from the terraceToday we went along the Amalfi coast to Positano, a town I had looked at on the map. A flat map. Positano is on a hill, rising up from the sea and constructed of terraces and stairs. Lots of stairs.

stairs 1Bummed at the number of tourists – what did you expect Terri? – we climbed up from the main drag, past little houses and gardens. As we rested, panting, a woman came out of her house. I said “Troppe scale” too many stairs. We went on and on, found nothing but more stairs, so turned around. The woman seemed to be waiting. “Sai francese?” Are you French? I admitted to being an American and she invited us in for coffee!! For 45 minutes, I mangled the language, learning about her family and telling her about our dogs (what do you expect with only 8 months of study?) To Assunta Lucibello, grazie mille. It was FANTASTIC.

church cupolaPositano has a nice church, a good beach, beach umbrellas2 and lots of shopping. jewelry shoppingWe ate lunch in a covered patio and, in what became a common practice on this trip, talked to people. Canadians, the first of many, and Germans, in their own language. I did fairly well although I couldn’t remember some words – Italian is at the top of my language pile, thank goodness.

We took the ferry back to Sorrento, passing the islands Nureyev owned. All along the coast were spaced remnants of medieval towers, lookouts for Saracen pirates. Our humble ferry honked at a passing yacht – “I’m a boat.” The yacht was haughty and, unlike the buses to Sorrento, didn’t reply.boat and cliffs

Because I have been asked to highlight our meals: for dinner I had gnocchi with smoky cheese. And wine. Lots of wine. Drunk, we staggered back to the hotel. At least we were quiet, which I couldn’t say for some of those later in the street later…moody mountain Click on the pictures below for a larger, complete image including the bathing beauty’s head. The finale picture is of a Saracen lookout.


  1. Cat says:

    I’m amazed by all the stone buildings clinging to cliffsides in your pictures! They’re like every story I’ve ever read of medieval Europe or its many fantasy cousins. I keep expecting a princess with a pointed hat or hair long and strong enough to climb…

    • Terri says:

      I think of the mudslides in CA and wonder why these structures are still intact. Italy has the most hill towns I’ve encountered.

  2. cuzzin Karen says:

    Stunning!!! I am in love!!! Thanks for sharing… and your dinner sounds awesome!

  3. Wow is that beautiful! Wonderful photos and wonderful description. I wonder if I’d have the fortitude for all those stairs? Probably not, but thanks for letting me experience it through your eyes!

    • Terri says:

      Actually, you get so busy looking at what’s around the stairs, they are easier than you’d think. It’s all the panting that gives you away…I THOUGHT I was exercising enough…

  4. Janet Oliver says:

    Thanks for the lovely photos Terri! I LOVED this part of Italy – and thankfully we were not overloaded with tourists. I remember the stairs up to our amazing little apartment at the top of a hill. We had to literally hand our luggage up to one another in the little stairway (with a rope handle for a banister!). Keep up the wonderful writing – I feel like I’m there with you!

    • Terri says:

      When were you there, Janet? There are lots more stairs in store for us…but usually there was an iron banister. And I had a big strong lover with me to carry the worst of the luggage. You can pack light, but it’s still going to be too much 🙂

  5. Kerri says:

    Gorgeous photos, Terri. Those steps look brutal but what a lovely place! And gnocchi with smoky cheese? Holy yum. I can’t wait for more pics and more of your wonderful descriptions.

  6. Robin says:

    Love the idea of being invited in for coffee. That’s what travel is all about!

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