“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world
To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.”
The Buddha -- Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C

Friday, March 23, 2012

Amalfi Coast

This is the most beautiful coastline that i have been to. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When i went there in May 2004 the weather was fantastic, pleasant temperature in the low 70s and the sky was always clear, blue with floating white clouds.

We stayed in Maiori

and made day trips to nearby town like Amalfi

I love wandering the narrow streets, looking up to see laundry being hang above my head

browsing the colorful store fronts

making stop for the sweet treats :-)

The quaint, charming little town of Ravello was a little piece of heaven, with wonderful views of the coast and lemon orchards. This gem of a town has been the favorite of many famous figures from all walks of life, here's a list in case you wonder who they are :-). I sure envy those who live there,

the blue of the sea and sky seemed to merge into each other

Two of the most famous spots on the Amalfi Coast are located in Ravello. One is the historic Villa Cimbrone, built in the 11th century, which were frequented by many artistic, literary, and political figures like T. S. Eliot, Greta Garbo, Leopold Stokowsky, Henry Moore, Jaqueline Kennedy, Winston Churchill ...

The other is Villa Rufolo with breathtaking view of the coast from it magnificently manicured floral gardens

See the lizard?

Did you see the lizard? ;-)

The volcanic soil of the Amalfi coast was great for growing lemons and the thick, juicy skins of these lemons are used to create a sweet and tangy liqueur called limoncello which is found everywhere, served chilled, so refreshing and great for the warm Mediterranean climate. Limoncello is usually used as an after-dinner 'digestivo'

Driving up and down the coast could be a hair-raising experience because the road was so narrow, barely wider than the width of two buses, but scenery is nothing short of spectacular! Slide show for large format

Hope to be back someday ...

1 comment:

  1. Yeah .. I was there last year ... didn't want to come back to the states .. sigh!