Hats off to the skilled tour bus drivers of southern Italy who on a daily basis take large cumbersome vehicles on the narrow, winding, steep Amalfi Coast road!
Our driver displayed focus, patience, and grace under pressure, even gaining rounds of applause on occasion as he brought us safely through challenging and striking topography.
We reached the village of Amalfi before noon and spent a lovely two hours wandering the busy lanes, making tasty purchases, and touring St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
Even though the streets were bustling, it was serene once we were inside. My favorite view of the bell tower turned out to be one countless other folks have taken — it’s even in the Amalfi visitor’s brochure, something of which I was not aware until I’d taken my picture. Beautiful, any way you cut it:
Our afternoon was spent in the 6th Century B.C. Greek colony of Paestum (Did you know the Greeks colonized Italy? It was news to me.). The Greek temple ruins are some of the best preserved in the world and were simply awesome.
The 29 folks comprising our group are gradually getting to know each other, often happily visiting as we walk from site to site — which is great, except that it tends to slow us down, making our tour guide(s) wait. Guess that’s a positive problem.
We are enjoying the mild weather. Each day Monique, our guide, gives us the forecast and so far the no-rain-with-temps-in-the-70s agrees with us all.
Gerry is excited about tomorrow as we’ll be visiting the ruins at Pompeii and climbing to the crater’s edge on Vesuvius. Sounds like fun, no?