As usual, I'm full of excuses for my recent absence, but I'll get into a monthly wrap-up later on. For now, I'm back with more Italian beauty - get comfortable, because there are a lot of photos, but I hope you'll understand why it was so difficult to narrow them down! Feast your eyes on the wonder that is the Amalfi Coast by boat, and the glorious isle of Capri.
A few days before we left London, we booked a tour on Positano Boats, having read good reviews online. A day trip is a little more expensive than going on a larger ferry, but I think it's worth it to be on a more intimate boat and have unobstructed views of the stunning surroundings.
Even though it doesn't look like it would be so far, it took around an hour and a half from Praiano - Positano - Capri. I spent much of the time snapping away, getting sprayed in the face with the saltiest of waters and feeling utterly zen.
As we got closer to the island, our guide steered us into several different grottos - the colour of the water is just unbelievable, and actually being inside the grottos feels like you're on a ride in Disneyland!
We had about 4 hours to spend on the island, which I have to admit felt pretty short, but since we were only staying on the coast for a week, it seemed like the best option to do a day tour.
Of course, first and foremost, we had to find lunch! We did a quick search on Tripadvisor (I know not everyone likes Tripadvisor, but we rely on it quite a bit and have never been disappointed!) and chose Lo Zodiaco as our one meal on Capri. And we absolutely loved it - we shared some mussels to start, and my main was pasta with squid, clams and lemon which was divine. We skipped dessert to have gelato around the corner (E's in the brioche was epic), but it was topped off with complimentary limoncello - my stomach wasn't feeling up to sadly, but E helped me out and was suitably merry for our next stop...
I knew that with the little time we had left, I wanted to go to the spot where locals and tourists alike deem to be the most spectacular spot on the island, Mount Solaro. We had to get a taxi to Anacapri (we spent a small fortune on taxis during our time in Capri, which we wouldn't have if we weren't in a hurry!), and then get on a precarious chairlift (I'm not particularly scared of heights, but I can't say I was entirely calm on this ride...), but it was so worth it for the magical views.
Some of these will definitely need to be framed! Can you even believe how beautiful this place is?
It was soon time to head back to the boat, and although we didn't have a chance to properly explore the island, we got a good feel it and actually loved driving around in the open roof taxis they have (for the extortionate price, we'd better enjoy it!). It's definitely a tourist destination and was a little more glitz and glamour than some of the other towns we visited, but combined with the relaxing and gorgeously scenic boat ride, it was one heck of a beautiful day.