This is a blog about our holiday to Europe in 2014. We started off our travels in Venice, where we began a cruise of the Adriatic and Aegean seas, ending in Rome. We then travelled from Rome to the Netherlands by rail, stopping in various places along the way. We are: Me - Gill, my husband - Grant, my daughter - Paula; my father - Neil and his partner - Astrid. We are South Africans, from the lovely province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our friends Lisa and Trevor joined us from the UK for the cruise portion of our holiday.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Salerno, Italy

Today we docked in Salerno.  Having done the Amalfi coast from Naples to Positano a couple of years ago, this time we decided to do the stretch from Salerno to Positano.

We were up bright and early, met our Rome in Limo guide, Stefano, and headed off for Ravello. As expected, it was a very twisty, turny road and hair-raisingly narrow in places.  I made sure not to sit right in the back today, to help with the motion sickness.

Ravello is perched high up with jaw-droppingly beautiful views.  It was very peaceful in Ravello and we loved ambling through the charming village.  It's the kind of place I would love to come and spend a weekend.  

We peeked inside a couple of really beautiful churches and there were lovely shops.  It was at this point in our holiday that we had a minor catastrophe when Paula tried to draw money, only to discover she had none!   Hmmmm the girl clearly didn't budget very well did she?!

Then it was off down the hill to Amalfi.  Amalfi was a busy, busy town but I liked it a lot.  We went off in search of a geocache and got a bit lost and ended up in passages under a beautiful church!  An amazing, if unexpected, experience!  We wandered the streets and dipped in and out of the shops.  Finally we found our way back to our meeting place at the beach.

Next up was Positano.  More windy, windy narrow roads, which do nothing for my nerves, but oh the views!  Too beautiful!

I absolutely loved the nativity scene at Praiano (pictures below)

We got to Positano and made our way down to the beach where we had a pizza lunch.  Having taken the beach shot that you simply have to do in Positano, we ambled back up the hill.  

The prices in Positano are ridiculous, so no shopping here!

Back in the car we made our way back to Salerno via a different route, taking in the Bay of Sorrento and Naples, with views of Vesuvius.

It was our last night on board, so we did our packing before having dinner with Dad and Astrid.  A glass of Prosecco helped ease the pain of knowing that our dream cruise was all but over.  Sob, sob....

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