Detour | What I Saw in Amalfi

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We saw a lot during our 10 days in Amalfi, most of it revolving around the ocean, beautiful views and sunbathing.  So if that doesn’t interest you, I’d click away now!  Don’t say I didn’t warn you….

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Here I am in the piazza of Atrani, big cheesy grin, as we spotted the long serving policeman of this village, who once told off my friend Dale for walking back to our apartment from the beach without a shirt on, so when we spotted him on this trip, I jumped into ‘pose position’ just in the nick of time to get this shot for Dale.

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We stayed in an apartment for the first week of our vacation, and had to move down the road for the last three nights due to other guests being more organised and beating us to the dates we needed.  Although we downsized to a room with en suite, I can’t deny the view in the morning made up for the smaller space.

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Not to mention how amazing this view also looked in the evening.  Magical!

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Atrani is made up of a labyrinth of stairways and passages and it is easy to take a wrong turn and end up in an entirely different part of the village than you intended on.  I love these pathways, and they are unbelievably good exercise too, just not so fun to walk up when dragging suitcases or after eating too much pizza!

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A little jump shot on another winding pathway in Amalfi.

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When we arrived in Italy, the weather was the worst I’d ever experienced in all my trips to the Amalfi Coast. Rain.  Wind.  Clouds.  I was not impressed.  THANKFULLY Mother Nature decided to be kind and with the exception of the odd overcast morning and a couple of not so wonderful days, the rest were hot and sunny and we made the most of those days down by the beach, soaking up the rays and swimming.

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Atrani Beach.

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My sunbathing view.

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Amalfi Beach.

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Amalfi Beach looking all shiny and sparkly.

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Looking back on Atrani.

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The other sight you tend to see a lot over in Amalfi are weddings. Many brides and grooms get married in the cathedral there, or at the vary least utilise the grandness of the church for their professional photos.

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I sneakily took a few shots myself.

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Doing a little posing of my own at the cathedral.

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We spent loads of time around Amalfi harbour, either taking a pre-dinner stroll along the pier, lining up for ferries to Positano…

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… and making the most of its beautiful backdrop by taking advantage of the other tourists, getting them to snap a few little posey shots.

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(He’s gonna kill me! There will be a definite case of ‘WHYYYYY did you put that photo up’)

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Dusk.

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By day or night, I never tire of gazing at the harbour of Amalfi.

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Another awesome sight at the harbour, is Leo the German Shephard who helps his owner catch the ropes of the ferries when they come in to dock.  He’s a giant bear of a dog and utterly adorable.

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From the harbour to the ocean, we also spent plenty of time out on the open water.

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An overcast morning en route to Positano made for some pretty cool snapshots.

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Pulling in to Positano.

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Snap. Snap. Snap.  SLR’s and iPhone’s were given good workouts because it’s impossible not to want to capture these views from every angle possible.

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Dockside at Positano.

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The ocean breeze, sunshine and the feeling of being a million miles away from a busy life made for two happy vacationers!

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Sorry! Just one more snap of Positano. It’s soooooo pretty I just can’t help myself but share these views with you.

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Tiny, tucked away beaches are dotted along the coast, often only accessible by boat.

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Yep, more ocean breeze and sunshine working its magic.

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Boats.  They are everywhere on the Amalfi Coast.  From tiny fishing dinghies to the largest, most luxurious super yachts you ever could see.

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I spent each day of my vacation taking way too many photos of yachts and motor boats, picking out my ‘if I won the lottery’ boat.

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The easiest and quickest way to commute in Amalfi.  Sure does beat the Tube in London!

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One slightly overcast afternoon we made our way up high in the hills via bus to the town of Ravello.  If you’re after kick arse views, this place will not disappoint.  (Evidence above!)

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Ravello is full of lovely stores, restaurants and villa’s to wander around and admire.

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In the gardens of one of my favourite villa’s in Ravello.

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Each pathway will lead to another breathtaking view or villa.

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We decided to visit the fairytale like Villa Cimbrone and take a walk around the extensive grounds.  I highly recommend it if you visit Ravello.

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The views were stunning and terrifying all at the same time. We were SO high up!

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Each time I’ve visited Ravello I’ve walked back down the stairs to Atrani, which takes just under an hour.  They are never-ending but it’s much more enjoyable than the bus.

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You also get to witness these views whilst descending the stairs.

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Arriving back in Atrani, I leapt for joy that the stairs finally came to an end.

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We saw so many weird and wonderful sights.  From this wonderful Louis Vuitton covered Vespa.

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To TBND’s weird new haircut.  Kidding.  The barber shaved it this way purely for my amusement and then removed the mohawk.

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We also watched one of the funniest street performers we have ever set eyes on.  He wandered into the piazza in Amalfi, and within minutes he had a huge crowd of people in hysterics.

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One of the most memorable and unexpected sights we saw, was Italy’s tribute band to Queen.  We had wandered over to Amalfi for dinner one evening, only to discover a huge stage rigged up at the foot of the cathedral stairs.  What followed was an hour of amazing performance which had everyone on their feet, dancing and singing.  So much fun!

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I couldn’t count the number of times we walked back and forth between Amalfi and Atrani.  Taking less than 10 minutes, we popped back and forth for ice cream, dinner, groceries, a stroll and sunbathing.  I love this walk, it’s full of promise that a chocolate gelato awaits! ;o)

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All too soon vacations come to an end, and this is the sight of us, on the ferry about to leave Amalfi, and very much wishing we could stay.

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Goodbye Amalfi Coast! Thank you for the sights we saw and the memories you made.

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