My Island home... I wish...
Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
33Trip End Jun 30, 2008
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So today we say goodbye to Ischia... Sigh... I would love to come back, but part of me is also scared that if we leave it too long the place will just become another Capri... It is so close and charming that it can't remain undiscovered for too much longer. Outside of Ischia Porto the island is relatively untouched by tourism and the place just felt right, it was so relaxed, genuine and friendly. We were there 7 nights but it really feels like we arrived yesterday. We haven't really done much, just relaxed by the ocean, frequented thermal spas, eaten really well and gone on dissapointing day trips (shoulda stayed at home really)...
Our accommodation was brilliant, we had thought we were staying at a hostel but turned up and got taken to our actual accommodation, which was an apartment across the road from the sea and with a terrace that looked out over the mediteranian
In no particular order, my favourite moments on Ischia were:
1. Eating Ischia Rabbit at Mamma's Resturant - a local speciality that had to be ordered a day in advance... Twas good...
2. The boat taxi ride from Sorgeto to San Angelo - After hiking to Sorgeto (a beach with thermal springs) on our first morning we decided to catch a boat taxi instead of climb the 500 odd stairs back up the cliff side. It was the best 10 Euros I have ever spent... Without knowing what the hell was going on, we boarded what we assumed was a taxi, got driven to one boat in the bay and got thrown pasta???? After saying thankyou and thinking that was nice, we went to another boat, who took our pasta... But gave us drinks??? Then we picked up a group of people from the boat and took them to the bay... And only then did he preceed to drive us to San Angelo, all this was happening in Italian, without us knowing what the fuck was going on;
3. Cooking a pasta dinner and enjoying it on our terrace at dusk - dosen't get much better...;
5. Thermal Spas - When in Rome... Not really my thing but on an island that claims to have 100 thermal spas you sort of feel obliged... And I had Gaynor with me... However, they were good. We went to Sorregeto, a very expensive thermal park with numerous different pools, waterfalls and a private bay and some thermal 'showers' that were ment to be good for your skin. All were good in their own way; and
6. Swimming in the mediterranean - So clear and so warm... The only let down was the not so sandy beaches...
Ischia deserves a much better blog but I am currently sitting in Gatwick BA lounge and am flying to the hills behind Malaga shortly where I suspect wifi will be in short supply, so this will have to do.
Be seeing you all soon..
Both of us writing in one entry??? It's almost unheard of and must be exciting for all you blog-addicted individuals and serial procrastinaters (I won't name names but you know who you are). Tom feels that he has not done Ischia justice with his blog and has insisted on me writing something to substantiate his claims. So here goes...
I'm not going to write much because I don't want any Americans reading this and infesting what is such a beautiful place (I'm not sure if that counts as racism?!?) but what I can say is that I am so glad that we visited Ischia and it is definitely my favourite place so far (I've probably said that about lots of places...i'm a little bit impulsive). I really enjoyed the change of pace and the complete and total relaxation after what seems like an eternity of museum, church and castle visits. Although I am glad that I did them this was really my style of holiday and I lapped up every minute of it.
So if you are looking for a relaxing, beautiful and friendly holiday and don't mind travelling to Italy to do it I would recommend Ischia....unless you are American and enjoy tour groups....in that case it is dangerous, horrible and bug infested...DON'T GO THERE!!!! Stay in Capri where it is safe and you are able to purchase those Prada shoes that you can't live without...