Capri is paradise
Capri Travel Blog› entry 6 of 8 › view all entries
April 19th, 2008 – by: jenn79
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 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.
The entire experience made me think of Catalina - in the sense that Catalina would be a poor man's version of Capri.
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!
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