Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Just the bus ride from Sorrento to Amalfi was worth the trip. The Amalfi Coast, named after the town of Amalfi, is just breathtaking and if you arrive by bus, as we did, you get one of the worlds greatest bus rides. We sat on the coast side of the bus and as you look out and down, you better not be afraid of heights. You quickly gain respect for the Italian engineers who built these roads back in the 1800’s, I kept asking myself, how did they do that, especially back in the 1800’s. The bus drivers drive these Chicago size buses through the twists and turns at 500 to a 1000 feet above the coast and through streets just barely wide enough for a car and never miss a beat. They may knock off a car mirror once in awhile, but that’s all part of the Amalfi lifestyle. As you look up the side of these mountains, you see casas, huge hotels, swimming pools, villas, castles and churches all clinging to the hillside like some giant just placed them there. The Amalfi Coast is known for it’s lemons and you see lemon groves everywhere, from the shore all the way up to the top of the mountains where they still use mules to service the groves. The town of Amalfi is very relaxed this time of year, but Michelle and I like it that way. We just took in the town, visited a couple of the surrounding towns, went to Pompeii one day, ate at some fantastic restaurants, and just relaxed. Amalfi’s busy season is between May and September. That’s when all the shops and hotels are open, the streets are filled with tourists, the beach is full of activity and the boat system is running for those who don’t want to ride the bus.
The people are all very friendly to us and more than willing to help out with directions or whatever we needed. We just loved it here and want to come back soon. We got to know the owner of Andrea’s & Christine’s favorite coffee shop. (now our favorite as well) He is opening a Geleto store and invited me back to help make and sell geleto, ( he does not know what he in for) Well, we’re heading to Florence now. Enjoy the pictures and videos of the bus ride.

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