Italy Part 3: Positano

Positano!  My Pinterest dreams came true!  I had been pinning pictures of Positano for some time before we booked our trip and to see it in person was like that feeling I had when I went to Disneyland for the first time at age 10.  Hahaha.  All the pictures I had seen and blogs I had read about this fantasy of a place made my eyes light up and basically... when we got off the bus.. I ran all the way to the bottom with my hands up in the air like a child (except to stop more than a handful of times for photo op's). =)

Positano's iconic icecream colored buildings scale down a small mountainside all the way to the sea.  With many towns on the Amalfi coast, you wonder how the layout of these small towns were built?!  There's one main road where cars can come in and out of, but it's small slow moving.  Everything else are pedestrian walkways and stairs just like all the other towns on the Amalfi.  As much as I day dreamed about this place and all the things we would do - it's hard to hit all the good eatery's and gelateria's in one day and soak up the sun while exploring the cliffside!  So we took it all in and decided that what we really wanted to do was rent beach chairs and umbrellas and lounge, get tan, and swim.  If you're from a tourist destination like Hawaii then it was kind of like our turn on Waikiki Beach =)  

The umbrella chairs were amazing.  We lounged and when it got too hot we jumped in the cool ocean.  Leisure and luxury at it's finest.  We walked up and down the beach collecting little pieces of Italian beach glass, played with my GoPro... and did that on repeat.  I almost forgot what life without kids was like.  Don't get me wrong - we missed our 2 munchkins like crazy, but we definitely took advantage of this alone time together doing what we wanted to do when we wanted.

After a few hours we rinsed off grabbed a bite to eat and did a little more exploring while still in awe of the raw beauty of Positano.  


Italy Part 1: Sorrento

Being that this is my first written blog ever - I figured I'd start off with my most recent summer trip to ITALY!  I honestly can't get enough of Italy.  I took a trip with my Photography class to Europe (Italy was one of the countries we toured) when I was a senior in high school and it opened this small town (Kahuku to be exact) / island girl's eyes to a little portion of how beautiful our world is and all that I have yet to see!  I knew that I NEEDED to come back and see more!  I ended up going back to Italy to Study Abroad when I was 19 in a tiny town in the Marche region called Macerata.  It was beyond breathtaking and opened my eyes even more. Of course... I knew this wasn't going to be my last trip to Italy so celebrating my husband and I's 5th wedding anniversary seemed like the perfect time to explore more!

So here - first stop, beautiful SORRENTO!  We stayed at the ever so coastal posh, Maison La Minervetta, which I found Pinterest-ing my life away. I later confirmed it's legit-ness on Trip Adviosr... and hello... it was AH-MAZING.  It's located right above Sorrento's Marina Grande and has a private staircase of about 300 that leads straight down to it's historic beach community.  This stylish hotel has only 12 rooms, which is one of the reasons I picked it, aside from it's interior decoration.  Of course the decor is Italian coastal inspired.  There are bold colors of reds, whites, and blues, coastal stripes, sail boats, anchors, italian designed tiles, pottery, and dishes, etc. The hotel staff was so friendly and treated everyone as though they were family.  Definitely another perk of staying in a small hotel.  Big resorts can be fun, but attention to detail is much more enjoyable.

We actually only stayed one night then made our way to the Amalfi Coast the next day, which is where we wanted to spend the majority of our trip.  Because of our brief stay, we made it a point to make the most it!  We swam in their pool which had a panorama of Mt. Etna and Sorrento's skyline, sunbathed on the docks of Marina Grande, took a dive in the crystal blue sea, had an ono Italian seafood dinner then took a night stroll around Sorrento's main square.  Real Italian food is always a plus, but real Italian seafood takes the cake.  SO fresh, light, and full of flavor.  I could go on and on about Sorrento and Maison La Minervetta, but I'll let the pictures do more talking. =)  Ciao! xx

Bikini - Issa de mar
Dress - Cassandra Rull
Shirt - Matt Bruening