Touching the Clouds

 

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We’ve been having typical spring weather on the Amalfi Coast for the past week – a rather indecisive and confusing mix of rain and sun. I can’t decide whether it’s worth the risk to put the laundry outside, as one moment it’s gloriously sunny and perfect and the next it’s pouring. The wacky weather has brought with it some beautiful clouds though. Yesterday evening as they floated by I felt like I could reach out and touch them they were so close.

 

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Travel Inspirations: The World is Just a Passport Away

 

Some of us were stamped “traveler” when we were born, and couldn’t wait for the day when we could pack the suitcase, grab the passport and head out for adventures around the world. My good friend Lisa Fantino at Wanderlust Women Travel and I were certainly marked from an early age as travelers. I am grateful that we have met and been able to share so many stories and fun times together on the Amalfi Coast – a place that has touched both of us very deeply! Lisa has stopped by today to share some of her travel inspirations with all of you here on Ciao Amalfi.

If you’re visiting for the first time, I invite you to check out the other posts in the Travel Inspirations series where we’ve been off to Italy with Robin LockerNaxos, Greece with Mike Sowden, Hiroshima with Abigail King and  Australia’s Gold Coast with Cecil Lee.

Welcome, Lisa!

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When my friend Laura invited me to do an article on a place which has inspired me, the answer immediately was Italy. Yet, that is the easy answer for me these days. However, the Gemini creative spirit inside of me has been inspired by so many places but none more than England and Italy, probably equally. Therefore, I hope Laura indulges my whim and allows me the space to tell you why.

 

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 Along the ancient Via Cassia with Radicofani off in the distance

 

As a child my favorite dress was a frilly little red dress that had old luggage-style travel tags sewn onto the front, clearly indicating my future path to Paris, Rome and London. Paris never called to me but the other two cities did. This spirit of wanderlust to travel the globe was also fueled by a desire to meet every rock star in the universe and what better place to start my dual quest than London. It was my first trip overseas as a teenager, without my family, and it was FANTASTIC! I knew then and there that a semester at the University of London was a must. Living amid the ghosts of Dickens and the Ripper, creating a Victorian fantasy come-to-life, was my greatest creative inspiration for years and was bountiful fodder for my writing pursuits. (Publishers, are you listening?)

 

I am a native New Yorker but there is no city I feel more truly comfortable in than London. Believe it or not, more than 20 years have passed since my first visit and I still uncover new and exciting things to do such as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. I must plan ahead three months for that one!

 

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Italy, on the other hand, is in my blood and calmed me instantly with my first visit to Tuscany. The light there is unlike any other and the sweet smell of jasmine which permeates the air coupled with the feral rustling cinghalli lets you know that there is both beauty and danger in those hills. However, I lost my soul to the Amalfi coast and my heart has forever found a home there. It is a love story fused by the beauty of a place and borne of its people and a destination I will forever travel toward it for the rest of my days in this life and many others to come! I hope you will travel solo to find your soul’s home and seek adventure beyond your front door – the world is just a passport away.

 

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Sorrento’s busy port of Marina Grande

 

Lisa Fantino is an award-winning journalist and attorney and the creative force behind Wanderlust Women Travel and its soon to be launched destination wedding portal. She also writes travel features for MNUI Travel Insurance and blogs as Lady Litigator.

Spreading the Love…

Thanks to the new Travel Inspirations Series here on Ciao Amalfi, I’ve had some of my favorite writers around the blogosphere stopping by and sharing some of the places around the world (and here in Italy, too!) that have inspired them. Keep watching in the coming weeks for some great new additions to that series.

But some of you may have noticed my own posts have been a bit sparse this past month. No, no, I haven’t forgotten you, my dear readers! I’m just wrapping up what has turned into my busiest month yet with the travel writing. (All very good news, since that keeps me going here on Ciao Amalfi, too!) I have also been sharing my love of the Amalfi Coast with several guest posts over the past month. If you follow these blogs (and you should!), many of you may have already caught them there. But for those of you who missed them, here’s just a bit of what I’ve been up to this April:

 

 

 

Experiencing Italy: Windows on the Amalfi Coast over at Cherrye’s blog My Bella Vita.

 

 

 

Sunday Soul: Alone in Magical Amalfi, Italy over at Lisa’s blog Wanderlust Women’s Travel Dreams.

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Reasons to Head South to Campania at Danielle’s website When in Rome Tours.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Laura Travels over at Mike’s blog Fevered Mutterings.

 

 

 

And, for those of you who enjoyed the photos from my first trip to Paris, be sure to check out this article:

 

 

France Travel Series: Meeting a Myth in Paris at Robin’s blog My Mélange.

Spring Blossoms on the Amalfi Coast

This week has been the classic mix of the rain showers and glorious sunshine that herald the arrival of Spring. This is the time of year I don’t mind not having a car or scooter as walking becomes even more pleasurable an experience than usual here. Over the past few weeks I’ve made one of my favorite walks many times, each trip noting the blossoms and tiny leaves growing larger and brighter. While the sun was shining the other day, I took my camera along and photographed the blossoms along the way to share some of the beauty of spring on the Amalfi Coast here on Ciao Amalfi. Happy Spring!!

 

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Blossoms looking over Ravello

 

 

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Figs & architecture in Amalfi

 

 

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Blossoms and blue sky

 

 

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Wisteria with view of Pogerola

    

These wisteria photos are just a mere temptation of the beautiful blossoms bursting forth all over the Amalfi Coast. The wisteria is in bloom, and this is one my favorite events of the year here. Head over to Bell’Avventura where you can see just how gorgeous it is in Scintilla’s recent post Desperate Housewives on Wisteria Lane – Eat your heart out!

It is paradise!

The Weather Plays the Tricks on April Fool’s Day

 

It was a beautiful sunny morning. “Ah,” I thought,  “The first of April, and a perfectly lovely day for the boats to start running.” Standing with my morning cup of tea, I watched out the window as a boat surprisingly crowded with passengers headed into the port of Amalfi. Today the Travelmar Linea Intercostiera Amalfitana service started for the new season, with boats running between Salerno, Amalfi and Positano. Prices for these ferries are very reasonable (between €6-10) and the service is quick and easy – and not to mention an extremely beautiful way to see the Amalfi Coast!

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Feeling optimistic about lovely spring weather, I went to the desk to work, with thoughts of a nice afternoon walk in mind. But while I wasn’t looking, the weather pulled an April Fool’s Day trick on me. Before I could say “Pesce d’Aprile,” the clouds came. And then the wind felt left out and decided to come for the laughs. Raindrops were just falling on my head as I went out to bring in the mail.

 

Oh, well. Isn’t that just spring for you? Hope you all are having a trick free day. And watch out for becoming the Pesce d’Aprile!