The last few weeks have been insane to say the least. In the last 5 weeks we have been in 7 countries (Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Bosnia, Iceland and USA), spent the 4th of July in Illinois with our families, drove/moved to Atlanta and today we had our container delivered to our new home!
This is more or less the first chance I have had to breathe over the past few weeks and I would love to say that things are going to slow down for us but I don’t think that is the case quite yet. Ryan is going to San Francisco for work this week and we decided to book me a flight with miles to join him for the weekend! I mean, at this point, why not?!
With that said, the updates on our latest trips and our transition back to life in the US are going to have to wait. Needless to say, I am majorly looking forward to some relaxation time in the near future!
Have you ever checked out marinetraffic.com?? Such a cool website. Basically like flightaware but for ships. We have been tracking the ship that is carrying the container with all of our worldly possessions and it has made it to the continental US and is currently at port in Norfolk, VA! Hoping it will be in Atlanta, ready for delivery to our new apartment, the week of July 7th when we arrive.
I didn’t have any expectations going into this trip but I absolutely loved Riga. The architecture and feel reminded me of a smaller version of Stockholm. The buildings are beautiful, the city is clean, there are an abundance of great restaurants and bars to visit, great craft beer and honey beer and it didn’t hurt that we had wonderful weather while we were there.
Our first day there we walked around the major sights of the city center and the next day we did a bike tour to expand our reach of sights a little more. It was a great way to see the city and different from what we normally do which was nice. We also visited the Museum of Occupation to get a better understanding of the history of the city. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia all had quite the rough go of it. With occupations by both the Russians and Germans and then the Russians again following the end of WWII, it is amazing how far they have come and how well the country seems to be doing.
On our last day we made our way to the beach in Jurmala on the Baltic to soak up some sunshine before heading back to Germany. A wonderful low key trip exploring two new countries with friends.
After soaking up the beauty of Capri, we headed back to the mainland to see the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Upon arrival back in Sorrento we dropped our bags off at our B&B and then we made our way to the bus that would take us to Amalfi Town.
Amalfi Town itself is only 30 kilometers from Sorrento but it took almost 2 hours to get there along the coastal road. To be honest, I am surprised that buses are even allowed to drive on these roads. The roads are extremely narrow with lots of ups and downs and twists and turns. If you get car sick easily, the drive along this road is probably not a good choice but it was quite the experience!
After arriving in Amalfi Town we walked around the town and grabbed a bite to eat until our next bus which would take us to the starting point of the highlight of our day - a hike on the Path of the Gods or Sentiero Degli Dei.
Last glimpse of Amalfi Town on our bus ride up to Agerola
The Path of the Gods begins in a town called Agerola and ends in beautiful Positano. The bus we took from Amalfi took us high above sea level to begin our hike in Agerola where we started out surrounded by lush green and within 15 minutes the trail opened up to the most gorgeous views of a coast I’ve ever seen. Radiantly blue water with views of the island of Capri in the distance and as we continued our hike we started to catch our first glimpses of Positano ahead and down below. It was a pretty easy 10 kilometer hike, with the views making up for any difficulties, that took us about 3 hours. The most difficult part of the entire hike is at the end when you have to descend almost 2,000 stairs from Nocelle to the road leading to Positano but it was worth it.
About halfway through the hike with Positano behind us in the distance
Getting closer to Positano!
As if the hike wasn’t gorgeous enough, we were rewarded at the end by getting to spend time in Positano. Positano reminded us a lot of towns in Cinque Terre, another place in Italy we absolutely love, but it’s even nicer. The town is cleaner and there is noticeably more money here. If we didn’t have to leave Italy the next day we would have loved to spend more time here.
We spent the rest of our afternoon relaxing by the beach, soaking up the sun, enjoying a few adult beverages and just taking it all in.
Entering Positano and arleady loving it
As the sun began to set we made our way back to the bus stop to return to Sorrento. Although we didn’t get to spend much time in Sorrento, we still really enjoyed it. Sorrento is a little larger than the other towns on the coast and much more accessible with a commuter train, buses and ferries frequently coming and going. Although it is larger, it is still very clean and quaint. On our last night we also had our favorite meal of the trip at Trattoria da Emilia on the Marina Grande. If you ever find yourself in Sorrento, do yourself a favor and go there!
As always we had a wonderful time in Italy and I think that the Amalfi Coast just might have to be a place we make a return visit to someday.
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