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John and I just returned from an absolutely phenomenal trip to Italy with our family.  We spent three days in Rome and then drove south for a week in Positano, off the Amalfi coast.  It was heavenly.  Here are some of the highlights…

ancient ruins in Rome

ancient ruins in Rome

john at the Colosseum

john at the Colosseum (too hot to wait in line)

old and 'new'

old and ‘new’

our gang at La Piccola near Piazza Narvona

our gang at La Piccola near Piazza Narvona

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we arrive in Positano after a a gut-wrenching drive and are greeted with this view!

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Hike of the Gods – we took a break here for pictures and fresh figs off the tree

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campanula – which means ‘little bell’ – growing elegantly from out of the rocks

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looking down on Priano, the quiet little town where we began our hike

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this wild arugula (rocket, as they call it in Italy) was delicious and spicy

the actual color of the water (no photo shop)

farmland and fishing boats

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sea holly grows at higher altitudes

the scenes were incredible - like these old ruins of a farmhouse and stacked farmland

the scenes were incredible – like these old ruins of a farmhouse and stacked farmland

back into town - where I seem to attract happy brides & grooms

back into town – where I spy on a newlywed couple having their pictures taken

beautiful door pulls at a fancy hotel

beautiful door-pulls at a fancy hotel

cat nap

cat nap

tropical flowers - mandevilla?

tropical flowers – mandevilla? – seem to grow from every crack and crevice

sunset over Positano

sunset over Positano

lots of girl-watching happens in Positano

lots of girl-watching happens in Italy

the lemons...oh, the lemons!

the lemons…oh, the lemons…

bathers at Capri

bathers at Capri

John and I at the Gardens of Augustus, Capri (a short Ferry ride from Positano)

John and I at the Gardens of Augustus, Capri (a short Ferry ride from Positano)

at Capri's 'La Certosa di San Giacomo', a monastery and art gallery.  John and were struck by the haunting works of Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

at Capri’s ‘La Certosa di San Giacomo’, a monastery and art gallery. John and were struck by the haunting works of Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

light-filled chapel

light-filled chapel

john

John

Capri!

Capri!

Capri was very, very fancy

Capri was very, very fancy

on the boat back to Positano...happy to be 'home'

on the boat back to Positano…happy to be ‘home’

evening lights

evening lights

our tiny little private beach, 'just' a few hundred steps down from our villa

our tiny little private beach, ‘just’ a few hundred steps down from our villa

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