Night Location: Amalfi, Italy
Song of the Day: No particular place to go - Chuck Berry
Mumisode of the Day: Mum went swimming today, without her glasses. She waved at a random Italian, thinking he was Dad.
Today was another relaxed day on the Amafi Coast. We sat in the square at our favourite 'La Pansa' and drank cappuccinos watching the people swarm. The locals stand in the front doors of their shops and watch the tourists walk past. It has a very holiday kind of feel. We are very glad that we are not part of one of the big tour groups.
We decided that today was the day for Positano, so we bought ferry tickets. A few boats arrived at the wharf that alarmed Amber with their swaying gang planks but luckily for us, our boat had a more secure arrangement. The sea was perfectly flat and calm. It was fantastic seeing the coast from the boat, a much calmer way to travel between the towns. There is definitely a lot more space to pass.
The limestone caves overhead are just cavernous. There is one section of the cliff that is completely tunnelled out with houses perched above. Not the most reassuring address we have decided. Eventually we rounded a point and there in the distance was the familiar sight of Positano. Compacted down on two sides of a gorge with brightly coloured houses, it is just beautiful. We definitely understand why it is the most photographed town on the Amalfi Coast.
When we stepped off the boat, there was such warmth in the air. The beach with its daybeds and umbrellas for hire were to our right, hotels and houses up the cliff to the left, and the winding cobbled paths lined with street stalls and clothing shops beckoned us ahead.
David took us on the walking tour of Positano. We wound up the steps to the church, then up some more steps into an arcade with bougainvillea growing overhead. There is fantastic shopping here: beautiful clothes, jewellery, ceramics and shoes. Conveniently, as Dad pointed out, there are 'man' seats out the front of most of the stores.
We wound our way right around the top of the town. Gemma bought some handmade leather sandals, where the owner of the store was making them right in front of us. We stumbled across another delightful eatery. It had a balcony that overlooked the rooves of the houses below and out to the sea where you could see little boats bobbing up and down.
Once again, the food here was fantastic. Gemma is a bit obsessed with the Caprese salad. Amber, David and Dad tried the bruschetta - so much better with just simple tomato and herbs and divine olive oil, and Mum had an omlette.
Just the other side of the eatery were a hidden set of steps. We decided that we would take the challenge and try and get down to the town this way, a little bit concerned that we may have another repeat of yesterday with blocked roads. Down and down and a little more down we went. Amber was able to get another fantastic all-in photo with us all lined up down the stairs.
We finished the day in Positano with another lemon granita, sitting in an aptly named cafe, 'Le Breeza.' The wind really started to pick up here by the end of the day, and the boat ride back saw some interesting hairstyles for all of us.
Returning to Amalfi we did a bit more shopping and then it was time for a swim. Even Mum decided that she would get in; it is definitely on the warmer side here!
We are about to head out for dinner to a little restaurant called 'da Gemma.' We decided we definitely had to go here, given its awesome name! Off to Capri tomorrow.