Buongiorno from Positano! Days 1, 2, 4 & 8

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
VIlla Cipriana
What I did
Church of Santa Maria Assunta Positano
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Monday, April 2, 2012

 On the day of arrival I sat quietly on my balcony with drink in hand and as I was digesting my long trek from Great Britain to this majestic city it happened, my first encounter with a local. Out of the moonlight I heard something pounce on the rooftop and then I saw white ball drop from the sky. No glasses or contacts on, I squinted at the sight.  A  dirty white cat slowly passed by  but not before it had a chance to say “CiaoooooW”. True. Word.  Serious. Maybe cats here speak Italian as well. Not sure but it was the first true local I interacted with so I said “Ciaoooow” back. It seemed like the right thing to do. I should mention this is not the wine speaking but rather my dizzy condition from the drive from Naples airport to Positano. Two buses later at high speeds, light traffic and harrowing roads- sheer cliffs and the smallest two lane highway I have ever seen – we made it! Sometimes when something is so genuinely gorgeous you have to work for it!
I should explain Positano is a vertical city. The city grows upward expanding from the church in the main square. The special part of this city is that it is divided into two cliffs and the homes, hotels, restaurants, and villas are literally built into the cliffs.  All of the above dwellings are pastel colored and if you take a few steps back on the beach you are mesmerized and in love. Take a few hundred steps up the vertical city you will be even more stunned and overwhelmed with breathtaking views.The beaches are rocky and dark but peppered with artists and sunbathers from all over the world.As a family we had to join in on the Positano Beauty. On our second day  we  took the family and walked through the sleepy village,  took a short nature hike to a secluded beach, and enjoyed feeling the warm breeze pass by. We continued that day taking pictures that could be in movie scenes.* It was a perfect family day minus the kids complaining about their calf muscles- ok that was me.
On the fourth day-a Sunday- we knew Italy was going to be slow and mostly closed up so we decided to try and enjoy the slow pace of the Italian lifestyle. Our plan was halted for a moment as we were quickly jolted out of bed as if a four alarm fire had been alerted- Church bells- ( Our villa was next to the church) Church bells,mighty powerful church bells - beautiful sounding once your heart  stopped pounding. After that it was all about sleeping, eating and a rain shower. It was a great fat day doing nothing but trying to be glutinous.
On the eighth day of our stay we did about the same as the fourth day. The only difference was Shane and I had a date night at Chez Black! Chez Black is the epicenter of Hollywood. This is where the famous and the good looking dine and hope to be spotted by the paparazzi. Chez Black is beautiful on the inside and sort of looks like you’re inside a yacht. On the walls are photos of famous people who have been there in the past and present. Denzel Washington is a frequent, Justin Timberlake, Hilary Clinton…etc..It’s an impressive wall if you love People magazine. (which I do!)  The restaurant is managed by a man who acts a looks a little like Deniro. He didn’t appreciate that I could not finish all my pasta; however, he quickly lightened up when I ordered desert. Food was above average and was the best in Positano. Our sitter was great! Angela who we rented out our villa from highly recommended Ornella and we used her twice! Plus she was a cool local who gave me all the juicy Hollywood scoop of Positano.
If I had to choose one word to describe Positano-breathtaking.  John Steinbeck once wrote, “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” I didn’t understand what he meant until now.
Ciao or Ciaooow for now! See you in my next blog where we visit Amalfi.
*Under the Tuscan Sun” & “Talented Mr. Ripley” were filmed here.

Also Bucca Di Bacco is great for take out- also much cheaper than if you dine in. Chez Black does only take out for Pizza.
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