After a bumpy boat ride from Capri to Naples, we got in a taxi that took us to the Naples train station. Once we figured out how to buy our tickets, we were off! We enjoyed a relaxing train ride into Rome. Traveling this way you do have to carry your own luggage and I have learned (the hard way) to pack much lighter next time! The streets of Rome were very crowded with Romans and tourists! After going to our hotel, which I will not mention due to a very bad experience, we dropped off our luggage and set out to enjoy every bit of Rome we could. Since we had both been before, we decided to take some side streets and explore. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and on every corner we saw beautiful architecture and breathtaking beauty. Rome is a city that is such a mix of old and new. It is a true melting pot of people too! The high end stores are there as well as darling little mom and pop shops. After having a delicious and much bigger lunch than normal we decided to skip dinner and go see the Trevi Fountain at night! Of course it began to pour, but just as we approached the fountain, the rain slowed down a bit and I have to say to see the fountain at night and in the rain was beyond magical. A couple got engaged and the entire crowd cheered. Just so much fun! It was a fabulous way to end our Italian holiday.
I hope you enjoyed coming along. As always, thank you so much for stopping by. Feel free to leave comments and questions. It is such a treat to hear from you.
Leaving Positano made me sad and excited too! After 4 days of no ferry’s running along the Almafi Coast due to weather and rough seas, we were finally in luck and hopped on one to take us to heaven on earth, Capri. We docked and left our luggage with the concierge that we had arranged to take up to our hotel for us. We then headed to buy tickets to the funicular for the inclined cable ride up to the beautiful city center of Capri. (arrange for your luggage to be taken up for you, it’s well worth it rather then dragging it up yourself! You can also take a taxi but we wanted to see all we could) The streets were very crowded but the beautiful high end shops (Armani, Chanel, Missoni, Moschino Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Brunelli Cucinelli, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, Alberta Ferretti, Gucci Dior, Fendi, and so many more) and gated gardens made this walk to our hotel delightful. From the moment we arrived at Hotel Flora, it was as if I was living in a dream! We took the elevator to our room where Stefan opened the door and showed us everything and he then opened the balcony door to show us the view! I started to cry! The beauty just overcame me.
After unpacking, we decided to stay by the pool and have lunch which was delicious. The service we received was top notch. Thank you to everyone at Hotel Flora, especially Stefan and Bruno! We then decided that we would wait until the last ferry left at 5 and then venture out to the street to explore. This was a brilliant move if I do say so myself, lol! We strolled and ate and shopped in peace and it was perfect.
This sculpture by Carole Feuerman is in the center of Capri overlooking the beautiful sea. Isn’t she lovely? I love the sculptor’s view on water as a symbol of life, how water cleanses and purifies. “Water touches all people, animals and things. Water connects one land to another. Water moistens and revives.” That is what Capri did for me, it revived me!
The days passed by and we saw so much! There were gorgeous flowers coming in for a wedding, shop owners who were as stylish as any fashion model regardless of age, little grottos with fresh flowers honoring Mary, so many different views, the best people watching and we enjoyed all the food too! But the best was yet to come. We decided to splurge and take a small boat out just for us! This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life.
I was hoping to be invited on board for a drink, but no luck!
We decided to explore Ana Capri too. The weather had turned a bit chilly but off we went. I’m so glad to have seen this quaint town with beautiful grounds and views too!
And just like that it was time to go! I cannot wait to go back to the Almafi Coast. The people, the views, the food and the shopping make this a dream vacation for all ages! (Wear flat and supportive shoes!!!!).
Next week will be our stay in Rome! I hope you will come along! And as always, thank you so much for stopping by.
Buon giorno! Italy how I love you! You were everything and more. The breathtaking views, the food, the beach, the shopping! Oh y’all the shopping! I purchased this look including the scarf for under $30 in Positano at the cutest boutique that has locations around every corner! So here is Positano through my lens!
To visit Positano is like being immersed in a beautiful painting. From the time I was a little girl and saw paintings at my great Aunt Ethel’s house I have wanted to explore Italy. This is my second visit to Italy and my first to Positano! I mean just look at this place. The trip got started from Chicago, where my sister Lynn lives. We took Alitalia straight to Rome. We arrived early Saturday morning and the line to go through customs was about an hour and half long. It’s hot so dress appropriately! After getting our luggage we met our driver for the 4 (or so we thought) hour drive to Positano. It ended up closer to 5 hours due to traffic. Saturday may not be the best day to arrive in Italy. Everyone is off and the narrow streets are very crowded! (You can also take a train from Rome to Naples and then a ferry to Positano but it can be iffy if the seas are rough). As soon as we arrived I could just feel the tension melt away! We stayed at Hotel L’Ancora on the main street coming in and out of Positano. The views were amazing! It has a great restaurant where breakfast is included.
After getting our room we immediately got ready to hit the beach, called Spiaggia Grande! A word to the wise here, it is not a sand beach but a lava rock beach. There is a public beach with no chairs and you lay right on the rock, umm no thanks! Right next to the public beach is the cutest beach with umbrellas and tables for drinks and snacks where you rent chairs for a crazy amount of euro which is what we did! #worthit We actually fell asleep listening to the sea crash into the shore. Relaxation at its best.
Woke up pretty hungry and right on the beach there are so many options. There is a little joint right before the stairs up to the church and we strolled over. Cocktails with olives, chips and nuts (free with drink order). We ordered the most delicious slices of margherita pizza and I was feeling like the happiest girl in the world. Jet lag? What jet lag, I’m in Italy!!!! (we ate here several times, easy no fuss) Can I just ask why why why are the olives here so good? I admit to consuming lots of them every single day!
We then climbed up the mountain back to our hotel passing all the alleyways and shops along the way! (Do not wear anything but sensible shoes! Trust me on this. After a fall it was Birkenstocks constantly for me.)
This is the bar called Franco’s right next to our hotel. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset and see the Positano hillside light up like the jewel it is! The poolside bar at Hotel Poseidon has great views to enjoy champs and cocktails too!
Our weather was not the best (rain rain rain) and hindered many of our plans (got half way to Revello and the rains were just too much) but even so it was the first leg of a trip of lifetime. I guess I will just have to go back!
A Few Faves:
Da Adolfo Restaurant Have your concierge make a reservation. You take a boat with the cutest red fish sign and arrive at the beach club. Stay and enjoy the beach after lunch.
Collina Bakery Try not to go in, I dare you
There is so much more to share that I can’t fit it all in one post. Send me any questions you may have.
Next week Capri!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by.
Every single time I fly into Chicago I feel so much excitement. It’s like there is electricity in the air. This town, my hometown, has so much to offer. It is definitely “My kind of town!” From the people, food, shopping, sports and beachfront it is a place like no other. My friends from Texas just went for the first time in their lives and sent me a text that said “We just got to Chicago! OMG! I just have 2 questions for myself, why didn’t we get here sooner and why did I think I had to go to NY!!! Chicago has everything!” Well that text made my heart so happy! It’s exactly how I feel. Is it a perfect city, nope, are there problems, sure, lot’s of them but all in all it is just spectacular.
I mean, if you haven’t been to Wrigley and sat in the bleachers are you really a baseball fan?
The lakefront is what makes this city special! I especially love Oak Street Beach!
And then there’s the shopping! From Southport to Michigan Avenue to Oak Street and everything in between there is something for everyone! Whether window shopping or in the mood to have some real fun, Chicago has it all!
The people of Chicago love love love their summers (because winter can be pretty brutal!). So summer is my favorite time to visit. (The Thanksgiving through New Years time is pretty fabulous too! Chicago puts it on y’all!) I hope you visit and have the best time. There is soooooo much to do, see, eat and shop. You can paddle board, kayak, take a boat cruise on the river or along Lake Michigan. You can dine high or low and both are the best. Feel free to take in sports, ride a bike along the lake, visit museums, visit the botanical gardens, go to Lincoln Park Zoo and lots more.
Here are a few of my Chicago favorites:
Portillos (Best Italian Beef and Hot Dogs! Live it up and get cheese and both peppers!)
The Art Institute of Chicago This museum is as wonderful as any I have seen in Europe (check online for exhibits and free admission days) And its right next to The Bean at Millennium Park. Make a day of it.
Contact me if you want more fun ideas. I have used Lyft and Uber while in the city as well at the L Train. No need to rent a car. Happy Summer everyone!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hello Everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I had a great day last week exploring my hometown and having Paige McCall of @b.simply take some pretty amazing shots of yours truly. She is an angel if ever there was one. She made me feel so comfortable as I was pretty nervous and self conscious at the beginning. She knew some lovely spots and was so full of creativity and fun. Thank you so much Paige!!! As you can see, my love affair with off the shoulder tops continues and I am always loving a kimono to cover my arms in the air conditioning. Light and Breezy in this hot Texas weather. I hope you enjoy “My Day With Paige” Xo, Kim
Kimono/Zara sold out similar here, Tee/JCrew on sale here, Necklace/Bevello old similar here, Jeans/old similar here, Sunnies/Old similar here, Earrings/H&M old similar here, Booties/Jessica Simpson old similar here.
Day Date with Mr. Frickspicks! We enjoyed the day at the Japanese Tea Garden (notice the sign says Chinese Tea Garden, all part of the fascinating history. I googled it and you should too!) on St. Mary’s here in San Antonio. The smell of the mountain laurels was intoxicating. The sun was shining. Everything was in bloom. I saw huge koi in the ponds. So much history here. If you visit San Antonio put it on your must see! And, very important, wear shoes you can walk on rocky paths with. It’s free and it’s fabulous! Happy Weekend!
What a gem San Antonio has in The Hotel Emma at the Historic Pearl!
I hope you have the chance to enjoy the wonderful restaurants, views, farmers markets and this very special hotel all located at The Historic Pearl. Merry Christmas!