Picture Perfect Almalfi Coast

Written By: Kim - Aug• 14•11

We spent our first day in Praiano just lounging the morning away. Ok, I was really doing a week’s worth of laundry for the four of us. But, I felt very local as I hung my clothes on the outside lines to dry. There was an incredible morning breeze and we enjoyed the local chocolate chip bread that our hosts brought for us. Did I mentioned the Lemoncello from the night before? That will put hair on your chest whether you want it or not. Holy cow. 40 proof indeed and I am not even a drinker.

The amazing thing about this community is the way that the locals really eat what they grow. Lemons, olives, eggplant, squash, lettuce, garlic, onions, herbs, plums, apricots, tomatoes….you get the picture. And of course the seafood comes in literally off the fishing boats. The only food items I have not seen locally are the cows, chickens and pigs. They are here somewhere in Italy.

©Mike Howard

After spending almost week with my hair in a ponytail, I was delighted to find an Italian blowdryer with the diffuser attachment for my curly hair. The men in my group did not quite understand my happiness. Even with your electric wall socket converter, American blow driers are just too strong to work.

On our walks we discovered beautiful gardens consisting of said fruits and veggies, but also of lovely plants and flowers. What a sensory delight for the eye and nose. You could not make this any more picturesque if you painted the scene yourself.

We spent the second day exploring the second beach access point in Praiano. Not quite as many stairs but still we got our workout. So all those carbs we are eating along with the daily gelato really don’t matter. We worked them off, so it seems.

The thing about living on a hill in a community that is literally sharing a wall or bottom space with you is that you see everything. We can hear conversations, although may are in Italian and German, but it is still comforting. The entrainment for us is sitting on the balcony enjoying the scenery especially because the television is in Italian.

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