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5.19.09 Captivating Capri

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5.19.09 Captivating Capri

 

A lovely day in Capri!  (Emphasis on 1st syllable:  CAP ree)

 

Amazingly, we spent ALL our money in just ONE day.  But it was worth it!  Prices are for all 4 of us and include tips.

 

  • We took the train our Pompei station to Sorrento (12E round trip)
  • Walked waaaay down to the ferry port
  • Hydrofoil Sorrento to Capri (98E- yikes!  But Lia was half price)
  • Blue Grotto and Island Tour boat (38E-he said Lia was free)
  • Rowboat from the big boat into the cave of the Blue Grotto (more on that later)(35E).
    Island boat tour
      Italian lunch was delightful (35E). 
  • Limoncella, the Capri lemon-liquer (5E) is to be served straight up, chilled. 
  • Perfume from the Monestary using natural products from Capri (140 for 3)- very special!
  • Iced lemonades (6E for 2 drinks)
  • Funicular (a train to get up the steep cliff) was about 12E round-trip (Lia -free)
  • Pebbly beach playtime (free)
  • Hydrofoil back (Diet Coke on board 2E)
  • Walked up the hill in Sorrento
  • Train back to Pompei
  • Gelato at the shops lining the street (9E).
    Island boat tour
     
  • Laundry- 1 load in only a washer, line drying (3E). 
  • Did I miss anything?  Whew!  Wouldn’t want to do that everyday! 

But the experience was priceless!  Capri really is a captivating island and with the boat tour around it and the relaxing lunch, we really experienced the best.  I’d done significant research in advance, so we knew where to go and what was special, like the Perfume.  We girls are just thrilled with our perfume, which we had planned to get in Paris, but forgot to go to Caron and Sephora was just overwhelming along the Champs-Ellyses.  So this was a very special treat.  We also got to see the factory where the perfume is made! 

 

One more highlight:  The blue grotto is a cave that requires getting 4 people max into a rowboat, from the larger boat.

Island boat tour
  Then the rowboat pilot steers you up to three intimidating men sitting in a little boat, handing out tickets for 10.50E each.  When we reported US citizens, before going up to the tough men, our rowboat man grimaced.  I asked him why and he said, “Today you are from England.  I will get you a better price.  England.”  I didn’t say anything and he respectfully rowed up to the men, although it was a little hesitant, like we were approaching royalty and had to be invited up first.  It was all quite odd.  The three macho men never really seemed to focus on anyone in particular and we just sat quietly until our money was handed over and tickets were returned to our rowboat man who gave us the change and tickets.  He later said that Lia and Charles were half of the 10.50 E advertised price.  I’m telling ya, it was weird.  I’m not sure what power the macho men yielded, but they had it. That’s all I’m saying about that.

 

We then had to lay down in the bottom of the rowboat while the rowboat man pulled a chain and lay back himself so as to skinny into the cave.  Of course only one boat at a time could enter or exit.  Inside, the water was a neon blue from the sun coming into the cave and water.  It was an amazing view while our rowboat man did a figure eight in line with the rowboats ahead of us, several of them belting out Ol Sole a Mia inside the cave ��" I must say that our guy had a great voice!

 

Then we exited the grotto, listening to our guy talk all the while about the special tip we owed him.

Exceptional Italian lunch
  Having experienced this in Guatemala, I knew to wait until we exited to hand it to him so that we didn’t have to hear any guilt talk, although it was a healthy tip.  I told him, “Oh yes, you get us safely back to that boat and I’ll give you that special tip.”  Ha!  You just can’t go to Capri without experiencing the Blue Grotto!

 

We met many tourists today and enjoyed a couple from Dublin, many from England, and folks from all over, including the Florida woman with baby from the Napoli train yesterday!  It is a high end vacation destination and the people were very nice, fresh, new tourists.  We feel weathered and leathered by comparison, and not nearly as fashionable.  Ah well!  At least we smell good with our lovely Capri perfume!

 

Sorrento was very crowded with tourists, although it is a nice town.  If you’re going to enjoy the Sorrento peninsula, Napoli, Pompei, or Capri, then it is a perfect home base.

Capri perfumery

 

Pictures will have to tell the rest of the lovely story.  Capri is a stunning place that I’d love to return!

 

A fresh ravioli alfresco dinner at the RV was held in the lovely sunset.  Italy is a delightful place and we look forward to returning after Greece!

 

 

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Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Exceptional Italian lunch
Exceptional Italian lunch
Capri perfumery
Capri perfumery
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Island boat tour
Funiculare up the mountain to town…
Funiculare up the mountain to tow…
Walking Capri town
Walking Capri town
Buying fruit in Capri town
Buying fruit in Capri town
Testing the Bianco Caprese vino
Testing the Bianco Caprese vino
Lovely Capri
Lovely Capri
Capri perfumery factory
Capri perfumery factory
Capri perfumery
Capri perfumery
Capri town
Capri town
Iced fresh limonada
Iced fresh limonada
Funicular ride back down to Marina…
Funicular ride back down to Marin…
Water fun on Capri
Water fun on Capri
Water fun on Capri
Water fun on Capri
Heres our hydrofoil!  Back to Sor…
Here's our hydrofoil! Back to So…
The climb from Sorrento port to th…
The climb from Sorrento port to t…
Spellbinding Sorrento
Spellbinding Sorrento
Capri options for fun
Capri options for fun
Heading from Sorrento to Capri
Heading from Sorrento to Capri
Approaching the Blue Grotto
Approaching the Blue Grotto
Some macho men at the Blue Grotto
Some macho men at the Blue Grotto
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Capri funicular
Capri funicular
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Capri lunch menu
Capri lunch menu
Capri lunch
Capri lunch
Capri lunch
Capri lunch
Capri lunch
Capri lunch
Capri lunch
Capri lunch
Capri lunch
Capri lunch
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Capri
Capri path signs
Capri path signs
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Profumi di Capri
Profumi di Capri
Profumi di Capri
Profumi di Capri
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Capri
Profumi di Capri factory
Profumi di Capri factory
Profumi di Capri
Profumi di Capri
Nice shopping on Capri
Nice shopping on Capri
Capri funicular
Capri funicular
Leaving the Capri funicular
Leaving the Capri funicular
Capri funicular
Capri funicular
Capri beach
Capri beach
Capri purfume Carthusia
Capri purfume Carthusia
Capri purfume Carthusia
Capri purfume Carthusia
Capri purfume Carthusia
Capri purfume Carthusia
Sorrento
Sorrento
Sorrento
Sorrento
Sorrento
Sorrento
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photo by: Miranda-Maas