my summer…

if i could ascribe a colour palette to the amalfi coast it would consist of various combinations of the same three colours: burnt orange, sky blue & lemon {naturally}…

it’s a scheme oft repeated in the various seaside townships that dot this coastline along the south of the sorrentine peninsula: in the sunshades & deckchairs, religious shrines & ceramic souvenirs…

& it’s a colour combination which will, for me at least, forever speak of summer…

since my first visit four years ago, this italian idyll has beckoned me like a siren’s song in the still of the night… & this summer that call was finally answered {thankfully with less traumatic results than for those folkloric sailors}

my mum, boyfriend & i first overnighted in napoli to break up the journey from london & then joined my inlaws to take the morning hydrofoil to sorrento… from there we continued by road to our base for the first week, a villa in the hillside retreat of positano…

the trecherous, but incredibly scenic, cliff-edge route is nothing short of exhilarating: whilst passing through tunnels chiselled from the rock, looping in & out of hair pin bends & seemingly defying gravity as the car wheels hug the external barricades, a sense of calm descends upon you once you realise, should it be your time, there are most definitely worse places to meet your fate…

afterall, this is where heaven meets earth…

known for its breathtaking scenery, sunny climes & sfusato amalfitano {lemons}, the amalfi coast is a huge drawcard for visitors from near & far… & despite my preference to avoid overly-touristy destinations, i can overlook this shortfall on account of all the other gems the region has to offer…

to a queensland girl, like myself, beaches consisting of hot, grey pebbles lined with orderly rows of costly deck chairs & view-obscuring umbrellas took some getting used to… but i’ve come to love the notion of organised beaches where you hire a deck chair & drinks & snacks are ferried to your sunbed whilst you while away the hours with a spot of light reading, sporadic napping & people watching {the most fun by far}…

we spent several glorious days doing exactly that…

exploring a town like positano, with its unexpected nooks & fabulous vistas, winding stairways & vine-covered alleys, was my second favourite pursuit… & the lure to explore & fill my camera’s memory card was only abated by the blazing mediterranean sun…

but sometimes seeking refuge from the heat of the day reaped its own rewards too…

some of them truly divine!

excursions to amalfi, ravello & sorrento, & ultimately our move to capri, were just a ferry ride away & brought more photo opportunities than a click-happy girl could hope for…

along with a good dose of local humour…

some age-old regional pride…

& a dedication to devotion which proved virtually omnipresent…

colour-washed walls…

jewel-toned tiles…

& decorative niches were never far from reach either…

yes indeed, i can definitely think of few better places to end spend your days!

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10 thoughts on “my summer…

  1. I am in awe. What amazing photos! They could be out of Conde Nast Traveler or some special Italy themed Vogue. Simply stunning, it looks & sounds like you had an amazing vacation. The colors are very inspiring.

  2. those photos are amazing. I really want to go there, it’s on the list for sure. we were thinking of this summer but decided it wasn’t a kiddy place.
    I love all the parasols, so med! xx

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