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After we've completed a house, it's amazing how many people say "Isn't it great how it all came together!"... as if by accident. This is a very small look into how it all "comes together".

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ahhhh... Positano

We fell in love with Positano and the Amalfi Coast 
on our last Italian trip.
We felt very at home when we arrived back there.
A few of the people we met 4 years ago remembered us.

It's colourful, the food is wonderful,
the limoncello is the best and I feel like I've stepped
onto the set of a 1950's movie.

Driving along the Amalfi Coast is something else 
(even if the kids were car sick the whole way!)
There's a 'WOW' on every corner!

This is a ceramics gallery, completely covered in hand painted tiles.
I prefer to buy from the little local sellers, but this building is a work of art!

These lemons are the best lemons in the world (!)
They are grown specifically for making Limoncello

 This is 'our' beach.
We prefer this one to the Spiaggia Grande Positano
as there are less tourists here

'da ferdinando' is our local in Positano.
We hang out here for hours!
The owner of the bar has become a friend of ours
(and is also a good friend of Amanda Tabberer)

If you are considering a trip to the Amalfi Coast
(or even if you're not) this book is a must! 
I believe Amanda has a new book coming out in March.

The first thing they said to us was
"Wow, i bambini sono piu grande"
(the kids have grown)

We heard that this house was for sale a few years ago...
I wonder what the asking price was??

 This is the restaurant at our hotel.
I just love the decor

 The colour in Positano is so refreshing
and makes me smile

 I just love this idea...
a crab pot light shade

This Vespa is the same as ours!

I also love this idea of the bamboo & bougainvillea roofing. 
Not something that would withstand a Queensland Tropical Storm,
but superb for a protected little courtyard.

While we were in this beautiful place 
I received the news that my darling nana Sarah Olive 
had passed away...
She was 99 years old and the most beautiful lady.
She loved tea, Italian shoes, her family and baking.
Her favourite colour was blue. 
She had the most amazing blue eyes you've ever seen.

We collected these jewels to place on her grave.

She will be terribly, terribly missed

Hold your loved ones close.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Grottos of Gargano

We discovered Grottos in 2007 along the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
We were so smitten with them, we sought them out on this trip.

The Grottos in Gargano (Puglia) were AMAZING!!!
I know I use that word a lot, but you will see what I mean
(and these photos don't do them justice)

Wandering through the streets of Vieste late one evening 
we met a very personable lad (our guide). 
The next day we set out by boat for the day to salute the mighty Grotto!
We loved the trip so much, we did it again 2 days later!

This is what a Grotto looks like from the outside
and yes, that IS a boat coming out of there!

The boat drivers squeezed into the tiniest of caves

Inside the Grotto it's incredibly peaceful

Swimming inside a grotto is one of the most
incredible things I've ever done.
You just don't want to leave....
It's hypnotic and addictive

 Eventually you have to go back out into the ocean

A. looks even more Italian than usual when he 
lands in Italy!

B. Collected Sea-glass from every beach in Italy & Croatia

This is a trabucco, which is an ancient fishing net 
particular to Gargano.

Ti amo Vieste!!!

All hail the friendly boat driver and guide!

There's a whole coastline (and many more Grottos)
to explore.  Next time we'll hire a boat.
I had a tear in my eye when we left Gargano & Puglia.

One of the best things about Gargano is the lack of tourists.
So don't tell anyone... it's our little secret, OK?!

I hope you're enjoying the trip so far :-)


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Monday, November 28, 2011


This is Peschici which is North of Vieste.
Another gorgeous fishing village with white buildings and alleyways to explore.

The locals are happy, friendly & creative!

 The streets are so quiet during the day
and then come to life at night time

These blue shutters were my favourite

There is Bouganvillea everywhere in Italy.
Bouganvillea pink is my favourite colour. 
I've planted some in our back garden to grow along the fence but it
is growing so slowly!!

If you visit Italy you must do as the locals do 
and eats lots of Nutella (we did!)
Even Barbie endorses it!

.... and this was not the biggest jar we saw

The Gargano coastline is absolutely stunning.
My next post is about the Grottos in Puglia that we saw & swam in.
Trust me, when you see the photos 
you will want to book your flights to Italy Subito (right away)!

 Ciao Ciao!!

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