For those of you who work from home, or have in the past, you’ll know that weekends don’t come around every week like they do for many people. Sometimes there’s that extra project that comes in last minute. Or maybe you’re trying to catch up or get ahead. As a freelance writer, it seems like there are always a million things to do at any given moment. And they’re all probably things that I should be doing. Finding a balance between work and home life is essential, even on a day by day basis, and slowly I’m learning when it’s time to say, “Basta!” (Enough!) When the sun shines and the sky is temptingly blue, it becomes a whole lot easier to know when to say when. (Of course, in the summer that becomes another challenge!)
Saturday morning was splendid! Just a few weeks ago there was snow on the mountains, but we opened the windows to find the warm sun shining on the sea and the sky clear. Weekend it was! Walking around Amalfi it felt like spring, with kids out playing on the beach and mounds of winter coats, hats and scarves piled up on the benches and rocks nearby. With the nice weather, the morning errands took a bit longer and soon it was lunch time. The sun felt too warm to go back inside, so we stopped by the Lido delle Sirene restaurant behind the port in Amalfi and asked for something quick to enjoy out on their terrace.
The lunch that arrived was a wonderful treat … panini con polpette (meatball sandwich). With the warm sun and fresh breeze from the sea, for a moment it really felt like summer.
In fact, it felt like summer so much that we spent a hour and a half in the sun on the beach after lunch. This is the earliest my swimsuit has ever made it out of the wardrobe!
There certainly isn’t the same atmosphere as the busy summer days, but a warm early spring day like this somehow feels even better. After a winter of being cold, both inside and outside the house, it felt so good to stretch out and soak up the sun! And now I can tell you, spring is really just around the corner on the Amalfi Coast!
Lisa at Wanderlust Women says
I keep thinking if I lived with the view from your window, I too, would never want to work 🙂
That’s exactly why my desk is in the corner! 🙂
Well if that isn’t a rare point for global warming, I don’t know what is! Looks lovely.
Laura, I just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying your blog, which I only recently stumbled across. My boyfriend and I spent a week in Amalfi last August (I blogged a bit of our trip here http://bit.ly/hR19pv), and fell in love with the whole coast. Your blog is great for a little “hit” of Italy when I need it!
Ciao Ele! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I’m so happy to provide your dose of Amalfi Coast when you need it. 🙂 Once you visit, it’s hard to forget! I’m heading over to read about your trip in August now. Thanks!
How glorious!! These pictures just ooze warmth and springtime freshness. 🙂 SO glad you had such a beautiful sunshiny day. 🙂
Ciao Krista! It was so very welcome and a rainy winter this year! Today it was back to being humid. Those clear and sunny days are precious! 🙂
Hi ! You have a beautiful blog !
So we live in the same place 🙂 ! Yes, the Amalfi’s coast is fantastic.. there are a lot of particular places.. Have you ever been on the “Torre dello Ziro”? From there, there is a wonderful view 🙂 ( It’s upon Amalfi, you have to go to Pontone )
Bye ! 🙂
Ciao Silvia! So you live on the Amalfi Coast? It is great to know that people who live here read my blog, too! 🙂 Yes, I walked to Torre dello Ziro last June on my birthday. We had a picnic and the views were great! (I just had a busy summer and didn’t get photos shared on the blog.) Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comment!!
I love your blog and especially the gorgeous pictures. I visited Atrani last summer with a friend and we loved it so much we are returning this summer for a month. I wondered if you would mind telling me how the town is looking, five months after the horrible mudslide? I am hoping so much that everyone there is doing okay? I love the area so much and can’t wait to be back soon.
Kate (Washington, DC)
Ciao Kate! Thanks for your lovely comment! Atrani is such a beautiful little town, and I understand why you would come back again this year. The town is looking pretty good. The beach is about back to its normal shape and size, and I’m eager for the summer to begin and for things to come back to life. Last I heard, the main road leading up into town hasn’t been fixed yet from the flood damage. (There’s a big hole and you can look down to see the river stream below!) You can walk up, but cars still can’t drive up. Not all of the shops, bars and restaurants in the piazza have reopened. The food shop behind the fountain will not be reopening. I’m not sure about Osteria da Luisella or Bar Risacca, if they will reopen again either. Things are very quiet this month, but I’ll take some photos later this spring and get them up on the blog about how the town is doing. Thanks for the inspiration! Warm wishes from the Amalfi Coast!
Thank you for the update! I look forward to seeing your photos. Atrani is such a special place. I hope they get that road fixed so more people can visit and appreciate its beauty. Thanks again for the info!
Ciao Kate, I’m hoping for a successful and busy summer for Atrani! 🙂
Ciao ! Thanks for you answer ! Yes, I live in Minori.. 🙂 I was looking for sites which talk about Italy, because I want to improve my English..because I thought that things about my nation could stimolate to read .. so, I found your blog !
And I wonder that there was a blog on my coast..
Oh Great! You have been there 🙂 ! I think it’s the place with the best view of the coast 🙂 !
Ciao Silvia! Your English is very good! And you are smart to read in English … and reading subjects that you are interested in makes it fun. 🙂 Thank you for reading my blog!
We are also enjoying a taste of Spring here in Lazio but certainly not warm enough to be tempted into a swimsuit!
Sono capitato sul tuo blog per caso. Mi scuserai se ti scrivo in italiano, ma l’inglese lo capisco ma lo parlo molto male.
Io sono cresciuto in costiera ma per lavoro vivo a Milano ed è curioso che adesso mi ritrovi a vedere i “miei” posti attraverso i tuoi occhi ed il tuo blog.
P.s. ma le polpette del panino, le hai cucinate tu?
Ciao Massimo! Thank you for your very nice comment! Mi scuserai se ti rispondo in inglese … non scrivere molto bene in italiano. I did not make the polpette, but they were very tasty! 🙂
Se tu mi parli in inglese ed io in italiano credo che la conversazione sarà più rilassante per entrambi 🙂
Mi farebbe piacere continuare a parlare con te per conoscere la tua opinione sulla costiera..ma non tanto sui posti ma sul modo di vivere e la gente.
Mi raccomando, devi imparare a fare anche le polpette. Altrimenti che campana sei 🙂
Ciao Massimo! Yes, polpette is next on my list! 🙂
Celia Prosecchino says
This lovely post made me feel the warmth on my bones. Thank you Laura.
Ciao Celia! It was great to warm up down to the bones after the long winter! 🙂