A Blue Skirt on the Amalfi Coast

Traveling through the Amalfi Coast was absolutely incredible.  It provided the perfect back drop for some early summer time fashion.  A friend gave me an adorable and comfortable blue skirt and I found plenty of use for it on this most recent trip.

The skirt itself satisfies a variety of needs for me:

  1. Comfort
  2. Pop of color
  3. Flexible fit for my post pregnancy figure

When in Positano, I paired the skirt with a graphic tee I purchased at H&M.  When on our boat ride to Capri, I wore a simple white v-neck to match with the beautiful sea we were sailing on.  I really enjoyed how both outfits came out, but for future reference, I would not recommend heels in Positano!   😆

A Day in Positano

blue skirt

blue skirt

blue skirt

blue skirt

Sailing to Capri

blue skirt

The rocks hurt my feet!

blue skirt

blue skirt

What the Missus Wore:  Blue Skirt from Zalando//Marmont Matelasse mini bag by Gucci//Amber Sunglasses from Louis Vuitton//Graphic Tee from H&M//White V-Neck from H&M

These summer outfits make me ever more excited for the season to come!

Visiting Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

This past week we visited Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.  Just south of Naples, these areas sit on that piece of Italian land that juts out into the sea.  My brother and his girlfriend came to visit Matilda, and as part of their trip, we planned this Italian vacation.  My brother selected the destination based on where none of us had been before, and I never expected to fall in love with the region like I did.

We flew into Naples which made me nervous, as all I had ever heard about Naples was to avoid it.  We selected an AirBnB in Sorrento based on its views of the water and the Isle of Capri, and after an hour long drive on winding mountain roads, we found Heaven.

The views did not disappoint – our breath caught in our chests at the sight from our terrace.  The rest of the rental home was just as incredible, and was the best AirBnB we’ve ever stayed in.  It even had its own lemon trees we could pluck fruit from!

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Matilda enjoying the view

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Kitchen

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Sunset over Capri

We spent our time over the next 4 days exploring the region.  One day, we ventured down to Positano to see the homes that climbed up from the water front.  It reminded me heavily of Cinque Terre, but the food and ambiance was even more amazing.

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Positano

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

As Naples and the region are known for their pizza, we also attempted to attend the Pizza Avico festival in Vico Equense.  Given the winding roads we were beginning to get used to, traveling to the festival seemed like a non issue.  However, once we arrived in Vico Equense, all hell broke loose.  Most roads were blocked off for the festival, and an attempt to find parking took us on a 45 minute detour, away from the pizza.  Tony and I were yelling at each other, my brother’s girlfriend was feeling motion sick, and all we wanted was to eat some damn pizza.

We finally settled on an illegal parking spot (and 28 euro parking ticket), ate some pizza, and got back on the road.  The pizza was absolutely delicious, but the festival was clearly intended for the locals.  Our driving alone proved we didn’t belong there!  😆

The day after, we rented a private boat that lazily floated around Capri.  We found water the color of both sapphire and topaz stones tucked amongst the rocks.  The sun felt incredible on our skin, and was paired with a cool breeze.  This was my favorite part of the trip, as I could’ve sat on that boat all day.  Matilda loved it too!

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Once on the Isle of Capri, it was a slightly different story.  I had been spoiled by the lovely people in Cinque Terre and Positano.  Landing in Capri felt like an assault.  Every restaurant had people  trying to convince you to eat at their location.  Any restaurant that has to work that hard is not worth visiting, and another tourist confirmed this by sharing one of the places served frozen lasagna.  Everywhere you turned was a tourist trap, and I couldn’t wait to get back on the boat towards our serene rental.

Our last day, we sadly drove away from Sorrento and headed towards Pompeii.  We stopped there for gelato and a view of the ruins before making our way to the Naples airport.

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Pompeii

Sorrento Amalfi Coast

Even with the not-so-great parts, I would absolutely return to this part of Italy.  The good absolutely outweighed the bad, and a return has the potential to be even greater than this visit.  Tony and I have already discussed what we would do differently next time:

  • No driving unless absolutely necessary
  • No stopping at Capri – just float around it
  • Only eat at local restaurants – the less English spoken, the better

 

Until next time…

Traveling with a Baby – Milan, Italy

Traveling with a baby is not as scary as I thought it would be.  For my husband and I, traveling is a huge part of our life.  As such, it will inherently be a big part of Matilda’s life.  And guess what?  Matilda is already quite the traveler in her 6 short weeks on Earth.

One of my biggest fears before becoming a parent was that I would have a child who misbehaved on planes or at restaurants.  I want to expose Matilda to these things as early as possible so she gets used to them.  This will hopefully not only result in a better behaved child, but also an extremely open minded one.

It all began when my parents arrived in Switzerland a few weeks ago.  Not only was I thrilled to see them, but I also found it a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.  These two “birds” were introducing my parents to Italy while traveling with Matilda.  It was a trip of firsts – the first time my parents had been to Italy (Milan specifically) and Matilda’s first time in a car.

Matilda already loves her stroller and falls asleep very quickly when being pushed around.  It was therefore no surprise that she responded the same way to the car.  She slept the entire way to and from Milan – about 4 hours each way.  She also reacted very well to sleeping in a different environment (hotel room) and to interacting with different people.

Now what do I mean by interacting with different people?  Well, at dinner one evening we sat next to a table of older Italian women.  They actually grabbed her from my arms for their own snuggling purposes.  While initially jarring, it ended up being really sweet and making for a great story.

Traveling with a Baby

The Nonnies

It was also surprisingly easy to pack for this trip.  As Matilda mostly drinks powdered formula, all I needed was a water kettle to both prepare her milk and clean her bottles.  Most hotels have these readily available and our hotel was no exception.  This also goes for cribs, although these should be requested at the time of booking.

Her clothes and diapers are also so small that they barely took up any room in my suitcase.  Finally, since we drove, it was extremely easy to cart along her stroller.

Traveling with a Baby

Our trip to Milan was a great success and proved that traveling with a baby is very doable.  It was also a nice precursor to the Swiss day trips we did the following weekend, but I will save that for another blog.

Until next time…