Taking the Plunge

Marina di Praia Beach Praiano Amalfi Coast Travel

That’s me. Hand flung in the air, skin anticipating the rush of cool, salty water. That moment before the splash is really the best–worth it all–where anticipation hovers mere seconds before satisfaction. That’s me. Figuratively speaking, of course, as I’m not really one to fling myself off of anything into large bodies of water. But here I sit ready to take the plunge back into blogging and developing Ciao Amalfi into the website that I have envisioned. Many different streams of interest and thought have been coming together in my mind. Although time is limited, my passion for writing about the Amalfi Coast can no longer be on hold. Things have started to move. And how could they not? When the water is oh so tempting …

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Autumn Reflections

 Autumn Colors in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast

Autumn glory in Ravello at the Hotel Parsifal

It has been hard to know what to write. Tomorrow will be three weeks that my husband has been sick, and every day I hope he will be feeling better. We’re thankful that it’s nothing extremely serious and we’re anticipating a full recovery. It has just been very tough and very slow. On the days when I have had the chance to even think about writing something here–between trips to the farmacia, waiting for doctor visits, taking care of my husband and desperately trying to keep up with work–it has seemed dishonest to write without any regard to what is actually going on my life.

While I can’t look at these autumn photos I’ve taken recently without remembering what I was doing and the worries or hopes of that particular day, when I do look at them they also remind me that in the midst of everything there has been time to see the beauty around me. That’s one of the reasons I take photos. I suppose, in a sense, it’s one form of mindfulness. Refusing to get caught up so much that I’m not brought to a standstill to admire the rich colors of the autumn leaves, a pile of crates filled to the brim with grapes from the harvest or the early morning glow of the sunshine on deep red vines. And so I share some of these mindful moments and their beauty. Yes, they definitely do help.

Amalfi Coast Travel Autumn Wine Harvest

Time for the vendemmia on the Amalfi Coast

 

Amalfi Coast Travel Autumn Scala

Autumn hues in Scala

 

Amalfi Coast Travel Autumn Leaves

Crunch crunch crunch …

 

Amalfi Coast Travel Autumn Colors

Early morning sunshine on deep red grape vines

 

Amalfi Coast Travel Scooter

Last days of help from my trusty old friend before it gets too cold