Hello, friends! I’m back from our awesome Italy trip, and…er my gosh…I have so many pics to share! I’ve just started sorting through them (1200 of them to be exact, gulp) and plan to share several posts next week. But I wanted to share just a sneak peek today in lieu of my normal Friday round-up post. I was practically unplugged the whole trip (except for a few quick check ins here & there), and I think it was a good break for me. However, truth be told, it was a struggle to resist! I guess I didn’t realize there would be wi-fi everywhere. Even at some of the nice restaurants, they had “free wi-fi” signs posted out front (times have changed since I was last in Europe just three years ago)! But I stayed strong and refrained from any social media while I was there. Such a martyr, right?
Our trip started with two nights in Rome, a quick day trip to Naples (en route to Capri), two nights in Capri, and four nights in Positano. Unfortunately, although we arrived in Rome on the 8th, our luggage didn’t make it till the 9th (grrrr). I’ve never been so happy to see my luggage when it finally arrived at our hotel! Mind you, we had already trekked all throughout Rome in ridiculous outfits (me in yoga pants, Kevin in shorts/flip flops/baseball hat) that virtually screamed “dorky American tourists!!!” I wanted to stop people and explain, “I swear, I packed cute outfits!”…but, of course, resisted…
Instead we just kind of embraced the dorky tourist thing with no shame…
We did a TON of walking, cramming in some serious sightseeing in less than 48 hours in Rome, an intense pizza tour in Naples (more on that next week), and traipsed throughout the gorgeous hilly towns of the Amalfi course. Our fitbits claim over 5o miles were trekked…hoe-lee-cow!
Yeah, and some of that was done in the rain…the risk of traveling in October! Can’t you tell I’m being such a good sport about it here?
It was a good thing we did all that walking because…the food…I mean…where do I begin? LOTS to share on that next week…but let’s just say I left many-o-plate behind that looked like this…
And I had pizza with potato on it, which certainly must be in violation of some carb law somewhere.
And then there was the time my pizza was handed to me like a pretty little folded crepe…#onlyinitaly
Along with all the beauty that Italy has to offer, there are some quirks that can be charming, ridiculous, or frustrating depending on your mood and how long it’s been since you’ve eaten your last pizza…let me just start with the blowdryer situation. Let’s just say the Italians are big fans of the “hold down the button the entire time you’re blow drying” model. Not ok.
Or when you’re walking on the narrowest streets imaginable, and cars and scooters come zipping by like it’s totally no big deal.
And speaking of cars, there are completely silly ones everywhere, and no one even bats an eye.
Oh, and guess what! On MTV they still show music videos AND they have an amazing show called Geordie Shore that is just like the Jersey Shore, but with real Italians. I couldn’t understand what they were saying, but I could tell it was just as ridiculous as our version.
And then there’s the Amalfi Coast, which is just totally stupidly amazingly beautiful. People told me how gorgeous it was, and I’ve probably seen about a million pictures of it, but there’s just no comparison to seeing it in person. To walk those narrow hilly streets, to take in all the views…it’s just stunning. There’s going to be some massive picture sharing next week so, if you hate pictures of totally gorgeous scenery, then you should just avoid my blog till, say, next Friday.
PS…started this fun easy read while I was there, and am totally loving it!
I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll just be doing laundry, sorting through photos, and forcing myself to eat green leafy vegetables…Ciao!