa

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  11. These pictures are fabulous, Marsha! I have a friend whom I have lost touch with, he's from Capri. Maybe he'll show up in your next batch of pictures!

    I love, love the aquamarine bracelet you feature in this post, it is my birthstone. Can't find it in the shop.

    Wishing you the BEST weekend,
    Melissa

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  12. Oh my, Marsha! This is on my bucket list. What beauty. This looks like a place you belong!

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  13. Marsha,
    I have to agree with Yvonne that this has to go on my bucket list. I have seen pictures before but yours are the best. Almost like being there. Keep them coming. They bring so much joy.

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  14. Marsha, I have to agree with Yvonne. This just has to be on my bucket list. I have seen pictures before but they didn't do it justice and yours absolutely inspire and bring joy. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Marsha,
    I have to agree with Yvonne that this has to go on my bucket list. I have seen pictures before but yours are the best. Almost like being there. Keep them coming. They bring so much joy.

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  16. Marsha...you are killing me...can't wait for my next trip to Italy...

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  17. Dear oh dear my comment was lost...bummer... I said..Italian drivers!!! Dear mother of mercy, I needed a great deal of limoncello to recoup!!!
    My son just said...thank heavens you were not blogging at the time mother..you are so snap happy and would have come back with a million pics! Your sons are great Marsha..just perfect. Agree that it is a place for people who love life and express it in their everyday living...so wonderful!

    V

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Thank you so much for your wonderful comments, each of them mean so much to me. After all, the interaction is the reason we blog. xx's