Thursday, May 30th
A two hour flight south of Paris lands us in Napoli. As we await the arrival of our driver, I noticed the sun as Paris was not yet ready for spring. With luggage loaded and driver at the ready, we head to the Bay of Napoli as our next destination is the Bay of Capri. Our travel options to Capri were: a helicopter, a hydrofoil or a speedboat, we opted for the speedboat. This was a new adventure as I’m not use to this sort of water travel. Mid-ship veranda on Silversea is usually the mode of choice but, I must admit the hour commute to the Bay of Capri was sensational – – the waves were amazing!!!!
The arrival was breathtaking. My past visits to the Isle of Capri, the last being as recent as August 2012 during a Silversea excursion, always originated from the coast of Amalfi via the hydrofoil. Our speedboat arrival changed everything. As we eased our way into the harbor you feel as if the Isle of Capri is slowly wrapping its arms around you and welcoming you to paradise. Disembarking to meet our driver, I stopped to take in the sights and sounds of the harbor and its inhabitants, for no influx of tourists were in sight or earshot of us, just the locals enjoying paradise. This moment was but a prelude to what was to come.
Winding our way up to Anacapri gave way to some spectacular views. The Bay of Capri, Sorrento, Mount Vesuvius, the Bay of Naples and Ischia were absolutely stunning. As we headed to Anacapri, a sense of peace and serenity set in and I slowly drifted back to last August when we visited to experience the chairlift to Monte Solaro and our discovery of what can best be described as a path to Mediterranean heaven.
Up Next: The path to heaven – – Capri Palace.