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Amalfi Drive


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Next was to drive down the Amalfi Drive which I wanted to see, although I knew it wouldn't be terribly interesting for my grandson. I wanted to recreate some of the photos I took in 1964.
Looking down from the Amalfi Drive in 1964

Looking down from the Amalfi Drive in 1964


But in 1964, I was in a bus which was higher up in relation to the roadside barriers.
An attempt to replicate the 1964 photo

An attempt to replicate the 1964 photo


Fenced off town

Fenced off town


Looking back at Vesuivus

Looking back at Vesuivus

We drove all the way down to Amalfi through Sorento and Positano and back.

Horseshoe shaped beach

Horseshoe shaped beach

Ferry dock

Ferry dock

Cliffs

Cliffs


100_4902.jpgBeach in the spring

Beach in the spring

Cliffs and jetties

Cliffs and jetties

Bridge over the road

Bridge over the road

World War I memorial

World War I memorial

100_4911.jpgNarrow town streets

Narrow town streets

100_4915.jpgFlowering trees in the spring

Flowering trees in the spring

Flowering tree

Flowering tree

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Statue of S. Antonino Abbate, patron saint of Sorrento in main square

Statue of S. Antonino Abbate, patron saint of Sorrento in main square


Hillside near Sorento

Hillside near Sorento

100_4932.jpgRocky edge

Rocky edge


100_4942.jpgRoad between walls

Road between walls

Tractor trailer - turning or making a delivery

Tractor trailer - turning or making a delivery

Rock cliffs

Rock cliffs


We stopped a couple of places to take pictures
Star fruit stand

Star fruit stand

Down to the town

Down to the town

Town

Town

100_4957.jpgBeach below

Beach below

100_4959.jpgLooking down into town

Looking down into town

Big beach in the spring

Big beach in the spring

Positano Beach

Positano Beach

Zoomed to look at the building

Zoomed to look at the building

Watchtower

Watchtower

Church on the hill

Church on the hill

Positano

Positano

Street into town

Street into town

Terraced hills

Terraced hills

Short tunnel

Short tunnel

and then went for lunch at a fancy place with a view. The main thing in favor of this place is the view and location.
6884e5b0-92eb-11e8-b76d-ef0e653d3a07.jpgMy grandson at the restaurant

My grandson at the restaurant

Ceramic bowl on the table

Ceramic bowl on the table

View from the restaurant

View from the restaurant


Zoom shot of the view

Zoom shot of the view


View from the terrace

View from the terrace

View from  Conca dei Marini

View from Conca dei Marini


Looking down at the sea

Looking down at the sea


Here there were no hamburgers so I ordered Linguine con gli scampli del Tirreno (flat spaghetti with scampi),
Linguine con gli scampli del Tirreno

Linguine con gli scampli del Tirreno


and Fusilli all'ortolana con provaloa agerolose (home made pasta with vegetables).
Fusilli all'ortolana con provaloa agerolos 16€

Fusilli all'ortolana con provaloa agerolos 16€


I ate the pasta with vegetables and my grandson ate the spaghetti which had almost no sauce. Neither one of us liked the scampi which were sort of soggy. Again we had the cover charge for the bread, and my grandson ate most of it.
Looking up at the hotel from the restaurant

Looking up at the hotel from the restaurant


We ate lunch at the restaurant but did not stay at the hotel. The least expensive single room in the low season with breakfast is € 89,00. The prices are per person. There is a private car park and the bus stop is near the hotel.
The restaurant bathroom

The restaurant bathroom


After I used the bathroom, we did a little shopping at Allerè Art shop café - the store that was there- and had the things shipped to my daughter. Things were shipping promptly, but there was a problem with the delivery when they left notes while my daughter was out of town. Then they called me and of course I was several states away. They were going to send the stuff back to Italy until I protested They had decorated ceramics, coral jewelry and shells. Also food items and wine. I got some ceramic astrological sign items and also this lobster.
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My son-in-law liked the lobster so much that he kept it instead of giving it to the person it was meant for.

Looking back

Looking back

Grapevine terraces

Grapevine terraces

Wisteria

Wisteria


Cave

Cave


End of the quay in Amalfi

End of the quay in Amalfi


Tunnel

Tunnel


100_5038.jpgCemetery up on the hill

Cemetery up on the hill

Amalfi statue Flavio Gioia

Amalfi statue Flavio Gioia

Amalfi

Amalfi

Looking uphill

Looking uphill

Positano and no blowing horn signs

Positano and no blowing horn signs

Church above town

Church above town


Lizard we saw on one stop

Lizard we saw on one stop

.We got down to Amalfi about 2:30. Max was complaining about being sleepy and about how difficult the road was to drive. I wasn't very impressed.
Wisteria

Wisteria


He stopped a couple of times to get out and walk around.

Max our driver

Max our driver


a9d7ff60-92d3-11e8-b8b1-512f71165d00.jpgThe bell tower of Église Santa Maria Assunta et littoral in Positano

The bell tower of Église Santa Maria Assunta et littoral in Positano

Fence near Castellammare di Stabia

Fence near Castellammare di Stabia

Castellammare di Stabia
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Castellammare di Stabia 5054


As we drove down the Amalfi Drive, I saw a lighthouse which according to the signs on the fence was in a Zona Militare/Divento di accesso which I interpreted to mean - no trespassing.

I think this is the Castellammare di Stabia which is at the southeast corner of the Golfo di Napoli only three or four miles south of Pompeii. When I first saw it, I didn't have a chance to take a picture, so on the way back, I was keeping a lookout for it. The lighthouse is located on the Via Panoramica overlooking the town and harbor
Vesuvius ahead

Vesuvius ahead


Toll booths

Toll booths


When we got back to Naples, he basically got lost and could not find the dock because he said they had one of the roads blocked. So we actually got a short tour of Naples by accident.
Scooter on the Naples trolley tracks

Scooter on the Naples trolley tracks


Signs in Naples

Signs in Naples


New Castle at the end of the street

New Castle at the end of the street

Closeup

Closeup


We were back on the ship by 5 and the latest we could be on it was 5:30. When we left the port, I went out and took some photos.

As we were leaving the Port of Naples, I saw the lighthouse at the end of the breakwater.
352084423990716-Molo_di_San_..ain_Naples.jpgMolo di San Vincenzo Light

Molo di San Vincenzo Light


This station at the end of the mile long Mole di San Vincenzo, the main breakwater for the harbor of Naples was established in the early 1900s, but this actual lighthouse was built after WWII. A taller tower was destroyed during the war. It was inactive for a time in the 70s because it was damaged by a storm, but has been reactivated. It is a striking red painted round masonry tower with lantern and gallery, painted red with white trim. The lantern dome is gray metallic. It does not appear that one can walk the mole. Site and tower closed. The statue is of of San Gennaro.

When I looked at my photos from 1964, I realized that I had an old photo of this same lighthouse as it was then.

Molo_di_San_Vincenzo_Light_in_1964

Molo_di_San_Vincenzo_Light_in_1964

Vesuvius at dusk

Vesuvius at dusk

The steward made a towel elephant.
Towel elephant

Towel elephant

April 3, 2008 - Sea Day

It was a bit rough and rained some that night.. I went to lunch in the dining room and did get to share. My grandson I think ate up in the buffet. I had three appetizer/soup/salad and a dessert with no entree.
Tropical fruit medley with coconut sherbet appetizer

Tropical fruit medley with coconut sherbet appetizer


chilled granny Smith apple bisque, and
Assorted Garden Greens

Assorted Garden Greens


for lunch and
macerated berries in Grand Mariner Sauce (133 caloriesc-ooking light)

macerated berries in Grand Mariner Sauce (133 caloriesc-ooking light)


We went up to dinner early, and shared with a single man who was in line with us.

The steward came back and made this little animal for us out of a washcloth
Towel squirrel

Towel squirrel


We tried to pack the night before we got to Venice but my grandson's bag developed a split in the seam that was about 5 inches long because he pulled too hard on the zipper to close it. I tried to sew it shut with a small sewing kit that I got on the last trip I took, but I wasn't very satisfied as it was a small needle and not very strong thread. I wasn't sure it would survive the baggage handlers at the airport. So I borrowed a roll of duct tape from the front desk.

Tomorrow is Venice

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:09 Archived in Italy

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