James and Jason are friends from high school - Jason and his girlfriend decided not to miss this opportunity to hang out with the fabulous Keaton's while abroad (smart couple), so in September, they spent two weeks taking on Italy...
First stop, Pompeii:
|The girls bathroom was out of TP. Thanks guys!|
|Pizza ala L'antica Pizzeria da Michele. Mmmm.|
The next day we were off to spend a weekend on the Amalfi coast! James and I had been wanting to stay the night in one of the costal cities, so we thought this was the perfect opportunity!
First things first, we had to take Jason and Julie out for a typical Italian Breakfast of fresh pastries and caffes!
Pitt stop on our drive down the coast...
The view from our hotel balcony:
|Beautiful Capri in the background!|
Goofing off at the cathedral in Amalfi.
Oh, and the reason we were all in gym-ish clothes is because our destination was "the Path of the Gods."
This map shows you the path you take- It starts at the top of one city and ends at the bottom of another.At a normal walking pace it should take about 3-3.5 hours. We parked our car in the city at the end of the path, Positano, and took local buses to the start of the path.
|Can't wait to get started!|
|Beautiful views, as expected...|
|There were vineyards everywhere! I hope they don't mind...|
3-3.5 hour walk take two...
After about 30 seconds on the path we see our sign:
Funny thing is, the first time we missed the sign, and thus missed the first turn because of these little guys:
|Now walking in the dark because of goats...|
But, Ah-hah! Another sign...
|Notice how dark it is... Five minutes down... Uh...|
|Oh hey Positano.|
|This is actually the same restaurant we came to with Michelle and Stephen. Cute!|
During the week, James and I went back to work, and Jason and Julie spend some time in Venice. When they returned we turned around and were Tuscany bound.
You can't go wrong with Tuscany!
|View from outside of the city.|
|The cute city center or Siena|
|Everbody needs a little Gangham Style...|
After walking around the city, we decided that Piazzale Michelangelo was our favorite and we needed to see it at sunset.
|Piazzale Michelangelo is a lookout point. It's pretty Magical...|
|I think Julie would agree... it's truly a magical place!|
|Congrats to the two love birds!|
|Celebratory dinner with Florentine steak! Well... not in the picture but that's what we ordered...|
|Excitment and relief...|
|Do you think anyone would notice if I moved in?|
|Us with the Owner.|
And that wraps up our adventure with Jason and Julie. A few days later they were off. We had a blast with them - it's alway hard to say goodbye to a sense of home. But we'll be home soon enough and we can't wait to celebrate with them again later this year!
Having visitor's from home made me a little homesick... so to my family and friends, I truly WISH YOU WERE HERE!