My Italy trip - Day 9

Asha Desh By Asha Desh, 1st Feb 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Day 9 of 11 0f my trip to Italy. A close experience with history I had heretofore observed just in picture collections and motion pictures. The landmarks, culture, scenery and food from the immense Colosseum to the spread of Olive trees-that blow one's mind!
Today we roam in Capri.

Capri and Anacapri

The morning started as usual with a humongous breakfast. Back home, I would have certainly added a few extra pounds by now, the way we have been eating. But here, the walking tours seem to effortlessly counter balance the calories consumed. We walked up to the town square to meet Luigi, our local guide who had a great sense of humor. Among his many stories, he pointed out the store in the square which sold the first Capri Pants, and that they were made popular by Jackie Kennedy who bought them there and was one of the first ones to wear it. I had not associated that Capri jeans may have originated from Capri. We rode in “Open Taxis” to the top of the hill. He showed us around St. Michael’s place and one of the pioneer doctor’s museums. The Swiss ambassador, who lives nearby came and welcomed us. Evidently this zone is claimed by the Swiss, after St. Michael, the specialist gave all his property to the Swiss. The guide pointed out the 900 steps that one had to climb in earlier days to get there. Narrow, steep steps with no railing on rugged rocks! I went up and down on about 10 of them! We walked around “AnaCapri”, which is so called because it is on top of the Capri (Goat) island. We saw some more churches, shops, and one of the world’s oldest laboratories.

Sail around the isle of Capri !

A small boat brought us downhill. We had time for lunch, and had one of the best Mozzarella and tomato sandwiches. We then took a big boat all around the Isle of Capri, a beautiful, scenic and memorable experience. We went by the Faraglioni - the iconic rocks of Capri. The tour guide asked us all to make a wish right at that time, and said that the wish would come true. I was so excited - I don't remember what I wished for !!! We saw Grottos, where the water is a beautiful blue. The most famous one, the Blue grotto has an iridescent blue color. There was a long line of small boats, with people waiting for two hours to get into that Grotto (Cave) for just five minutes! Of course we did not have time to go there. Those are things one does when on a private tour, not on a group tour.The boat ride was almost an hour, and then we returned to the shore where we were given free time. We had more sandwiches and gelatos. We saw the beach, which is a “Pebble beach”. Instead of sand, there are pebbles all over, and yet people were there in the hot sun. A huge contrast to the sandy beaches in Florida. We went back up on the hill to our lodging, on the Funicular.

Streets of Capri

In the evening we were treated to a fancy dinner, courtesy of Globus. Small private taxis took us on narrow winding roads to a beautiful restaurant overlooking the iconic rocks of Capri. The ride was through extremely narrow winding streets and the taxi drivers cooperated with each other. Sometimes there was about six inches between two vehicles! People who had not been to exposed to such driving conditions held their breath, while those who had similar experience before, breathlessly enjoyed the sights from the winding roads on the hill top.
The dinner was very nice and everyone was in jubilant mood. After dinner we were dropped off at the main square. We strolled back to the hotel, window shopping at all the expensive stores and of course savoring a few gelatos on the way.

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Capri, Europe, Italy, Travel

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