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Boats that took us to Blue Grotto
Today was my day trip to Capri booked through the hotel. I'd seen the trip to Capri through Viator before but it required a 48 hour in advance purchase and you had to print a voucher and other such nonsense. Thank god for Concierge desks, they were able to book my trip the evening before and it ended up costing quite a bit less at 110 Euro (it was advertised on viator for $270). I was absolutely looking forward to this experience as it gave me a chance to see another city in Italy, and one that was a little more relaxed and beautiful. Not that Rome isn't beautiful! Just beautiful in a different way.

Woke up at 5:45 despite chatting away on the phone until about 3am - you know who you are! The tour bus came to pick us up and off we went (actually that's not true but I'll spare you the boring details), stopping briefly in Napoli (which looks a lot like Porto since it's a port city) and then to the huge boat that would take us to Capri.
Capri
We were handed off multiple times from one guide to another, I think we had a total of 4 the entire way. Some were questionable in quality and others were fantastic!

Capri is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The water is a rich turquoise, the air is fragrant with lemon plants and the food is fantastic. There's a strange calmness in Capri that I envy. Perhaps it's the amazing vistas everywhere you turn framed by quaint roads and patios. Perhaps it's Vesuvius in the middle of the bay, quiet and peaceful for now. Maybe its the sweet, friendly inhabitants, of which there are 10,000. Whatever it is, Capri is gorgeous, selling quality goods, having all the comforts you can think of, and is proudly picturesque.

When we arrived, we were handed off to another tour guide named Tony but preferred to be called Papi.
A closer shot
He was the highlight of my entire week. Funny and chauvanist and brilliant - everything you would want in an Italian tour guide. Oh, and I bet he was close to 70 years old. After introductions, some quips and laughter, we were shuttled onto a small boat with a hot captain-guy to go to the Blue Grotto. Excellent news! Although the tour is called the Capri and Blue Grotto tour, I believe it is more often than not that this portion of the tour does not take place due to the size of the cave entrance, the waves and the direction of the wind. We were lucky enough to be able to go, but ended up queueing behind at least 5 boats of 50 people, so were baking in the sun and heat for over an hour in a rocky, unsteady boat.

The entire experience made me think of Catalina - in the sense that Catalina would be a poor man's version of Capri.
Inside the Blue Grotto
The basics are similar but the details and quality of everything are extremely different. We had amazing food, great vistas and some of the nicest shops.

Catalina is a 50 minute vomit induced dinghy ride away from Long Beach via the "catalina express". Capri is a 50 minute high speed luxury boat ride away from Naples, complete with airplane-like cushioned seats, flat screen and air conditioning.

Catalina has beautiful homes, visited by wealthy "famous" people such as Charlie Chaplin, James Cagney and Cecil B. DeMille. Capri has beautiful homes, some of which are owned by Gerber (of baby food notoriety), Ferragamo, and frequent visitors were King Farouk and Jackie O.

Catalina is famous because of its buffalo burgers. Capri is famous because of its limoncello.

Anyway, you get the point! Catalina is nice, but definitely a poor man's version of this amazing island of Capri!
Sheila_0808 says:
nice!! i want to there now!;DD
Posted on: Apr 29, 2008
sincitytraveler says:
Ooooooh how this brought back memories for me!!!! I'm so glad you experienced Capri. When I was there I didn't want to leave. I vowed to myself that some day if possible I would retire there. So funny you made the same comparison I did with Catalina...only I just went to Catalina the first time last April!
Posted on: Apr 23, 2008
vulindlela says:
That is so cool!
I am glad you got to go!
Posted on: Apr 20, 2008
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Boats that took us to Blue Grotto
Boats that took us to Blue Grotto
Capri
Capri
A closer shot
A closer shot
Inside the Blue Grotto
Inside the Blue Grotto
on Anacapri overlooking a beautifu…
on Anacapri overlooking a beautif…
View from Anacapri
View from Anacapri
Waiting outside the Blue Grotto to…
Waiting outside the Blue Grotto t…
inside the Blue Grotto
inside the Blue Grotto
My group and tour guide heading ou…
My group and tour guide heading o…
The waiter shimmied up to me to be…
The waiter shimmied up to me to b…
On a boat!
On a boat!
Capri
Capri
Entrance to the Blue Grotto
Entrance to the Blue Grotto
our hot boat captain!
our hot boat captain!
Antecapri
Antecapri
Almost to the Blue Grotto
Almost to the Blue Grotto
capri!
capri!
Capri
photo by: Miranda-Maas