Day One at Sea

LOCATION: Amalfi Coast, Italy

WEATHER: Sunny and warm. High 75

We awoke at 6:00 AM to watch from our room’s portholes our yacht cruise by some rocky islands with houses climbing up the cliffs.

Breakfast was on the outdoor veranda – smoked salmon on croissants with cream cheese and capers. We watched the boat approach the town of Amalfi. We anchored at about 7:00 AM.

On this cruise, there are optional excursions offered every day. We signed up for 3, including one today. Another reason we selected this cruise is that they emphasize education/information rather than gambling, drinking, etc.

We took this tender into the town of Amalfi. It is actually one of our life boats – good way to keep the boats running!

This was our view of Almafi as we approached it by our tender.

Then, we caught another small boat to the resort town of Positano. It is beautiful.

We hiked up the streets, with shops full of beautiful linens (for which they are famous), colorful, beautiful clothing and ceramics.

This area is also famous for its lemons and lots of shops were selling limoncello.

The views are fabulous

Back in Almafi, we were on our own to explore the side streets. After the chaotic main streets, we found this wine shop quiet oasis where we had a glass of Almafi wine and an Almafi beer. They gave us complimentary bread with cece (like chickpeas) and a spicy tomato spread for crusty bread.

Finally, we boarded our tender and headed back to our yacht.

One couple missed the last tender, so we had to wait about 30 minutes for them to show up before we could depart.

DINNER: There are 3 restaurants on the ship. Tonight, we had reservations in the French one. It was superb. I had the coquilles St Jacque. George had rack of lamb. Really special.

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