Friday, August 19, 2011

LIttle Bitta Italy Part 3

We spent 10 wonderful days at "Domus Cilento", just above the charming village of "Santa Maria Di Castellabate" It was only a short walk out of the front door of our apartment, down the rest of the mountain, and on to the village. The walk back was an entirely different story, it was twice as far and took twice as long! (okay, it just felt that was SOOO uphill!)

Here is the wonderful Fish Market, located at the bottom of the road to "Domus Cilento". The hand painted mural is a great rendition of the main beach at Santa Maria Di Castellebate. One day, Dan stopped by and picked up some fish for us ....

Lena cooked it up" in the pan..."
And we all ate it "like a Man!"

This is a view of "Santa Maria Di Castelabate", the village below our apartment.

The beautiful and inviting boardwalk along the main beach at Santa Maira

The main beach at Santa Maria...Full of Umbellas, families, children, fun and frivolity! I am ashamed to say that I never did even dip a toe in the sea this trip.:-(

The Patron Saint of Santa Maria...she sits atop the harbor wall at the main beach, watching over all.

Next Post; Delores's Cooking Class at Domus Cilento!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ITALY! Part 2

"Domus Cilento"

The Apartment

Our Apartment....steps from the pool (and WI-FI Connection!) and with a view below to the Village of Santa Maria Di Castellebate, snuggled into the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Heaven!


Here is the pool area, and one of the many flights of stairs...going up, Up! Up!! and down, Down, Down; as "Domus Cilento" is built on the side of the mountain, with Bougainvillias spilling over rock walls, and Jasmine climbing up and over the fences, and Trees and lush green everywhere that you look.

The beautiful pool.

Nice to come to and cool off after a hot day of sight seeing. I hadn't realized till this trip, that it had been ages since I had actually swam in fresh water, and the Aegean where I live, is even more salty then the Oceans...I was astonished by how heavy my limbs felt! It was as if I had forgotten how to swim!

The Grove

Here is a quiet, peaceful area, beyond the pool, in a kind of mini Olive Grove, where there are tables and chairs, some lounge chairs, Ping Pong for the kids, and a kind of Garden House, where Delores (owner) and Christina (helper) hold court for their fun and informative Cooking Classes, open to all guests.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Little Bitta Italy


Naples Airport...great experience, and the best iced coffee ever! Caffee Freddo...we loved it! Then a wonderful, comfortable bus trip to Salerno. We passed Mt. Vesuvius on the way; Impressive!

Here is Vasili, enjoying the wonderful Caffee Freddo at the Naples Airport Outdoor Cafe.

Mt. Vesuvius...close enough for me!

We arrived at our final destination; Cava di Terrini, checked in then went out to look at our surroundings. It was a Beautiful! town, not far from Salerno. We were meeting up here with our American friends, Dan and Lena Strumas. They were off attending a huge wedding and celebration that evening, and we didn't see them till the next morning. A happy, happy reunion for all four of us!
Here are some sights from "Cava Di Terrini"