Ciao Amalfi is a Blogging from the Boot Finalist!

 

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I was so exciting to learn yesterday that my post titled Every Sunday Evening that I wrote last August about the weekly bocce games near my house was selected as a finalist in the Blogging from the Boot contest. This contest has been co-hosted by the lovely ladies Cherrye at My Bella Vita and Tina from Tina Tangos. What an honor to be selected as a finalist out of the great group of Italy expat bloggers out there!

 

Click here to read the entries and VOTE!!

 

There are three finalists in each of the seven categories, so there is something to interest all readers. My post is in the Buon Viaggio: Living and Traveling in Italy category. Voting will be open through Friday, February 5 at 5:00 PM, Italy time.

 

Thanks so much & happy reading!

A winter stroll through Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone

 

One of the pleasures of visiting the Amalfi Coast in the winter is the rare chance to visit some of the most beautiful spots without having to wonder how many tourist photograph albums you might have ended up  in around the world. Sunny winter afternoons are one of my favorite times to stroll through Ravello and enjoy the views from the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone.  This coming summer when the gardens are in full bloom I promise I’ll take you all on a proper tour through the Villa Cimbrone. But in the meantime, grab your cameras, wrap a scarf around your neck, and let’s head down the Avenue of Immensity . . .

 

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At the end of the long pathway is a beautiful building with a statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest. At sunset the view is absolutely striking. 

 

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Ceres watches over the steeply terraced land surrounding Ravello where grape vines and lemon groves bask in the warm sun.

 

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Just steps beyond Ceres is one of the most spectacular views you’ll find on the Amalfi Coast. This terrace is very appropriately named the Terrace of Infinity. And it really feels like you can see forever . . .

 

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Returning back in the gardens, you’ll soon find this charming Temple of Bacchus.

 

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While the gardens in January pale in comparison to their splendor during the spring and summer months, there were still a few bursts of color dotting the landscape.

 

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Little reminders that spring is coming soon to the Amalfi Coast!

 

 

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Winter afternoons in Ravello

 

The other day it was sunny so we went to Ravello to enjoy a walk and poke our noses around the Villa Rufolo gardens to see how they trimmed their hydrangea. The gardener there does wonderful things, so I try to learn as much as I can by observing the beautiful gardens. The hydrangea in my garden now look a lot like this:

 

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Not far from the Piazza Duomo in Ravello is the Church of San Francesco. Following the walkway that leads to the Villa Cimbrone you first see the campanile, or bell tower, of the church.

 

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Then you reach a beautiful atrium with the entrance to the church. I’ve walked through here many times, but the church has never been open to visit.

 

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Although Ravello was practically deserted this winter afternoon, we did find the church door open and ducked inside to take a look. It was a beautiful and very well-preserved interior. The church was empty, so we walked around for awhile looking at all the paintings and the architectural details.

 

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On either side of the apse above the altar there are beautiful paintings showing scenes from the life of San Francesco. Between these paintings there is a grate that likely served as a window for cloistered monks. I’m  not sure about the story for these particular windows, but they were interesting to see.

 

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You never know when you’re traveling in Italy when you’ll stumble across an open door and find little treasures like this church. Continuing along toward the Villa Cimbrone, next to peaceful terraces of sleeping vines, we hardly met a soul while enjoying the quiet beauty of Ravello in the winter.

 

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I did say that we hardly met a soul.

 

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Today it’s raining again, but when the rain stops wintertime on the Amalfi Coast is truly magical!

 

 

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Paris is always a good idea.

I know you movie fans will remember that scene in Sabrina where she says “Paris is always a good idea.” (Or at least you will if you’ve seen it as many times as I have!) Well, last week I went to Paris for the first time, and now I can agree with Sabrina. Paris is always a good idea. Here’s what I’ve been up to while I’ve been away from the blog:

January in Paris is wonderful! We even had a light dusting of snow, which only added to the romance. I will share more stories here in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the slide show of photos from my trip above, and please do leave a comment with your favorite Paris memories. I would love to hear them!

À bientôt!

Sea Green

 

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Last week we left the rain and clouds of the Amalfi Coast for a little vacation in Paris. (Pictures and stories coming soon!) While we were disappointed to return to still more rain Sunday evening, Monday morning greeted us with glorious sunshine. In Amalfi, the water shimmers in beautiful shades of sea green and bright turquoise during these cold and clear days of January and February.

 

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This is certainly one of the treats of being on the Amalfi Coast during the winter months!

 

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Today we’re enjoying another day of sun (I’m getting caught up on vacation laundry!), and I’m ignoring the news that more rain is in store for us this week. Today it’s all sun!