Day 14 - mid-afternoon
From reading the brochure handed out by Ernesta, we were arriving in Positano. Having been a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the 20th
century, this small village had now become a very popular destination for a large number of tourists since the 1950's.
OK!!! These were interesting facts that I was reading and let me tell you, they succeeded in arousing my curiosity and anxiousness of discovering the village's gems all by myself!
Stopping on a steep hill within a fairly short distance from sea level, we all got off the mini buses and by foot proceeded doing the rest of the way downhill on foot. There was only one way in reaching the famous secluded beach of Positano and it was by descending a stone paved slope plus many steps in between narrow alleys.
On our way downhill, beautiful clothing and souvenir boutiques were seen on both sides of these narrow steps which made it quite tempting to stop and browse around. But since I was anxious in arriving at the beach, I passed right next to these shops without even taking a second look.
Michel must have been quite proud of me or might have thought that I was sick or something but little did he know at that moment that I had every intention of shopping on my way back up! Hehehe!
The secluded beach was eventually reached after a good fifteen minutes or so in which I was immediately hypnotized by the beauty of the area. Not too many tourists or locals were at the beach at this time of day preferring much better to relax at the small cafes and restaurants located right along the paved boardwalk.
Since it wasn’t that cold, I could have taken my shoes off and walked barefoot on the white powdery sand just to feel the warmth of it under my feet but decided against it in order not to get wet! I was rapidly falling in love with this place and wished that I could stay here even longer. Sighhhhhh! Definitely a place to come back to!
Glancing around, all the multi-colored houses were built on the hill. A beautiful yellow church, the Santa Maria Assunta, with a big circular dome made of majolica tiles really stood out from all the other structures! What a beauty it was set up against the rest of the picturesque scenes.
By walking slowly along the boardwalk, the end of the beach was reached within minutes. What lay further ahead was big huge rocky cliffs where the sea’s waves kept crashing into. This was music to my ears as the warm breeze of the wind and the sun’s radiant rays kept me totally entertained.
We must have stayed here a good half an hour or so just relaxing and lazing in the sun! The tranquility of it all and the stunning postcard views were all that mattered at the moment. Life couldn’t get any better than this I said to Michel while daydreaming again!
We eventually made our way back up the hill by climbing steadily those hundreds of steps and slope. No, I didn’t count them, just guessing! Ha, ha, ha! On my way up, I couldn’t help but browse through several of the unique shops seen earlier.
While Michel stayed behind in the alley just waiting for me with his arms resting on his hips, there I was, according to him, spending more money on things for me! Ha, ha, ha!
And yes, I did buy something! A beautiful creamy color cotton top with multi-colored embroidered flowers! It was a piece that I just couldn’t resist because you see, for me this top represented the colors of Positano, plus the fact that I’m just a big spender! Hehehe!
Not forgetting Michel, I did buy him something……a delicious gelato! Now, he couldn’t say that I was cheap, right…..bought one for me too and we ate it while sitting on patio chairs outside a small cafe terrace!
It was 3:30pm when we left Positano and the same winding road as coming here was taken for our way back to Sorrento. I was leaving behind this small village which had left a mark in my heart…… amongst all the other villages and towns seen so far in Italy! Monique :-)