So, when I last left you, dear blog, we had just spent a wonderful couple of days in Florence for Mother's Day. Our fearless babysitters, Anna and Alaina, had survived with our 4 youngest children, and they were agreeable to another day of sitting for us. We left the younger 3 boys with them and took Charis, Tobin, Arden, and Kenna along with our friends Shauna and her daughter Jasmine to the town of Sorrento, where we rented a boat and scooted across the sea to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Our destination: the famous Blue Grotto!
I realize now, as I look back over my blog posts, that 2014 was a sadly sparse year for blogging. I apparently did not get to record any of our adventures with Ted's brother Joel and his wife Sarah, who came with their two boys Anders and Cade along with Ted's mom in June. It was almost at the end of that visit that we 5 adults were merrily making our way to Sorrento to do this Blue Grotto adventure, a fun no-kids day. We had hired Charis and her friend Emily to keep the kids safe and occupied for about 8-9 hours! Unfortunately, our plans took a turn when the transmission blew on our Suburban. We spent about 3 hours waiting at a gas station right in Sorrento for our insurance to help coordinate a tow truck to come.
I will spare you the details of my emotions as I rode with an older Italian couple in their non-air-conditioned truck going about half the speed limit all the way from Sorrento back to the Navy Support Site with our Suburban on the trailer while the others continued on to Capri and the Blue Grotto. There was really nothing else to be done--I would be living in Italy another year, and our guests had to leave soon! The situation definitely put a damper on things, but at least they were able to experience some of Italy's beautiful wonders. I was heartbroken to miss the fun, but Ted promised that we would return WITH the kids sometime before we moved.
As with Florence, this adventure had been put off until it was nearly too late! But arrangements were made, so off we went!
It was a gorgeous day, and being a Monday during the school year, it was not very crowded anywhere we went. The kids loved being in the boat and bouncing over the waves. We were so glad we had left the younger boys behind--it was rough going, and I'm sure they would have bounced right off the boat! Shauna and I were laughing so hard at the shrieks and yells from the kids.
We went straight to the Blue Grotto and waited just a bit to be able to get into the rowboats. We had to split into two groups. Inside was truly amazing. I loved hearing the rowers singing in Italian at the top of their lungs, with the harmonies bouncing around the rocks. The blue of the water was so brilliant! Impossible for us to capture with our cameras, but definitely a memory I'll carry for a long, long time. (Postcards help with that!) Below is a pic of the boats swarming the entrance...Shauna and the girls are the ones right in front of the boat with the awning--that's where they pay to go in.
If you really want to see what the inside of the Blue Grotto looks like--short of going there yourself--just Google it, because our photos aren't worth squat! It really is gorgeous.
After this, though, we were more than ready for lunch! We made our way around the island to a restaurant where we could "park" our boat for free and enjoyed a delicious (though heavily over-priced) lunch with a beautiful view.
We decided to walk up to the town center to get gelato. There was much complaining, lol, but the reward at the end was worth the uphill hiking!
I adore Capri...we spent Thanksgiving there our first year in Italy, and the weather was so beautiful and the island so quiet. We hiked all over the place and made so many good memories. It seemed fitting and yet surreal for this to be our last Italian adventure before heading back to the States later that same week.
|Excuse the finger...it was very bumpy in the boat! This is the view as we pulled away from the restaurant where we had lunch and also the starting point for our hike up to the town center.|
|Love this view! Goodbye, beautiful Capri!|