Moving on from Naples and Pompeii, Josh, Vincent, and I drove down to the Amalfi Coast (about an hour and half drive without traffic), for some fun on the beautiful seaside towns of southern Italy. My uncle Ted visited the Amalfi Coast about a year before we did and he said the roads down there are like death traps! When we arrived we were expecting one lane roads with two way traffic on cliffs overlooking the sea (similar to the roads on the way up to Belaggio. While it wasn’t that bad… the roads definitely aren’t for the faint hearted! We arrived on the Italian version of Labor Day (May 1st), so as you can imagine, we hit some major traffic trying to get to the coast. This was the second time on our trip that we hit Italian Holiday traffic- it added at least 30-45 minutes onto our trip to the hotel. But having lived in Italy for over a year at this point, we were used to traffic jams, and difficult driving conditions. This didn’t phase us, except I was worried little man would wake up screaming because it was getting close to feeding time for him.
The hotel we stayed at was a beautiful bed and breakfast in Atrani, literally walking distance from Amalfi. The owner called us to find out what kind of car we were driving- a few minutes later he was literally knocking on our car window after driving up on his scooter, he gave us directions to the B&B and helped us navigate. Our B&B overlooked Atrani and we had a beautiful view of the mediterranean right out of our bedroom. The balcony was enormous and we had breakfast out there each morning. The owner was very accommodating and even purchased a pack and play so Vincent would have a bed. When we arrived we were so happy to be out of the car and into the sea air that we decided to hang out on the balcony and enjoy the warm air and sun. The owner of the B&B asked that we keep the umbrellas closed when we weren’t there, otherwise the umbrella would end up on the beach and he would have a big fine.
As we sat outside that afternoon the sea breezes were nice for about five minutes…. We had the umbrella open to shield Vincent from the sun and were enjoying a little snack when, out of nowhere, a gale force wind blows up. Not wanting the owner to lose his umbrella and get a big fine, I reached for the umbrella to keep it from blowing away and over the balcony to the street below. In the process, the umbrella snapped in half and started falling towards Vincent’s little head waiting below. Mama bear came out at this point- I moved to grab the snapped umbrella and put myself over Vincent so he wouldn’t get hurt. In a split second the broken umbrella hit my head and cut open my ear while I screamed at Josh to get Vincent inside. Two seconds later it was all over. I was left holding the broken umbrella recovering from a small heart attack, Josh was inside staring at me like I was crazy and Vincent looked at me wondering why he was inside on such a beautiful day. I thought that umbrella was going to kill my little man- I couldn’t let that happen! The rest of the day I was battling a stinging ear and pounding headache. That’s my version of what happened with that little drama… I’m sure Josh would have a much less dramatic version.
Since I have become a mom, everything is like a death trap for my son… and I’ve learned I’m a mama bear. It’s a little silly sometimes and I have to tell myself to relax. Josh thinks I over react a lot… I’m sure all of you moms out there can relate.
While on the Amalfi Coast we took a lot of time to relax and enjoy the seaside without anymore drama. The best part of being on the sea is all of the seafood, the calming sounds of the water that lull you to sleep, and best of all- the salty, humid air. Being back in Minnesota with just cold dry air, I often dream of the smell of the sea, wishing I was there enjoying the sun on my face 🙂 While on the Amalfi coast we did make a trip up to Positano, and spent a lot of time in Amalfi shopping at the ceramic shops. More to come on that… But for now, here are some pictures from our first day in Atrani.