Sunday, November 8, 2009

Naples and Capri: Day Two

The sunny Bay of Naples is a beautiful sight as one approaches the city by ship. The plumed heights of Mount Vesuvius dominate the skyline. We didn’t have time to visit Naples but strolled along the streets lining the harbor to check a fortress or old castle.

A half hour ride in the ferry took us to the romantic island of Capri that I visited when I was eight years old with my parents.
All I remember from that first visit was that I lost my brand new straw hat. The wind blew it from my head to the sea and I stared at it unable to believe Daddy couldn’t get it back, then I started crying. I bought a straw hat in memory of my Dad and this time I held it with both hands. It came with me to the States!
From Capri, we took a boat to the famous Grotta Dell Azura.

You can’t see any grotto from the sea. Just a rock with a small opening.

And I mean small. Not higher than a table, about four-foot wide. Only a canoe could go through.

After waiting for our turn for another hour, we finally jumped from the boat into a canoe operated by an expert who asked us to lie down and put our arms inside the canoe.
He rowed through the narrow arch in the rock. Suddenly we were in the dark, pitch-black. We heard Italian songs, mingled with exclamations. I looked back toward the opening and was stunned by the incredible blue color. The water and air looked bright blue, a festival of blue light as if a thousand blue lamps illuminated the grotto. Unfortunately the pictures don’t give credit to the ethereal atmosphere.

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Scarlet Pumpernickel said...

Mona, more wonderful pictures! I really, really, really want to return to Italy! Would love to do a group trip with some of our friends and stay for a couple weeks! Wouldn't that be great!

Mona Risk said...

Scarlet, that's a fantastic dream. We would have a blast!!! Juat like being college students again!!!

Molly Daniels said...

LOL:) I was going to ask if you bought a straw hat, and you did!

If I win the lottery or somehow strike it rich, can I go too???

Jane said...

Wow, I've heard a lot about the Blue Grotto. It's so beautiful.

Mary Ricksen said...

I don't think I could have done that. I hate the idea of being inside a cave, especially one so small. Were you claustrophobic at all?

Mona Risk said...

Mary, I didn't get claustrophobic. There was too many people, too much noise inside it, songs, laughter, exclamations. And then it was so beautiful when I could see the blue light.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Molly, yes if you win the lotterie you should go but not that late in the year. It was so cold I was sick the whole time.

Mona Risk said...

Jane, it's quite famous but I never thought it was so complicated to enter.

LK Hunsaker said...

I would have to skip that excursion. Caves and dark don't do well with me, but I love your photos!

Mary Marvella said...

Ooooo, girl! What a tunnel of love. Sounds like an excellent day.