Jackpot of the Sea!

Trip Start Jul 22, 2010
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Trip End Nov 02, 2010


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Punta Chiarito:
http://www.puntachiarito.it

Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Monday, September 6, 2010

9/2 - 9/6:  Island of Ischea (off Naples coast)

 So, I've really been missing water, not the kind we drink - oh and by the way all the water i've been drinking is from the tap - which comes from nature, down the mountains.  I had read that Italy has many hot springs/thermal baths and each city i was in i couldn't seem to get to them as they were in areas that public transport didn't go.  So, when i had a couple days between Rome and my next farm, i decided to get crazy and go to an island off Naples that is known to have many hot springs.  You've probably heard of "the isle of Capri?"  Yeah, i didn't go there.  I went to what i would call the poor man's Capril - a neighboring island called Ischea.  This was my chance - hot springs AND the ocean!  I found a hostel online (now that i was an old pro at this hostel thing) and booked it for 1 night so i would at least know where i was going upon arrival.  

The ferry over was fantastic - it was late afternoon, so the sun was low and warm and lit the islands and bay of Naples with cheer and depth.  The smell and feel of the sea were just what the doctor order.  When we arrived to the port of Ischea about an hour later, it was so charming and laid back.  I immediately knew that it was a good decision to come here.  I hopped the crowded bus and hoped someone spoke English and could tell me where my stop was (the driver never does...it is challenging at times, but so far, so good with not getting off at the wrong stop).  The hostel was nothing to write home about, in fact, it had a slightly uneasy feeling, but it would do for a night or two until i could find somewhere i felt more at ease.
 
The next day i took a bus to Panza, the town near the most natural hot springs i could find info on (remember, this is a second world country...not much info on the internet, let alone places to get ON the internet).  It was a long charming road twisting down to the sea in the cove called Sorgeto.  This is where i laid on the end of the dock and let the waves wash over me.  Salty and refreshing!  Then i sat my butt amongst a large group of strangers in the hot springs where boiling hot water gushes up from the rocks, mixes with the cool sea water and you have yourself a steamy healing sulfur bath.  There were probably 25 people, but no one to talk with, no one to listen to - just me and mother earth.  It was fantastic!  On the way down to the cove, I stumbled (almost literally) upon a fantastic B&B with absolutely stunning views...check it out:  http://www.puntachiarito.it/indexuk.htm  I figured it wouldn't hurt to stop in and check prices.  The woman at the desk, Katerina (i think that is correct) was a charming, friendly lady who did her best job with finding me an affordable room for the next 2 nights.  I couldn't resist taking the chance to un-slum it for 2 nights at this place - it was so comfortable here...family run for the last 20 years and just such a positive feeling surrounding it.  They also offered something i had not heard of before, "half board."  This is where you get breakfast AND dinner...you choose from a limited diner menu during your breakfast and they are ready to serve you when you sit down for dinner - so cool and convenient, and GOOD. All for only 10 Euros more per night....totaling 75 for the most modest (but perfect) room.  So, that is about $100 a night - so worth it!   

One of the other guests told me about a wonderful thermal spa called Posidon where they offered about 10 different pools at different temperatures where you do a series of bathing to invigorate your heart and heal your wounds.  WOW, this rocked too!  I just can't believe how lucky i am to trip upon these wonderful and affordable experiences.  I do miss sharing them with other people sometimes, yet i find it really enjoyable to just be.  I completed the series of baths and then sat and ate my lunch (figs and peaches) out on the beach and napped while the ocean lapped with friendly waves.  

I truly loved Ischea, especially this B&B and didn't want to leave....but, since i HAD to, it was wonderful that a gentleman who frequented this place also happened to be leaving on the same ferry as me - 10:30 to Napoli and he drove me to the port, then he loaded his car on and we hung out on the ferry, speaking broken languages and enjoying the ride.  We parted ways after unloading his car - him to his job and life near Pisa and me to the train station to catch the next one to Pulicastro / Cilento for my next WWOOF gig - this one for 7 weeks (if all goes well)..........get yer boots back on girl....let's see what kind of learning we do next!

 


 

 
 

 


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Comments

Hanna on

Sounds like a great side trip. I am reading all your posts with great interest, and have picked at least one of your locations to add to my half written novel. Hope you don't mind if I learn vicariously! Hope the next gig is as interesting at the others.

auntie judie on

I will be on the next plane........how beautiful and relaxing it all seems. I also want to do the butt rub thing.....you were so right to take this journey. Love ya

Lori on

I am loving reading your posts. Loving it. You sound so happy and joyful. And, I must say I am just a tiny bit jealous. OK. forget the tiny bit. I am officially jealous. In a good way.

Carrie on

I would love this place...I can see why you loved it!

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