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Amalfi coast Italy

Dad's 60th birthday celebrations

sunny 34 °C

After a sad farewell to Amsterdam and our great friends there we finally set off to meet the muller family in Italy for a week of 60th birthday celebrations.
we met debs and bruce at schipoll and flew to naples. From there we Rented a car had a great drive from Naples to st. agata which was the closest main town to our villa. The beautiful villa we stayed in was situated in a place called massa lubrense. It was so unspoiled and off the tourist track. At first we thought we had meet up with the location but it turned out it was in a perfect location and close to Sorrento and Positano.

We explored the whole area and really got a good feel for the coast line. We rented 2 cars and did beautiful drives to Ravello,Amalfi town, positano and sorrento. The best town out of all those was ravello which had stunning gardens and views.
Driving along the Amalfi coast was an experience in itself, the roads are so narrow and windy and we had a few near accidents with the buses that scream round the corners. Byron rented a fiat panda witch besides for no leg room and scratchy seats was the best car as you couldn't have any bigger. Dad got a Opel station wagon which got stuck down the narrowest road in italy and then the clutch burned out on the last day which added a little drama to the holiday!

Besides for the hairy drives we did some beautiful walks. It averaged about 32 degrees everyday so we really sweated out some calories on these walks. Coming from amsterdam summer to italy is quite a shock to the system!
On the one walk, the guys (derek,bruce,richard,byron) decided to take a different route and hiked up a very steep mountain. After not returning to the house to the house for a few hours mom,debbie and I started to get worried. When they finally came back byron had cuts all over his leg and we learnt that the guys panicked because dad was struggling so byron sprinted down the mountain to get water for him. He knocked on a few houses' doors and the "friendly" italians said no. Nice people!

2 of the best days we had were being on the water. Franco our guide took us on his boat to Capri for the day. Saw some beautiful caves/grottos, swam a lot, had a stunning lunch and then went up the cable car on Capri.
Then one another day we rented explored rubber duck that was captained by Peter Muller. We explored the coast and snorkeled, it was great!

Our family love to eat!!! We ate on average 4 gelatos a day. The best ice creams  places that we samples were in amalfi town and in rome on the last day. We ate loads of delishous  pasta, pizza and sea food but the best was the caprese salads. Fresh buffalo mozzarella and juicy red tomatoes for me are by far the best dish we had at all the restaurants.
We had 2 great dinners at the villa where the head chef (Derek) and the other male chefs made us great sword fish and a fresh tuna salad!
Up the road from our villa was a little jem of a bar/restaurant that we stumbled across when trying to by onions.  The owner Enrico and his wife laura cooked us the most amazing "home cooked" italian meal. The meal was very organic, everything we had they grow in their garden and they even killed the chickens we ate that morning especially for us! It was awesome. We ended up going back to enrico's for coffee and croissants and a few glasses of his home made lemoncello! He they invited us to his daughter's 10th birthday party for cake and lemon cello. Debbie bought her a present (hand bag, hair clips and sweets) which was her best present and she was so happy!

All round it was a fantastic week with family, what a special time. Thank you so much to Dad and mom, we are very privelaged to start our trip in such style!
The only disappointments were that we searched for Jennifer Anniston's boat (who was there according to the press) and we never saw her and that Italy lost the euro final!

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Posted by karenandbyron 08.07.2012 22:20 Archived in Italy

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