Our family of four took a 12 day Mediterranean cruise June 15th, the second voyage on Carnival’s newest ship, the Breeze. This was our second cruise, and first time to Europe. We’ve fallen in love with cruising, and Europe, and hope you find this information helpful.
This fourth port, had to be one of our most favorite stops. Part of it was because we had such great company. We took a tour with Sorrento First Choice, and shared the service with a family of four. I met Valerie, from Florida, via a Cruise Critic board. She and her husband Julio, and their nine-year-old twins meshed with us, and our personalities from the get go. We serendipitously met each other in the cruise terminal in Barcelona, before boarding the ship. We hope to cruise again together.
We headed off to Pompeii in the morning. We’d all heard about Pompeii, about how Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed, or preserved an entire city of people, buildings, possessions, and animals. While the natural disaster was tragic, and horrifying, the preserved nature of the city brings to life what it was like at that time.
This site in all of Italy, was one of our favorites. We could easily have spent an entire day there, rather than just a few hours. Walking through town, exploring its side streets, homes, piazzas, and bath houses, was just profound in the connection with the past.
The entire area is fascinating for adults, but even more so for kids, they can explore to their heart’s content, and seeing things in scale, brings history front and center.
After Pompeii the kids were starving. Well, so were we. But it’s easier to blame it on the kids.
Another highlights of our Amalfi coast tour, was lunch at Trattoria La Tagliata, in Positano. Make sure you have reservations, or your tour company makes reservations for you beforehand. It is a popular destination.
The views were breathtaking, the service was quick, and friendly. It’s so very clear that they are proud of the food, and ambiance patrons experience. The food. Oh dear, the food was fresh, grown in the gardens overlooking the coast, and the flavors were perfectly played.
Getting to the restaurant wasn’t easy. The roads carved out of the side of the coast are narrow, and it takes some massive cahones to drive those tight curves. But the view, is thrilling, and breathtaking. I loved seeing all the gorgeous, bounty-filled lemon trees growing off the sides of the cliffs. I’m convinced Italy was kissed by Aphrodite.
After rolling carefully, out of Trattoria La Tagliata, we explored more of the Amalfi Coast, we ended in Sorrento, and enjoyed some of the best lemon gelato we had our entire trip. We also loved seeing how Italians can turn just about anything into a spot for sun-bathing.
It was a glorious eight hour day. To say we succeeded in eating our way through Italy, is an understatement. We love good food.
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