Amalfi Coast – time to chillax again

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Feb 20, 2014

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Where I stayed
Hotel Grand Aminta
What I did

Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My hotel in Sorrento was up the hill and a bit too far out of town. There was an hourly shuttle bus in and out of town though and it did have nice views of the coast & Mt Vesuvius. Overall I think that Sorrento is a couples retreat and aimed at honeymooners and rich families from the UK to come holiday. I had imagined white beaches for some reason, but they are black/brown.

One of the guys that I shared with on the Greece tour was also in Sorrento at the same time, so I arranged to meet up with him for dinner on my first night, which was good. Nice food and a busy main square to do a lot of people watching.

My first full day was just one of relaxation – slept in, read by the pool, admired the view. I wandered around the many tourists shops in the evening, but not really into buying much (it's not like I have a house to decorate anymore!). Day 2 was a ferry trip down to Positano and Amalfi. I didn’t stop at Positano, but it was quite pretty pulling into the ferry stop; the houses just cling to the cliff. Amalfi itself is a tourist town and not a great deal to do or see. The Lonely Planet guide suggested a trip up to Ravello, which is 7km above Amalfi. Ravello was my favourite place and I was happy I finally found somewhere in this Italian trip that satisfied my expectations. A 'pinch yourself’ moment sitting at the bar overlooking the mountains and stunning coast below.

I missed the ferry back to Sorrento because the bus from Ravello to Amalfi didn’t show up. So that was a waste of 14 euro cause I’d already paid for the return ticket. I had to get the 1.5 hr bus. I really am sick of catching transport and worrying about whether it will show up, be delayed or not arrive on time. Looking forward to a return to routine actually. However Sorrento and the Amalfi coast does have more to offer and explore (e.g. Capri), so I might come back...maybe combine it with Sicily.

I journeyed from Sorrento via Naples back to Rome to catch my flight to Ghana. 3 trains. It was odd being in Rome. Of course I didn’t see any sights other than the train station. The reason it was so odd was because when I was last at this train station I was stressed to the max. It was October 2009 and I was running intensely late for my flight to Egypt. This time around I had a smile on my face most of the journey to the airport because I was on time and not stressed at all. Ahhhhh, for once in my life I am on time and not racing to the finish line.

Alitalia really is a crap airline. The boarding process was excruciating to watch. I was fortunate to be in an emergency aisle seat, so had heaps of leg room. The flight was 90% African travellers and man do they take a lot of carry-on luggage. Seriously, some of their carry-on bags were larger than my checked-in suitcase. And they are all trying to cram it into the overhead lockers. I said to one American woman that it would be funny...if we weren’t on an aircraft. Then there was the stopover in Lagos, Nigeria. I don’t know why, but I was worried about this. In the end, it was fine. Passengers continuing on to Ghana stayed on the plane while they cleaned it and then loaded it up with a full load of new passengers. I realised that the flight goes to Ghana and then back to Rome. On the 1 hr short flight from Lagos to Accra I sat next to a priest.

I think next break will be less travelling and more time in one place. But I’m very glad that I got to see Greece and some of southern Italy. My highlights of this trip were catching up with Tish and Keiran in Monaco and the Greek Island of Santorini. I type this entry while on the 4 hr trip back to site from Accra. Getting my mind ready for 6 weeks of work and catching up on the happenings of the past 3 weeks. Here we go....................................
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