Christmas on the Amalfi Coast
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
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4-door Lancia and then came to a quick standstill when we hit a mega traffic jam. Every time we thought it was finally clearing up we would end up stuck again. We decided it must have just been holiday traffic, but after two hours we had had enough and made a quick dash over to an exit. It may have been the wrong decision, it may have been the right one, we'll never know. But it did take 8 hours to reach our destination instead of the predicted 4. The drive was pretty nice though, and it took us up and down hills where we ran into snow on the edge of the road (and mud that Mike dropped Carmen's new bag into)!
After some bad advice from Veronica, our GPS, we reached the Amalfi Coast the road turned really wild
The rental we found was super cute and had a deck with an absolutely stunning view of the ocean. Because it was winter and the way the coast line was facing we actually got to see the sunrise instead of set. We arrived in the dark and stopped at the planned meeting cafe, but of course there was no pay phone in the whole village. Luckily the woman who worked their called the homeowners for us to tell them we had arrived. She told us to drive 1k past the tunnel and look for the woman in the road. Ok.... Well, we actually found her husband in the road, and he spoke a decent amount of English. Turns out we had to park the car 5 minutes away on the curvy road and lug our bags up 96 steps to the rental. Again, I think this would all be so much crazier in the summer when there is nowhere to park and tons of traffic.
The next morning when we woke up to the sunrise and saw the scenery around us we were in awe
On the days before and after Christmas we got to explore the winding coastal road and nearby villages of Positano, Praiano, Ravello, and Amalfi. We had an interesting experience one day when Mike and Peter helped pick up a car. Yes, I said pick up a car! These road are barely wide enough for two very compact cars so picture what it's like when the giant coastal bus comes through on its route and cars are illegally parked on the side (which they are everywhere, all the time)
On Tuesday it was time for Mike and Carmen to head back to Rome to catch their flight. We had such a great time with the two of them, but most importantly, it was so great to spend Christmas with people we love. Being without family for the second year in a row was tough, but these two made up for it. Thanks for coming guys!
See you for Part 3 and the last week of our Italian holiday.
Peter and Melissa