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Travel Throwback: Amalfi Coast

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Travel Throwback is a series of blog posts based on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise that I took with Mike, my mom, and my brother aboard the Celebrity Equinox back in August of 2011. Back then I wasn’t blogging about my travel but luckily I kept a journal and took a LOT of pictures and I can’t wait to share!

August 28, 2011

After a day at sea we were all well-rested and ready for our last stop on this amazing cruise – The Amalfi Coast. Since there is so much to see along this beautiful stretch of Italian coastline we decided to go with a tour that would take us to Capri, Sorrento, and Pompeii. Our cruise ship docked in Naples and we boarded a small boat that took us on a very choppy boat ride to beautiful island of Capri.

Capri, Amalfi Coast

Bright boats on Capri, Amalfi Coast

The brightly colored boats and buildings gave us our first glimpse at the beauty of Capri before we boarded the funicular train that took us up through the lemon gardens to Capri’s Piazzetta or “little square”. The views at the top were gorgeous and definitely worth a stop for a photo-op!

Capri, Amalfi Coast

From the Piazzetta we walked along the old cobblestone streets and made our way to the @Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto). Not only is the garden itself beautiful, but the views here were breathtaking. The steep cliffs and the blue sea below are simply stunning; like Santorini, it’s the kind of image you see in travel magazines but never imagine seeing for yourself in real life. We strolled through the garden and snapped tons of photos before making our way back to the Piazzetta, grabbing some freshly squeezed lemonade and stopping at famed perfumery Carthusia on the way.

Giardini Augusto Capri, Amalfi Coast

Giardini Augusto Capri, Amalfi Coast

Views of ocean from Capri, Amalfi Coast

Giant lemons on Capri, Amalfi Coast

Dried Flowers Carthusia Capri, Amalfi Coast

We would have loved to spend more time exploring Capri but we were on a tight schedule and needed to make our way to our next stop – Sorrento. Sorrento is another gorgeous town with bright buildings, lush greenery, and narrow streets and alleyways that you could get lost in. After enjoying a nice lunch with our tour group we had a short amount of time to explore. We stopped in to a few of the small shops and then found a popular gelataria where we indulged in a few of their interesting flavors before hopping on a bus and heading to Pompeii.

Sorrento, Amalfi Coast

Statue in Sorrento, Amalfi Coast

Gelato Flavors in Sorrento, Amalfi Coast

Street Vendor Sorrento

Our final stop of the day was at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The city was mostly destroyed and buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and they are still working on the excavation of the city to this day. We first stopped at the famous cameo factory here before entering the ruins. At this point I was completely exhausted and was ready to call it a day, but I’m glad that I soldiered on. I would definitely recommend a tour guide at Pompeii as there is so much to see but no signs or descriptions of what you’re looking at. The number of artifacts they have been able to uncover here is very impressive, but some of them are a bit on the eerie side. For example, they created plaster casts in the empty spaces in the ash that once held human bodies so you can see the positions they were in when they died. Definitely creepy, but interesting nonetheless.

Cameo Factory Pompeii, Amalfi Coast

View of Mount Vesuvius from Pompeii, Amalfi Coast

Ruins at Pompeii, Amalfi Coast

Ancient Oven at Pompeii, Amalfi Coast

Pompeii Artifacts, Amalfi Coast

Body in Lava at Pompeii, Amalfi Coast

We had a long day on the Amalfi Coast but it was the perfect end to this once in a lifetime vacation. We made our way back to the ship and enjoyed one last dinner onboard, complete with plenty of buttery, garlic drenched escargot, as we sailed our way back to our Rome. This was definitely a very active vacation but it was a great way to see a ton of beautiful places in a short period of time. We were able to cross several items off our bucket lists while figuring out where we want to return to in the future-I’m looking at you Santorini! I hope you’ve enjoyed my travel throwback series, and if you ever have the chance to explore the Mediterranean it’s definitely a chance you don’t want to miss!

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Travel Throwback: Mykonos

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Travel Throwback is a series of blog posts based on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise that I took with Mike, my mom, and my brother aboard the Celebrity Equinox back in August of 2011. Back then I wasn’t blogging about my travel but luckily I kept a journal and took a LOT of pictures and I can’t wait to share!

August 26, 2011

After an amazing day on Santorini Mike, my brother and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on the ship that night and woke up the next day with slight major hangovers. Since walking around in the blazing heat was not appealing in the least, we decided it would be a great day to check out one of the beautiful beaches on Mykonos. My mom headed into Mykonos Town for a little shopping and sightseeing and the rest of us took a bus from the port to Elia Beach.

Lion + Maven | Mykonos

view near Mykonos Town

Elia beach is a short stretch of sand just a quick bus ride away from Mykonos Town. Lounge chairs and umbrellas line the beach and we were easily able to find a chair in what seemed to be a less crowded section. Elia is a very popular beach for the gay crowd as well as those that prefer to sunbathe nude so we found a great mix of people here. The beach was very laid back, most people just relaxing and taking in the sun-at least when we visited there was no loud music and partying like you might find at Paradise or Super Paradise beach. Although I would’ve loved to see more of Mykonos, this ended up being the perfect way for us to relax and enjoy the island-and now I have a reason to return!

Lion + Maven | Mykonos

Lion + Maven | Mykonos

Lion + Maven | Mykonos

Lion + Maven | Mykonos

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Travel Throwback: Santorini

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Travel Throwback is a series of blog posts based on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise that I took with Mike, my mom, and my brother aboard the Celebrity Equinox back in August of 2011. Back then I wasn’t blogging about my travel but luckily I kept a journal and took a LOT of pictures and I can’t wait to share!

August 25, 2011

We finally arrived at one of the most anticipated stops on our cruise-Santorini. Images of the white-washed homes and blue-domed churches are iconic images of Greece and can definitely lead to some major wanderlust, but there is no way they could possibly compare to seeing this stunning island in person. Once you’re gazing out across the caldera at the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean from high on the cliffs of Oia, it’s impossible to think of a more beautiful place in the world.

Lion + Maven | Santorini

There is no port on Santorini that is big enough for a cruise ship, so we took a small tender from the ship to the base of the cliff at the main town of Fira. Here you have two options to get to the top-the more modern option being the cable car, the not-so-modern option being the donkey. We opted for the donkey. (You can also walk up the steps that the donkeys use, but navigating through donkey droppings is definitely not the way I’d like to start or end my day on Santorini!) The cliff is very steep and the cobblestone steps aren’t exactly even, so the ride up is a bit of a nail biter. There are high stone walls that line much of the inside of the path and I was a little nervous because I was wearing shorts; bare legs+stone wall does not equal a good time. However, whenever my donkey got a little too close I pushed off the wall with my feet and was able to steer him closer to the center of the path. When my donkey started wandering towards the outside edge of the path I was definitely holding on for dear life, and I may have let out a yelp or two, but the donkeys knew their way and managed to stay steady (most of the time) as we made our way to the top.

Lion + Maven | Santorini

Lion + Maven | Santorini

Lion + Maven | Santorini

Once we made it to the top we were on a mission to get to the small, picturesque town of Oia. We walked 5 minutes to the public bus stop in Fira and boarded a bus that would get us there for €1.60/person. Keeping with one of the themes of this trip, the bus was packed, and when I say packed I mean really packed-like every seat taken and people standing in the aisle packed. Luckily my mom and I were able to grab a couple seats, but Mike and my brother were not quite as fortunate and they were among the standing. The bus wound it’s way along the narrow streets, barely avoiding all the 4-wheelers and mopeds, and after a 25 minute trip through the surrounding countryside we finally made it to Oia. The streets of Oia were just as packed with tourists as the bus, but once we caught the first glimpse of the caldera we realized that the crazy bus ride and all the crowds were well worth these breathtaking views.

Lion + Maven | Oia, Santorini

Lion + Maven | Oia, Santorini

Lion + Maven | Oia, Santorini

Lion + Maven | Oia, Santorini

Lion + Maven | Oia, Santorini

We walked along the marble-lined streets of Oia for a few hours, stopping into a few of the many beautiful shops and taking an obscene amount of photos along the way. Around every corner is another amazing photograph waiting to happen, I just couldn’t help myself! Oia is one of the most popular spots on Santorini to watch the sunset, but unfortunately our boat wasn’t sticking around that long so we took in as much as we could before hopping on the bus and heading back to Fira. As with Rhodes, I did some research on TripAdvisor ahead of time and picked out a popular restaurant in Fira called Mama’s House for lunch. Once again we enjoyed a delicious meal of Greek specialties coupled with cold beers and the warm Mediterranean sun! It was also my mom’s birthday so our server brought us a chocolate lava cake to celebrate!

Lion + Maven | Fira, Santorini

Lion + Maven | Fira, Santorini

Lion + Maven | Fira, Santorini

Lion + Maven | Fira, Santorini

Since it was scary enough coming up the cliffside on the donkeys, we decided it might be best to take the cable car going down. Big downside of the cable car-a longggggg line. Thankfully we had plenty of time to spare before our ship left, but if we had been cutting it close it would have been a pretty stressful situation. The area surrounding the cable car entrance is filled with shops, so I grabbed a couple quick souvenirs as we waited. 45 minutes later we were heading down the cliff (still scary, even in the cable car) and, at least for me, not saying goodbye to Santorini, but saying until we meet again! This was hands down my favorite stop on the cruise and I am intent on making it back very soon!

Lion + Maven | Santorini

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