Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Amalfi Drive seems like a dream!

My trip to Italy seems a long time ago already, but i can still remember the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi drive.
We had such lovely weather that day unlike some who went the following day , so we were very lucky to catch some glorious views! We had an early start at 8am but it was worth it seeing the sun on the water overlooking Capri and the road was not to busy thank goodness as anyone who has done this will know that the road is very very narrow in places with sheer drops on the left hand side, quite breathtaking at times! The drive took us to the beautiful town of Amalfi, then onto Ravello.

One of the many little villages set in the hillside
With the 5star hotel at the edge! Mega money to stay!

We stopped here for a coffee break just an hour into the journey
i passed on the coffee just wanted to admire the view.

This was just a rock formation honestly!
But it is now known as the Madonna holding flowers
once you were passed it you could see nothing from
the other direction.

A better view i think of the formation

Just loved the colour of the sea here, and the boats getting
ready to go out.
We are now in Amalfi.
This picture i am very proud of, after i looked
in the guide book this was in it.
The original 13th century road in Amalfi

Again this one was also in the guide book.
In medieval times it was named the Valley of the Mills
The beautiful cathedral
Dedicated to the Apostle Andrew
One of the ceilings in the cathedral
I left the flash on and promptly got told off, so
felt i should not take anymore inside.
A beautiful view from Ravello looking down with
the mountains in the distance.
A view of Minnori taken n Ravello

View from the mountains from the coach.
As you can see we climbed and climbed to one of the highest points.

One of my favourite days of the whole holiday such contrasting views from the high mountains to the hillside towns ans the sea of course with its wonderful colours.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009


So pleased you liked the card we sent, it is usually you that makes me cry with your cards, got my own back ! We will have some bubbles to celebrate when i am down.
Just wishing you a very happy birthday!! Sue thought this was just your sort of humour.
With all love as always Mum xx

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Beautiful Sorrento

Well as you can see we really did not have a great time , the scenery was awful, the food bad and well the weather that was bad as well!!!!???? But i may be joking, had a most wonderful time.
Packed so much in one week but still had time to do nothing but drink coffee and people watch down at the harbour.

This iced coffee was just divine and so well presented
the brioche was great to!

our view from the restaurant whilst having our coffee

My pizza was gorgeous thank you for asking!
We were staying in the Neapolitan riviera where the famous pizza
was invented.

The famous villa where Sophia Loren , Gina lolla Brigida
stayed and Tom cruise got married!

With this view i can see why it was chosen! Stunning!

On one of our many walks down to the harbour front
and there were sooo many steps, Lynda did really well
as she had a swollen foot at the time.

Another little narrow street

Sorrento with its many tourist shops
but you can avoid these if you just go a few streets behind
the main area.
Still lots of people!

A view of the Marina Grande
With a view along the Sorrentine peninsular

Taken from the other way with the Marina Piccalo
at the end. Our boat for the day was moored just offshore!

Same view

This was just a snippet of Sorrento it was so beautiful we may go onto Amalfi next time then Pompeii and Herculaneum which were fascinating .
As my trusted guide book said " Amalfi the coast for falling in love"

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Brrrrrr who turned the teperature down!!

Well arrived back on friday night and was greeted by my daughter with a lovely smile and a hug, she had text earlier in the day " i know you don't want to come home you two shirley valentines but i am really looking forward to seeing you" made me smile! spent the night at her house then made our way home to cornwall on saturday after a lovely lunch at Toys Hill in kent (home cooked ham egg and chips). My friend dropped me off at Launceston and Tony picked me up from there. So we had a great run back only 4hrs from kent, unlike our trip up which took nearly 7hrs the dreaded M25 again, got caught in a bad accident where everything just stopped for over an hour and half so frustrating and tiring.
Had a super holiday our hotel great and the food really good met some lovely people so if you are reading this now P and M i didn't write anything bad LOL we hit it off straight away which was great we met up in the evenings and had a good laugh and a gossip!! such good company so thankyou both! In fact we are all meeting up with our respective daughters in december!
We did not do all we had planned but we certainly made the most of our week there in Sorrento and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves from the moment we arrived to the time we left.
Just chilling out today in more ways than one its blooming freezing after being in temeratures of the high 20's sitting here typing with my jeans and two jumpers on brrrr. Will get some pics up during the week it was so beautiful can't wait to share the sights. Shame we can't get smells over the blogs because they were fantastic too lemon, orange and olive trees i can smell them now.