Amalfi Coast by Yacht

We found Pasquale through a friend of Daniele’s.  Pasquale is the captain of the yacht with Akhir Cruises that we had the opportunity to spend the day cruising around on while we were in the Amalfi Coast.  We were there with my family and figured this would be beautiful way to spend the day together. After all, how does it get better than being on the water in an intimate setting with a breathtaking backdrop?!

At first, a day on the yacht sounded pricey, but Pasquale gave us a deal to steal that included a cruise to Furore and back, including a homemade lunch and dinner, cooked by his sweet wife, Michela.  We met them and the yacht in Salerno.  When it was time for lunch, we docked the boat in Ravello, in front of a castle where they filmed some James Bond scenes.

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Lunch was scrumptious and hit the spot.

The sun was shining.  It felt so good to feel the warmth of the rays on our face and to just relax and enjoy some quality family time.  I liked the back of the yacht where we could stretch out and take in our gorgeous surroundings.

Pasquale even let Buddy, my brother in law, drive the boat, which amused him!

And of course the views were jaw dropping the whole ride there and back.

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I asked if we could see Furore and the famous arch I had seen in pictures. Pasquale made it happen.  After Furore, we turned around to head back to Salerno.

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Once we docked in Salerno, we went to walk around and explore the downtown area while Michela prepared dinner for us.  After some shopping, we headed back to indulge in one more delicious meal before our day was coming to an end.

Good food, good wine, good crew and family bonding time made it an unforgettable day.  We enjoyed getting to know Pasquale and his lovely wife.  He explained to us he can also do cruises in Sardinia, where he lived for years.  The yacht does have bedrooms for sleep if a couple, family or group would like to cruise from Amalfi to Sardinia or vice versa.  I highly recommend this excursion.  It was the highlight of our Amalfi Coast time!

Grotta Palazzese an Enchanting Destination in Polignano A Mare, Italy

While on a work trip to Bari, Italy, one evening for dinner, we decided to drive 30 kilometers south to a charming Italian village named Polignano A Mare.  Our destination was Grotta Palazzese.  Grotta means cave in Italian.  What a destination it was!  A restaurant that was in a cave built with limestone rocks with turquoise blue water shining from below and a view of the Adriatic sea.  I was in awe with this breathtaking beauty that surrounded me.  All of the tables were covered with white tablecloths and lamps that arced over each table.  You could hear the waves crashing into the cave.  Talk about ambiance!  It was hands down the most enchanting and romantic restaurant I have ever seen.

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That evening I had lamb encrusted with pecorino cheese, which was delicious.  However, I couldn’t bring myself to eat the nicely garnished prawn appetizer they brought out when we sat down.  The prawn tasted a bit undercooked to me by American standards.  My husband, Daniele, who is from Venice, Italy, said this is quite typical when I told him.  They also had platters of seafood with the Norway Lobsters fully faced, which is never appetizing to me, but in Italy, this is also quite common, especially in cities on the water.

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This place made it easy for me to be in my own wonderland for a few hours.  I was feeling inspired to dream and do.  I love when a place can bring you to this kind of marvelous state of mind!  If you are looking to be in a dreamy magical place with a date, I would highly recommend experiencing this place.

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“Every year go someplace you’ve never been before.” -Dalai Lama