Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
51Trip End Jul 26, 2011
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We took off (me gingerly for a little while until I got use to it) around the Sorrento tourist route - which had lovely vista’s through vineyards and summer flowers (especially bougainvilleas) until we hit the Amalfi Coast - it was breathtaking
Positano is split in two by a cliff bearing tower and is very photogenic place. We unfortunately didn’t have time to browse as we had to make it back for our ferry by 4.25 pm otherwise we would miss the boat sailing at 6.30 pm and we wanted to see more sights. We stopped along the cliffs at the many roadside fruit stores that have the hugest lemons you can imagine. We had a freshly squeezed lemon (Jenni) and orange (Lee) with those hand machines like yours Erwin and Di - delicious. He let us use his toilets behind the Oleander hedge on the cliff face!! The beach is not white sand but greyish sand covered by legions of brightly coloured umbrellas. The churches have ceramic-tiled domes.
We then arrived at Amalfi, again a pretty little coastal beachside resort and stopped here for lunch and to rest the saddle sore legs and derrières
We then rode up inland - high up in the hills above Amalfi to Ravello. There were some very narrow roads up here, and in some parts you had to stop at a red light for 10 mins while the cars coming the other way came through and then it switched. The benefit of riding mopeds is you don’t have to wait! Sharon and Leighton White had recommended this place - and we loved it, but couldn’t do it justice due to our tight time frame! We walked around the beautiful gardens and were mesmerised by the views - didn’t have time for afternoon tea in the restaurant on the cliff tops though! Next time!! It took us about 3.5 hours to ride to this point with stops and photos and it took us about 1 hr 15 mins to ride all the way back to Sorrento, drop the mopeds, and run down to catch the ferry - made it by 5 mins!! A little tight but well worth the adventure. It is definitely a place to spend a while and enjoy exploring - a week would be great!!
We had a wonderful sunset tonight over the Mediterranean. We also sailed past the Isle of Capri.
Allen asked how I fixed the lens. I tested after joining it back together with sticky tape. The focus does not work so put it fixed at infinity and usually take it at a mid aperture to get some depth of field. Not the greatest fix but worked.