Sunday Shout-out: Travel Dreams and Moonbeams

Every once in awhile in life you happen to meet a person that you know immediately will be a good friend. Perhaps you have shared similar experiences, perhaps you have either a little or a lot in common, or share similar interests, and sometimes all of those things. Anyone who blogs will agree that one of the great virtues of it is that it broadens your horizon for meeting people that you can connect to and communicate with about the ups and downs and just plain adventures of life. This is how I felt when I met Lisa from Travel Dreams & Moonbeams not all that long ago. If we didn’t blog, what are the chances we would have ever met? Lisa found Ciao Amalfi, and left a comment that started a dialogue that hasn’t stopped. What fun!

It is my great pleasure to share here Lisa’s fabulous blog Travel Dreams & Moonbeams dedicated to fine art of solo travel. Lisa’s excellent writing and adventurous travel spirit inspire me on a daily basis. In her words,

Travel Dreams & Moonbeams will be geared toward the truly independent female traveler, women not scared to take a chance, dare to dream, relish excitement, cherish time alone and excited to meet new people.

While she writes about destinations around the world, Lisa has a deep passion for Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. We have a lot in common in this respect! Over the past couple of weeks, she has been blogging about her recent trip to the Amalfi Coast, where we had the pleasure of meeting in Ravello on an extraordinarily beautiful day. It was a day that passed far too quickly! Don’t miss the following posts on her trip:

Wanderlust woman driving solo – Italian style!

With tips for women driving solo in Italy and her driving adventures on the Amalfi Coast. Let me tell you, this woman has some mad driving skills!

Wanderlust woman travels solo to Ravello’s Villa Rufolo on the Amalfi Coast

Great history and photos of one of Ravello’s gems.

Wanderlust Woman travels solo to find a gem on the northern Amalfi Coast

Looking for a great hotel on the Sorrentine Penninsula?

Also be sure to check out what Lisa is doing when she’s not traveling around the world at her law blog Lady Litigator. Grazie mille, Lisa, for all the wonderful writing and inspiration you share!

PS: And thank you a million red Skittles for bringing me the bag full of Skittles & The Wedding Officer all the way from the States. Sei forte!! (You rock!!)

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Giro d’Italia speeds through the Amalfi Coast

It was a perfect sunny day on the Amalfi Coast yesterday for the Giro d’Italia, and I was happy that those watching the race around the world saw the coastline and Campania at its very best. Yesterday morning a light and refreshing breeze blew away the humid and heavy air of the past week. I arrived in Amalfi just as the riders were going through Maiori, but the crowds in Amalfi were already waiting.

It wasn’t long before the police cars and scooters came through with their sirens and horns announcing the race would be arriving shortly. The first two riders, perhaps Facci and Krivtsov who broke away early, came through and got the crowd all excited.

Shortly after, the rest of the riders came speeding through all at once. I couldn’t believe how fast! They arrived and less than a minute later they were gone. . .

After all the cars carrying extra bikes, tires, and the television crews went through, a van drove through announcing the end of the race. Within a matter of minutes traffic seemed to be flowing normally through Amalfi again. I was on foot, so I am not sure how much of a problem the Giro caused for traffic yesterday along the Amalfi Coast, but it seemed to be over quickly. By the time I arrived at the nearest bar with a TV, the riders were in Conca dei Marini already!

With some time to spare, I headed down to the beach to enjoy the sun and the fresh breeze in Amalfi for a little while. Later, I watched the riders as they climbed Mt. Vesuvius to the finish line on the TV at the Gran Caffè, while enjoying a lovely glass of prosecco. Yes, I am definitely a new fan of the Giro d’Italia! You can read (in English) all about the day yesterday here at La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Giro d’Italia on the Amalfi Coast

Today is an exciting day for cycling fans on the Amalfi Coast. The 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia will take the riders today 164 km from Avellino down to Salerno, along the beautiful and challenging Amalfi Coast Road, over the mountains to Sorrento and along the coast until Mt. Vesuvius. What a ride! I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the Giro d’Italia, and I am excited to watch it go through Amalfi this afternoon. If you are close to the route today, here is a schedule of the estimated times the riders will be going through the cities. The action should be happening in Amalfi just before 3pm, and I will be there to cheer the riders on! Hopefully I will get some good photos and videos to post here this weekend. In the meantime, you can read about the Giro on the Amalfi Coast here at Positano News.

Last weekend we were almost run over by a sudden race that went through Amalfi on Saturday. A car came through honking and and was followed shortly by more cars, scooters and then the riders. The video below doesn’t capture just how fast they were going, which is really a bad idea without any sort of crowd control in Amalfi. As soon as there were long gaps between the riders, people who just arrived and hadn’t seen what was going on would start to cross the street. Yikes! There was one incident, but it seemed like both the rider and the pedestrian were okay. Good luck today to all the riders as they make their way from Avellino to Mt. Vesuvius!

Classic Cars in Amalfi

One thing many people don’t know about me is that I love classic cars. My first car was a 1966 Mustang coupe, and I just loved it. And, yes, I drove around listening to “Mustang Sally.” Unfortunately, I knew the snowy winters of Minnesota would do more than just slow that Mustang down, and I had to sell it for a more practical car. You know, one of those fancy cars with automatic windows and locks, a rear window defroster, and a heater that actually works. Gasp! It didn’t take long in Minnesota before I grew to love those new-fangled contraptions. But I still think fondly of my first car, especially when I watch “Un Homme et Une Femme.”

I was quite giddy last weekend when I stopped in Amalfi and found it full of beautiful classic cars! The Automotoclub Storico Italiano had stopped in Amalfi and took over the parking areas around Piazza Flavio Gioia during their Penninsula Sorrentina “Trofeo Marco Polo” from May 22-24th. So many beautiful cars! I wandered around in the hot sun trying to decide which one I would pick if I could. It is a fun game . . .

I have always been a fan of Jaguars, especially the wire wheels.

You can’t get more Italian than a Ferrari Testarossa,
but could you imagine driving this on the Amalfi Coast
road? Um, no, ma grazie lo stesso.

If you like quirky, then you would have to go for this
1984 Citroen Charleston.

In the end I settled on this beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider from the late 50’s. I decided it would be small and zippy enough for the Amalfi Coast road, and the convertible top was a must. Now that would be driving in style!

Spreading the Love: Saponissimo in Positano

Photograph: Saponissimo on Etsy

This morning I am dreaming of luxurious handcrafted soaps made with the fresh scents of Positano – citrus fruits, rosemary, mint, figs, and honey from Positano bees. Is there a more perfect way to start the day? Head over to Bell’Avventura and read about locally made soaps by Saponissimo. I am dreaming of the Crema di Limone above, and I will place my order before I head to Positano next. Everyone in my family can expect soap for the holidays this year! If you are in Europe, you can order here, or click on the banner below to go to Saponissimo’s Etsy shop:

Many thanks to Scintilla at Bell’Avventura for sharing her beautiful photographs and the information about Saponissimo!