Okay, if you are not planning a trip to Italy, skip this post, however I’m writing it because I have received a lot of requests for the details.
Here are some highlights of our trip to make a note of if you are travelling where we did:
Well first we went to Spain for a week and the hotel in Seville was here. It included breakfast in a lovely atrium in the middle of the hotel. This was the entry (below).
Real Alcazar de Sevilla, A castle and beautiful gardens to explore (below).
Historic hotel in Barcelona. Simply gorgeous breakfast room and outdoor dining area (below).
The best not-to-be-missed attraction in Barcelona is La Sagrada Familia
The story of how this fabulous building is being built is extraordinary. And it’s still not finished. They are projecting that it’ll be somewhere around 2026 which will be 200 years after they started!
The interior was not nearly as fabulous as the view but still charming, and the downside was the location, which was a 10 minute drive from downtown Capri. If you don’t have a car it was relatively easy to flag down a taxi because there’s only one way to get up and down from the Marina Piccolo which was closer to this location.
Views from the Air B&B
A lovely little hotel in Praiano that one of my readers suggested, thanks so much!
I was disappointed with the first room we were given, (I sometimes think hotels give you the worst rooms first just like restaurants will try to give you the worst table if you’ll take it) because it looked nothing like the photos online, but they graciously gave me another room when I asked.
There is not much to do in Praiano which is a 20 minute walk from the hotel so unless you plan on boating or hanging out by the beach, I wouldn’t stay here for more than one or two nights.
The most beautiful spot by the pool (above) did not have umbrellas which made no sense to me (the trees in this image on the website are long gone).
A lovely hotel right on the beach with another beautiful breakfast room (below). Great location if you don’t want to navigate stairs constantly, which is what a trip to the Amalfi Coast is all about!
Photo by Maria Killam
I received so many comments to go to this hotel, and of course it was totally sold out (and wow like $3000 euros per night anyway) so I made a dinner reservation for us and this is me (below) in the water taxi from our hotel.
Our reservation was for 8:00 pm and we arrived at 7:45 much to my chagrin because the outdoor cocktail lounge area was simply divine. Make sure you arrive by at least 7:00 pm so you can enjoy it before dinner.
When I asked to move to a better table once we were seated, the maitre’d told us that since they opened way back in the 70s, they have guests that return every year and want the same room and the exact same table as well. So that’s when I realized there was a ‘tourist’ section of the restaurant and we were in that category, haha.
We went back to Capri (and cancelled our plans to stay somewhere in the Amalfi Coast because we were worried it would be as remote as Praiano was) after my Mom arrived and the next day we chartered a boat for the day which was amazing, we swam in the grottos and had lunch in this gorgeous location only accessible by boat (below). Definitely a once-in-lifetime kind of day.
It was sitting in this restaurant that I realized why anyone would buy an elaborate bathing suite cover up. Whenever I see them in stores I think to myself “Why? Just to walk down to the pool at a resort and then take it off? Seems excessive”.
Well, it’s called boating life. Every single woman in the restaurant was wearing a cover-up (below) because you basically get off the boat, have lunch and get right back on.
And maybe I haven’t stayed in enough high-end resorts where naturally, if you were having lunch while lounging by the pool you would do the same.
Hey, remember the post I wrote about rain showers in Europe and how impractical they are if you don’t want to wash your hair? Well here I am at the Spa underneath a rain shower, and see how my hair is wet? That’s why it’s hard if you don’t want to get your hair wet, haha.
We booked this hotel last minute so we didn’t get a room with a full view but it was a lovely resort.
However it was remote, so again you need a car to go anywhere unless you hire a driver.
The view at breakfast (or lunch or dinner) was this (below) though so that was beautiful. Here is Terreeia and my Mom enjoying the view.
Terreeia Rauffman and Hellen Junttila
We loved this little town in Tuscany where they are known for making all kinds of gift items and jewelry out of Alabaster. These are some ruins of the theatre.
I bought some alabaster fruit and a few other items that cost 90 euros and then 85 euros to ship. But still highly worth it when you average out the cost per item.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
What you need to know about this very popular attraction is that there is no ancient village to explore beyond the Tower of Pisa. Just a bunch of touristy shops and tents.
My Mom insisted that I take a photo of her in front of the tower. “How would anyone know we had really been there?” she declared, haha.
Okay so that pretty much wraps up the highlights and best details of the trip to help you out in case you’re doing something similar.
If you have any other questions, post them in the comments and I’ll try my best to answer them!
I’m home for an entire month before I have to get on a plane and I’m pretty happy about it! Summer has kicked in here in the West Coast and it’s just gorgeous!
Hope you are enjoying your summer!
PS. The update on my luggage (cause people keep asking) is that it was never returned by the airline. It was lost when we arrived in Naples from Spain at the beginning of my 3 week trip.