Foto Friday: Cat on a Hot Roof

Cat on a Hot Roof

A picture perfect Italy moment

If you’ve ever lived in another country long enough to feel like it’s your home, then you might know that funny feeling when you forget you’re actually living in another country. The Amalfi Coast has felt like home since the first time I visited here in 2007. But sometimes there are moments when I experience something or walk around a corner and see a beautiful site that it hits me all over again … I live in Italy! The photo above was one of those moments while out on my regular walk. The little three-wheeled truck in bright turquoise, the colorful flowers and the cat sitting right in the middle of it all. I love moments like these!

 

Winter Sunshine

Marina Grande Beach Amalfi

Glorious sunshine in Amalfi

There’s nothing quite like when the sun comes out in February after a rainy spell. There’s the warmth of the sunshine to dry everything out, but also that sense of spring on its way. It’s hopeful, warm and irresistible. And not just for the Amalfitani! We took an afternoon stroll in Amalfi this afternoon and had fun spotting all the people out enjoying the sunshine – tourists, locals, fishermen and kids playing soccer on the waterfront promenade.

Sunshine and Shadows in Amalfi

Sunshine and shadows while out walking in Amalfi

When the sun shines the best way to enjoy it in Amalfi is with a walk overlooking the beach and along the harbor. The water was temptingly blue, but still quite cold.

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Playing in the cold mountain stream water

Yet there were people wading along the water’s edge with their winter pants all rolled up. A few people were out on kayaks, too.

Marina Grande Beach in Amalfi February

Testing to see how cold the sea feels

But the really smart people had claimed a spot on the Marina Grande beach and were soaking up the sun. It was strange being dressed in winter clothes looking down on a scene from the summer!

Marina Grande Beach Sunbathing

Early sunbathers on Marina Grande beach

There were more people in Amalfi than in past weeks, perhaps couples taking advantage of the lovely weather for a romantic Valentine’s weekend trip to Amalfi. You’d have to know where to look, but the first signs of the coming busy season are starting to pop up here and there around town.

Sunshine on the Sea in Amalfi

Conversations on the beach

The sunshine on the steps of the Duomo had attracted a nice crowd of more urban sunbathers. It’s a good spot!

Piazza Duomo Amalfi

On the steps in Piazza Duomo

We’re a little starved for sunshine here, but that’s mostly because we’re so spoiled the rest of the year. But once February arrives … spring is around the corner!

 

Orange Sunrise on the Amalfi Coast

January Sunrise on the Amalfi Coast

What a view to find outside the window this morning!

This morning started in the usual way. Laying in bed I was already awake, as I usually am, and listening for the bells of the church next door to ring three times, three times in a row at 7am. Ding ding ding, ding ding ding, ding ding ding. Toulouse wakes up when he hears the church bells and meows. It’s time to start the day! Between making coffee for my husband and oatmeal for me, there’s a moment of chaos with our outdoor cats coming in and going out and Toulouse finding the whole process enormously entertaining. But there was something spectacular happening just outside the window, and I’m so glad my husband spotted it and called me from the kitchen to take a look!

Orange Sunrise on the Amalfi Coast

A glorious orange sunrise

I spied the view out the window and ran to get my camera. Forget the coffee … the cats can wait for breakfast … all I could think about was trying to capture the orange sunrise to share with all of you. What a sight and what a way to start a Monday morning! The day ended up being quite grey and the rain began again this afternoon. You never would have thought with the way this day started!

Amalfi Coast Travel Sunrise and Moon

A sliver of a moon high in the early morning sky

Wishing you a beautiful start to your week ahead! May it be as beautiful and peaceful as an early morning January sunrise on the Amalfi Coast.

Foto Friday: Sunset Over Ravello

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Ravello at Sunset

Watching the colors of sunset over Ravello

It has been a rather brutal week in the weather department on the Amalfi Coast, with seemingly endless rain and very strong winds. When the rain stops, I quickly lace up my shoes and head out for a walk. This is a view I caught last week while out for an evening walk, which seemed the perfect way to peacefully bring back the Foto Friday series on Ciao Amalfi. It has been ages since I regularly  posted photos each Friday, but it’s just one of the intentions I have for my blog this year. Wishing everyone a happy weekend ahead … with hopeful a great deal more sunshine than predicted for the soggy Amalfi Coast!

A Pastel Sunrise

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pastel Sunrise Over Ravello

Waking up to a colorful sky on the Amalfi Coast

I’m going to run the risk of offending all you night owls that may be reading and just say it. I love waking up early. There, now you know! The early morning is such a glorious time of day with the first light, the colors creeping across the mountains and the sound of birds fluttering about in their happy way. Before the noise and craziness of the day begins there’s a moment of complete peace.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pastel Sunrise Pink and Blue

Yawn!

This morning started a little earlier than usual, which meant I had a good look at Orion and the Pleiades in the dark, clear sky when I first opened the window. I took a look after breakfast and the sky had been splashed with pastel shades of pink and blue. Gorgeous!

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pastel Sunrise Sky

A watercolor sky

Everything was pink. Looking out to the Bay of Salerno even the sea was tinted pink. Usually the sky is a bit more orange during the sunrise, but I’ll take pink for a change.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pastel Sunrise Pink Sea

The sea tinted pink

Wishing you a beautiful day ahead … on the Amalfi Coast or wherever you may be!