March 26, 2012 (Day 20)
We sure do love staying at one hotel for 5 nights in a row. Breakfast was lovely again this morning sitting out on the porch in the sun. Today we decided to go for a little drive in the other direction from Positano over to Sorrento and back.
It turned out that this drive was really pretty short, but it was definitely the more scenic part of the Amalfi Coast drive, in my opinion. There were more flowers out and we could even see the island of Capri in the distance several times. Outside of Sorrento we found a lovely minor road that had very little traffic and I was able to go as slow as I wanted to. We stopped several times to see the sights. There are not as many pull-outs as I would have liked, but we made it work. We had the top down on our Smart convertible again today to let in all the sun. What a beautiful day!
The sun is out, the flowers are smiling, and the birds are chirping. We stopped briefly in a tiny town and found this unusual sight:
Soon enough we were back in Positano and this time since we were in the car, we decided to drive down to the pedestrian area and pay for the parking there. We can’t walk up and down all the steps every day. 😉 Since it is Monday, now, the weekend crowds have gone and it was almost just us walking around again. The shops were still open though and we poked around on the way back to the beach for lunch.
We picked a different cafe overlooking the beach this time and while Mark had a delicious pizza I loved my spaghetti with fried zucchini sauce. Oh, it was so yummy! While we sat eating, we saw them wheeling around the dessert cart, and we figured we had to splurge and have some dessert with lunch today. We sat for a while at this cafe, but the people-watching was much less amusing than yesterday. There were just less people walking about.
It was nice to drive back to the hotel up top, rather than climb all the steps again, and once again we spend a lovely afternoon relaxing on our porch, typing up blogs, going through photos, and reading. I spent some time researching a long hike for us to do tomorrow and Mark is trying to finish off Book 2 of his King of Thrones series.
I noticed how clear and blue the sky was after sunset (during what I call the “blue hour”) and the lights of Positano were amazingly pretty. We walked down to dinner stopping to gaze up at the stars, the moon, or down at the city lights. I didn’t bring my camera with me, but we just recorded the views in our memory. The thumbnail moon was setting behind the mountain and the sky was the deepest, darkest, blue you can imagine.
We had a long dinner tonight without any need to hurry and our walk back up to the hotel was once again littered with stops to enjoy the stars and the night. It’s funny, because we always seem to have our serious discussions at the very end of our vacations together. We talk about our goals in life, and where we might want to be in 5 years, and all that kind of stuff. We like to dream big, so it’s fun to discuss. But we always seem to get around to it at the end of vacation and before we depart to go our separate ways and never make any decisions. These kids of discussions are the ones that you can’t really have over IM or Skype. It’s these kinds of talks where we really miss being so far apart for 8 weeks. It will be hard to part ways again in a few days. We will look forward to the next 3-week rotation leave when we can once again spend time together and have all those wonderful discussions that are best had in person.
The night is beautiful, the sky is clear, we have a hike planned for tomorrow, and we are very happy with life tonight. Until tomorrow….