Have you ever been so set on something that it constantly occupied your thoughts, conversations, and even dreams?!
Arriving in Positano, Italy in 2009 was a dream come true for us. It was by far one of the most incredible and memorable trips that we have ever been on.
When we found out that we were going to have the chance to make the trip we were absolutely ecstatic. We spent the months prior to our journey glued to travel books and the internet, learning everything we could about Italy so that we wouldn’t miss out on anything once we got there. We researched hotels, activities, restaurants, and cool local spots to visit. We even invested in Rosetta Stone and other Italian language books to prepare us for the language barrier. While we did find quite a few great recommendations and tips on Italy, we spent most of our time before the trip drooling at too-perfect-to-be-real photos of the little Amalfi Coast jewel known as Positano.
From the moment we discovered that a place like Positano existed we became completely obsessed with it. We knew we had to get there and see it for ourselves, so we planned our trip around a one week stay in Positano.
The photos are astonishingly beautiful, yet they do not even begin to do the place justice. You can drool over gorgeous photos like we did, but you have to go for yourself if you want the complete experience.
For us, looking back at these photos conjures up memories beyond just the visual sense. When we look at these pictures we remember hearing the hustle and bustle of the local markets and the waves crashing against the beach at night. We remember the taste of hand crafted pasta and the smell of all natural tomato sauce with fresh basil and garlic. We also remember the feeling of the tiny pebbles under our feet as we walked on the little beach and the refreshing feel of cold ocean waves misting us as we took a ride on a tiny boat around the coast.
Colorful houses hug a cliff that overlooks the sparkling turquoise ocean. We spent a lot of time just hiking around the the town, exploring and taking in views like this one.
To us, Positano had it all…the food was unbelievably good, the weather was perfect, the air was clean, and the locals treated us like family.
Can it get any better than that?!
Each day we had a new adventure. We took a few day trips to the nearby towns on the coast and loved everything we saw almost as much as we loved Positano. We either traveled by bus or boat. And by boat always turned out to be the most scenic route! One of our favorite excursions was to the beautiful Isle of Capri.
One night we went out to Music on the Rocks, a unique nightclub that is literally inside of a cave and is only open (or dry) during the low tide season (summer). We met some great friends and had a sweet time dancing all night!
And during the day we spent time on the beach of Positano where you won’t find one grain of sand… Positano’s beaches are pebbled which was SO cool. We had never seen a pebble beach before and loved searching for pretty colored sea glass. We each brought home a little bag a sea glass to remind us of our trip!
We never wanted to leave this little piece of paradise. It’s truly a piece of heaven on earth and we cant wait to go back. Positano will always hold a special place in both of our hearts because it was the first place that truly sparked our passion for travel. However, we are determined to keep traveling and searching for new places that will fuel our interests and passion for the world.
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We are going to start doing “Person of the Month” posts where we will post a photo of an interesting person we’ve met or seen during our travels!
This month’s feature is a man we met in Sorrento, Italy along the Amalfi Coast.
He has a unique little shop that sells his handmade paper… but this isn’t your typical note-taking paper, this is chili pepper paper maché!
In addition to this super cool vegetable-growing paper, he sells an assortment of one-of-a-kind paper-mâché creations…
If you happen to be in Sorrento, make sure you check out this friendly man’s local shop, Arte E Carta, and stop to watch him make some of this awesome paper-mâché!Read More
Whenever we go on a trip, we try to take part in some sort of activity or sport that we normally wouldn’t back at home. Here a few we have tried out:
In Australia we took surfing lessons at Point Leo, Victoria. It was so much fun and we caught quite a few good waves… Check out some photos:
Do you like our cute wetsuits?
There we are on the right learning some surf moves with our “beginner” group before heading out.
That’s Laura in the middle catching a huge wave. The sharks can’t catch us!
Here we are after becoming pros out there in those 40 foot waves. Notice our hat heads from our helmets.
Next time we plan on hanging ten ;)
In Tybee Island, Georgia we rented some awesome paddle boards. If you don’t know what a paddle board is, it looks like a surf board, except bigger and you usually don’t have to catch a wave to stand up. You stand and paddle! Check out our experience:
Here we are ready to go paddle boardin’… “Watch out, Ocean!”
Defying the seas. (Okay, it’s a lot harder than it looks)
After a few struggles and falls, we got back up again..
Paddlin’ away to the Pacific.
Yep, we went kayaking on Tybee Island, too!
This was a lot of fun!
This is our whole kayaking group.
See those green marshes in the background? Yeah… we kayaked through that ;)
Another time we went to Tybee Island we rented these awesome mopeds. It’s so fun to ride these around a little beach town/island like Tybee.
In Positano, Italy (favorite place we’ve ever visited, by the way), we rented a pedal boat! It was so fun to just pedal out to wherever we wanted, for example, this cave/cliff thing…
We thought about going into the cave but decided not to take any risks. Probably a smart choice.
Taking a break from pedaling to relax on our little boat in beautiful Italy.
In Australia we took a bush/beach horseback ride. Although our horses were very stubborn, it was one of the most amazing things we did in Australia! Here are some of our photos…
Along the gorgeous beach… we were slacking behind the rest of the group, as you can tell. Also we were the only ones on the beach… it was like our own beautiful private beach!
Through the bush. Check out that stunning view! No civilization in sight.
We had so much fun. A spectacular experience.
Some other Xtreme travel sports we enjoy…
Snorkeling, snow skiing, water skiing, wake boarding, fishing, boating, boogie boarding, hiking…
Some of our Facebook fans told us which Xtreme sports they enjoy…
Adam from Travels of Adam went skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia!
Leonnie also went skydiving in Darwin, Australia!
Shirlene from Idelish went ice climbing on a glacier in Alaska!Our Facebook page.
What Xtreme sports do you take part in while traveling?!Read More
What we did:
- Took a boat ride around the island
- Went inside the famous “Blue Grotto”
- Ate at da Giorgio restaurant: Da Giorgio Capri
- Went shopping around town
- Hiked to “Villa Jovis”
- If you don’t mind spending some extra cash then renting a private boat can really enhance your experience. We rented a boat from Positano and our captain made the experience really fun. There are plenty of companies that offer boat trips, some hotels can negotiate cheaper prices so ask your hotel to check into private boat trips to Capri. Our captain saved time to let us take a dip in the clear turquoise water before we departed from the island.
- DO NOT MISS THE BLUE GROTTO. It may be crowded and a little extra money but its completely worth it. If you skip this then you will regret it. Don’t forget to bring extra Euros, around 5 per person but it may vary so it wouldn’t hurt to bring extra.
- Da Giorgio restaurant had awesome food and an equally awesome view. Its a pretty nice restaurant but no need to stress out about what you are wearing, the friendly staff welcomes all.
- Most of the shops are very expensive. In general, Capri is an expensive place, but its still fun to window shop where the rich and famous purchase their garments while on vacation.
- Hiking to Villa Jovis is NOT easy! Wear tennis shoes, or shoes that do not hurt your feet. We wore flip flops and were not prepared at all for the near vertical hike to the villa. The view from the top is stunning and the ruins are really cool as well. It was absolutely worth the blisters on our feet over the next few days.