GO! Overseas picks Ciao Amalfi as #2 Blog in Italy!

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Yesterday morning I woke up to wonderful surprise in my email inbox! Ciao Amalfi was selected by the great website GO! Overseas as #2 in their list of  Top 10 Italy Blogs. A tremendous resource for information on teaching, studying and volunteering abroad, it is a real honor to be selected by GO! Overseas as a blog that gives readers a real taste of daily life here on the Amalfi Coast. If you’re interested in learning more about meaningful travel to Italy, or locations around the globe, I highly recommend exploring GO! Overseas. You can check out the The GO! Overseas Blog or find them online on Facebook and Twitter. Many thanks to the Andrew and Mitch at GO! Overseas for selecting Ciao Amalfi as one of their Top 10 Italy Blogs!

Grazie mille!!

Spring Cleaning on Ciao Amalfi!

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With the sun shining and summer right around the corner, I’ve been having feelings of “out with the old and in with the new” – the classic spring desire to freshen things up that brings on spring cleaning. Those of you who have been following Ciao Amalfi! over the past year probably remember that I planned a big overhaul of the blog last winter. Well, you probably also noticed that it didn’t happen. With a busy work schedule and nice weather coming, I can guarantee it won’t be happening until this coming winter. But, in the meantime, I wanted to freshen things up a bit around here. So, how does it look? Ready for the bright and sunny summer days ahead here on the Amalfi Coast?

I’ve received a few questions already about the header image, which is a ceramic mural located in and showing the village of Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast. Vietri sul Mare has a tradition of ceramic production dating back to the 15th century, so it’s only appropriate that the city should have a beautiful ceramic representation of its most important church.  The bright yellow and green dome and the campanile (bell tower) belong to the church of San Giovanni Battista, which has one of the most beautiful majolica tile domes on the Amalfi Coast. I’m not sure of the name of the other church depicted, but I love the procession of women carrying candles to the church.

You can read more about Vietri sul Mare on my ItalyItalia Travel Guide. It’s a city that few tourists really see outside the main street lined with ceramic shops. But there’s a lot more to see and enjoy, like discovering little gems like this ceramic mural that I just happened across while walking through the streets of Vietri sul Mare.

Blogging from the Boot Winner!!

 

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Thanks to all of your votes over the past week, this morning I am happy to announce that my post, Every Sunday Evening, was selected as the winner for the Buon Viaggio category in the Blogging from the Boot contest. You can find out all the winners here on the AffordableCallingCards.net website.

 

Congratulations also to Scintilla over at Bell’Avventura who won for the Paparazzi: Expat Photography category for her beautiful photos of the Pathway of the Gods above Positano. Go Amalfi Coast!!

 

Many thanks to everyone for the votes! I wish I could share my artisan chocolate from Perugia with all of you. Yum!

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!

Happy Blogiversary Ciao Amalfi!

 

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Throw your dreams into space like a kite
and you do not know what it will bring back,
a new life, a new friend, a new love,
a new country. – Anais Nin

 

One year ago I started my blog with this hopeful and honest post featuring the above quotation by Anais Nin. After throwing my dreams way out there over and over again during the past year, I have indeed met many new friends, created a new life for myself as a freelance writer and fallen in love all over again with the Amalfi Coast. It has been quite a year! I want to express my gratitude to my dedicated readers, many of whom have become cherished friends, and to those who have helped me so much along the way. Every day I am reminded in one way or another just how happy I am that I started Ciao Amalfi!

 

To celebrate the one year blogiversary of Ciao Amalfi, I want to give you all a peek behind the scenes about some upcoming changes here. I am in the process of redesigning the blog with a new domain name, and I hope to launch the fun new layout later this month. Since I don’t know at all what I am doing (don’t worry… I’m an expert at not knowing what I’m doing…) there might be a few bumpy moments as things get transferred and redesigned. I will be expanding and reorganizing my links during this time as well. Please feel free to contact me at ciao.amalfi@gmail.com if you have any comments, suggestions or links you would like to share. During the redesign process my regular features like Tempting Tuesdays and Sunday Shout-outs will be on hold. But don’t you worry, regular posts will keep on coming!

 

Happy Blogiversary Ciao Amalfi!!