We thought the ride from Sorrento to Positano was scary until we went from Positano to Amalfi.
The bus was pretty full when it got to us so we were jammed in and standing all the way. Wonderful scenery but sorry no photos as we were both hanging on for dear life as the driver threw the bus around the usual hairpin bends for half an hour.
Out of that bus and into another and off we went to Ravello.
Words can hardly describe Ravello.
1000 foot above Amalfi, perched on the top of a cliff, the beautiful Mediterranean stretches out below you.
Following the advice of Rick Steeve's Guide book and as it was lunchtime we tumbled out of the bus and went directly to the Garden Ristorante.
A perfect table for two with a view to die for and we were set.
The sun came out and all was perfect !
Lunch over we set out to explore further.
Through a tunnel and you arrive at a lovely square with a huge old church and cafés under shady trees.
The crowds are still light as the holiday season is not in full swing as yet - luckily for us.
It's a very pleasant scene.
After exploring the church - very old but rather bare - we plodded around till we found the directions for the Villa Cimbrone. Up many, many, many stairs and seven euros got us through the gate of this beautiful old building.
It houses a wonderful hotel- a favourite of Greta Garbo ( she obviously wanted to be alone in luxury ) - and D H Lawrence to name just two of the celebrities who loved staying here.
The gardens of the villa are very beautiful but the Terrace of Infinity was where we were headed.
Below us never ending terraces eke out as much space as possible to grow grapes and lemons as well as vegetable crops for the Summer especially tomatoes and courgettes.
Can you see that swimming pool down there?
If I had to choose a place I would go to stay if I had HEAPS (and it would need to be heaps) of money I think this would be my choice. It is spectacularly beautiful .
The trip home was a nightmare !
A film crew blocking one lane with buses going each way fighting cars to get by !!
We survived situations which had the whole bus applauding the driver when he managed to get us through without killing us and damaging the bus. Shouts of " Bravo ! " and cheering accompanied the clapping. We were living dangerously and enjoying it !
This bus driver was a star. On several occasions we scraped another bus ever so gently on one side while leaves and sticks rained down on us through the windows on the other side.
When he wasn't coming to a screaming halt after a near head on, he was swinging the bus round hairpin bends with absolutely no vision just a blast of his horn.
We held on tightly to anything we could and our knees and leg muscles got a good workout keeping us upright.
Forty- five minutes of this and we were finally at the Positano bus stop.
Thank God !!
Too tired to change and go out for tea tonight. I've been nursing a chesty virus all week and the thought of trekking up the hill is just too much.
Tony has gone up the hill to our fav restaurant for take away pizza.