A view of my world in Central Illinois and places we go.

A Return to Capri

I should qualify the title of this post. Until a couple of summers ago (2012), I had never been to Capri before. And I have not been back since. But, in an attempt to shake off some of these Midwest winter blues, I thought I would post some images from that trip and at least remind me of warmer days. I will credit Ron Scubadiver for his re-post of the same theme to get me thinking about this.

A group of ten friends took this trip to Italy. After a couple of days in Rome, we spent a week in Sorrento with day trips to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Positano, and Capri. Now, for those who have not been there, Capri is an island and a town on the island. A smaller town, located higher up on the island, is called Ana Capri (which appropriately and literally means “above Capri”). Ana Capri sports a ski lift which you can take to the very tip-top of the island – a little visitor center up there sells food and drink items and, luckily, has a bathroom. Here is a map, made from painted tiles, that I saw on the outside of a restaurant/pizzeria:

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We chartered a small boat, just large enough for the ten of us, and spent the day circumnavigating the island, then stopping in the Marina Grande below Capri (the town). By chance, we hooked up with a taxi driver/island guide that took us on a little tour of the island (he grew up there) and dropped us off in Ana Capri, waited for us to return from the ski lift, then took us back to the Marina. He knew what he was doing as we tipped him well, but you know, it was a memorable experience and we enjoyed seeing the island with him. It was a wonderful day and certainly one of the highlights of our trip. The island is beautiful and the views from above Ana Capri are once-in-a-lifetime (although I hope we can actually return in this lifetime!).

5 responses

  1. I am glad if I provided you with some inspiration.

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    February 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    • Ron, I had been thinking about posting something warm-weatherish and your post got me to thinking about it.

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      February 12, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      • It got up to about 50F here (10C) today, still much cooler than usual. I shouldn’t complain, it could be Atlanta.

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        February 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM

  2. Rodney D. Reid

    Really nice Al. thank you so much for sending this connection.

    Brings back some great memories (better than the bus ride back to Rome)

    Rodney D. Reid, AIA

    Reid Studio Architecture LLC

    1904 Byrnebruk Drive

    Champaign, Illinois 61822

    217.390.7403

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    February 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

  3. Rod, don’t remind me! When I assembled our photobook from this trip, I purposefully excluded the bus breakdown, pictures of the closed Monte Casino, and reference to the difficulty in getting to our hotel – none of which should have happened. It was just too painful to include.

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    February 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

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