mediterranean cruise – part 2

ok, i just realized i lied yesterday.
today’s post isn’t on rome – that was day 3.
day 2 we docked in naples, italy.
they call it napoli – why don’t we?
anyhoo, we started the day off with a stretch class again, which was very needed since i worked out the day before and it had been such a long time since, well, any of those muscles had been worked.
after breakfast, we took a hydrofoil boat over to the island of capri.
our other option would’ve been to go to pompeii, which we would’ve loved to do, but we knew it would be crowded and wanted a mellow, relaxing day.
each day we set our goal to be present in whatever we were doing, to enjoy each moment, and to have fun.
traveling can get stressful, especially when you’re winging it each day like we were.
but having the attitude to let things unfold as they will was much more relaxing than fighting the unexpected.
i felt like such a tourist taking pictures by myself! and yes, i wore the giant floppy hat everyday – no sunburns for me!
so back to capri…
such a pretty little island, and a great start to our trip.
we walked around the port for a bit, browsing the shops.
then we decided to rent a scooter and be our own tour guides around the island.
our first stop was faro beach.
not sure why they call it a beach considering there was no sand in sight.
there were just a handful of people laying out on the concrete, so we decided to join them and relax for a bit.
thankfully we had our bathing suits with, but not a towel.
i mcgyvered a peasant skirt i was wearing into a towel for us both to lay on.
sean took a swim in the little cove, while i was only brave enough to take a quick dip.
me no likey water.
especially water with fish in it.
next we drove to the grotto azul, also known as on of the wonders of the world, the blue grotto.
down this steep walkway we went down to some tiny row boats.
i kept saying, “this isn’t it, there are no signs, its too small”.
once again, sean was right – we were in the right spot.
so we hopped in this little rowboat, then our “driver” rows us over to the mafia his boss, and we paid him a ridiculous amount of money for a 5 minute boat ride.
i got over my bitterness for the fee as soon as we went into the tiny cave opening and turned around and saw what the wonder was all about.
i don’t know how it works, but the water was absolutely glowing in there.
the boat drivers (who were all drinking quite a bit of vino), all sang italian songs for us while we marveled at the amazing blue water, then took us back out and dropped us back on dry land.
next we drove to the center of capri where you could walk through a beautiful hillside town, peruse high end luxury shops (supposedly this is where the rich and famous escape to), and walk through the garden of augustus.
we also had to have some gelato, because it was such a warm day.
ok, even if it was raining we still would’ve gotten gelato.
no more excuses.
after we returned the scooter, we joined the rest of the cattle and were guided onto our hydrofoil back to naples, then back on our boat.

ok, now tomorrow really will be rome. 
maybe ;)


  1. 1

    I definitely see Lulu in you from this last picture! :)

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    love the hat! the blue grotto is amazing! so glad you guys were able to be present in each moment. this is joy, btw.

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    Lindsey these photos make me soooo jealous. I am amazed at the cave with the unbelieveable blue water. It looks like you had such a good time. And I agree that choosing to do something other than what everyone else is doing is a good idea. Big hats are ALWAYS a good idea, wish I would have had one the other day when I burned the daylights out of my body….I'm paying for it now.

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    I went to the blue grotto fifteen years ago when I was in high school. Your pictures of the Isle of Capri have brought back so many wonderful memories!

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    Lovely. I've been to most of the Mediterranean, but never Capri. It's definitely on my list now. Most of the Italian beaches I've been to are teeny tiny. The Europeans are a little more generous with the term "beach"-have you ever been to the beach in Britain or Nice? Ow-rocks galore!

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    Christina says:

    Love these pics! Korey and I have been to Italy and all the big cities but never to napoli;). That's where my family is from so one day we'll venture there and see my ancestry! Glad you had fun!

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    I love Italy! I had the great fortune of going about 6 years ago with my Mom. We spent 3 glorious weeks there! Two weeks touring, and one week in Assisi for a wedding. It was fantabulous! I want to go to Cinque Terre next, and of course Capri, and Pompeii, oh dear, I guess I better start planning another trip!

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    i want to go there. now.

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    SECPumpkin says:

    Hey Lindsey…I love the pics (especially the one of you facing the ocean…it could be a painting!). Anyways, I've been to Capri and the Blue Grotto…It was gorgeous! I just wanted to bottle up some of that lovely blue water for days that I felt down. I'm not sure how anyone has bad days around all that pretty environment! Glad you guys got to experience all of this together…I went before I met my husband : (

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    Anonymous says:

    Where did you get your hat? I need one!!!!

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    incredible!!! that is such a beautiful picture of you, even if it is by yourself!

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    Gorgeous! I want to go right now. Looks like you had a blast and that rip off boat ride was amazing inside the cave.

    ~Meg @ "Through the Roses"

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    Marvelous! I love the goal you two set for yourselves. You took beautiful pics; what kind of camera do you use?

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    AMKreations says:

    Wow…gorgeous photos and it looks like you are having a wonderful time! or had? =)

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    Oh my!! Thank you for the mini-vaca in my mind!

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    Beautiful photos! Just love that one of you standing on the rocks above the cove. Is it sad I was googling the cruise last night? *sigh*

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    Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Y'all are too cute!! That looked like a fun day…the grotto was definitely worth your moolah. Unbelievably beautiful!!! Can't wait to read about Rome.

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    You are too gorgeous for words. Love the photos! Jealous, but happy for you two. Totally deserved!

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    Takes me back to our trip to Italy, before kids!!
    Love your blog, I am hooked.

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    carmar76 says:

    Superb photos! Also, way to rock the MacGyver reference!! ; )

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    Justine says:

    I am definitely so jealous! But so happy for the two of you. Expensive row boat? Think about it this way – your trip was free AND this isn't something you'd do often.

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    eeekkkkk! I always wanted to go there! Beautiful photos:)


    PS. I am a new follower of your blog, I love it!

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    Melissa Stover says:

    loving your tour. what a great vacation!

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    Your pics are beautiful! Makes me jealous!

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    Anonymous says:

    LOVE THIS POST! I went to Capri 7 years ago (before getting married) and am dying to get back there with the hubs! My friends and I actually swam into the Blue Grotto (which I think is a no-no…) so I couldn't take any pics! I'm definitely showing my hubby this post so he can drool with me!
    So happy you guys got to go! And for free!?!?!?
    :)Wendy G

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    i love the hat!

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    Celeste says:

    Lovely!!! (i've been on the hunt for a floppy hat … love yours!)

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    AZCreativeStudio says:

    This looks like a dream vacatuion!

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    Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home says:

    Hi! I found you from The Nester's page and am following you now. These photos are gorgeous! I'm looking forward to getting caught up on older posts and seeing Rome tomorrow.

    Enjoy the week!


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    Hi Lindsey, it's been a long time since I'm reading your blog but only the first I'm posting a comment. I discovered "The pleated poppy" by chance here:
    I'm italian and I'm glad you liked my country, it's full of such beautiful cities, we don't really appreciate all this beauty maybe just because we live here. So thank you for reminding me there are still places I must visit like Capri! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your cruise too!

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