Friday, July 28, 2000 Day 13
Today we ate breakfast and got ready to visit wonderful Amalfi and Atrani - homes of my grandparents. On our way we stopped to visit Cuomo's Lucky Store. Here we saw a demonstration on how inlaid wood is made. You can tell this is authentic inlaid wood because it comes with a certificate.
On to Amalfi, I've been waiting for this a long time. I wished we had a little more time here. On the way we stopped to see the panoramic "Bellevue of Positano" where you can view the unique village of Positano - a very wealthy community set like a jewel in the mountains.
This is one of the stands on the side of the road where we stopped to take the above pictures:
The Amalfi Drive was spectacular. Salvatore was a wonderful bus driver - boy could he manipulate the bus on these narrow roads. We arrived in Amalfi around 12:45. We had approximately 2 and one half hours here. I would have liked to have more time to explore but that was all we had. The next time I go I will spend a longer period of time here. When we got off the bus, we looked for Maria but I didn't see anyone who might be her so we went into Amalfi and went to St. Andrea's Cathedral. We climbed the steps of the Cathedral and went into the church. We saw the crypt of St. Andrew. I lit candles for my mom and dad. One of the statues of St. Andrea were donated by an Amendola family - I was wondering if it was any relation. See Pictures below.
Kathy and I walked to Atrani beeping our way through the tunnel. I forgot that if you go through the restaurant, you can go from Amalfi to Atrani and not fear for your life. I couldn't believe how small Atrani is. No one speaks English here. The beach is very beautiful. There are no rocks. Here are some pictures below:
We went back to Amalfi and walked around a bit and enjoyed the sights. We didn't have too long and we needed to get a bite to eat. One of the pictures shows us at the restaurant we stopped at. We only had time to get something quick so we had a salad. This restaurant is known for its Zuppa de Pesce but we didn't have time.
The beaches here in Amalfi are rocky. It seems strange that so close in Atrani, the beaches are sandy.
We boarded the bus around 3 and headed back to Sorrento. When we returned we napped, took a shower and went to this wonderful restaurant pictured below. I don't remember the name of it. We had manicotti, salad, brocchioli, and lemon meringue tarts. When we got back to the hotel, we played Scopa with Fran and Bob, Rose and Joe, and Jodie and Jason.