It’s been a while since I talked about my European adventure. Since I am having withdrawals, I thought it would fitting to write about one of the most amazing places I have ever visited….Capri, Italy! (Fun fact, the proper way to say it is COP-ree.) This place is indeed, a little heaven on earth.
During my first trip to Europe, back in high school, Italy was my favorite stop, so I had anticipated I might feel the same this time around. I could not have been more right. When we arrived in Capri, my heart melted. It is the most picturesque place I have EVER seen. I literally felt like I had stepped off the boat and into a vintage postcard. The mountains are incredible, and unlike any mountains I’ve come across. The water is a brilliant teal color, and you can instantly smell the salt in the air. The beaches did surprise me…no sand, just rocks….but I got used them to in record time.
A one day stop during the cruise was absolutely not enough time, but it gave me a taste for Capri, and I know one day I will go back. To make the most of that one day, we started with a boat ride around the island. In my head I pictured us on a little wooden boat, hair blowing in the breeze, sipping some yummy Italian cocktail. In reality, it was HOT and we were packed onto a boat with 50 other tourists. But, we got a great seat that was unobstructed and had a lovely ride. (Side note, you can in fact be the person on that private wooden boat. That is, if you plan ahead to reserve the boat and are willing to pay a higher price. It is an option!)
I think this was the first time I have ever felt like I was truly in another country. To be honest, it felt like another world. It was so fun having the boat drive us into little grotto’s around the island, seeing the water just glow underneath. We saw the famous Faraglioni (three towering rocks), and yacht after yacht after yacht. Seriously, what do these people do for a living? I need to know where to send my resume. I could get used to floating on a yacht in Capri, no problem!
After the cruise around the island, we enjoyed the beach. Just like in Barcelona, the beach was pretty crowded, but still calm and peaceful. The water was so refreshing and it was fun to just float along in the sea. I forced myself to take a deep breath, capture the image, close my eyes and let it all sink in, in hopes that I could do that when I returned home and take myself right back there. Guys, it worked!! I can close my eyes, hear the waves, smell the sea salt and see the view just as I did there. Pretty good little meditation trick huh?
After soaking up some sun, and sulking a little since our time in this magical place was ending, we wandered through town with a yummy gelato. We browsed the little gift shops and took in some of the Capri lifestyle. All before heading back to Naples to catch our cruise ship, where we would be off to our next stop, Civittavechia. Not going to lie, I would not have been heartbroken to have missed the ship that day and been stuck in Capri.
Next time, I have some bucket list items…a tour of the Blue Grotto (we did not have time to wait the three hours we were told it could be), lunch in Anacapri, a cabana at one of the beach clubs, and the list goes on. But for now, I just say “until next time, Capri il mio amore.”
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