Sunday, May 29

Amalfi Coast boat trip with Bluestar

At last the summer finally seems to have arrived, at the end of May but better late than never. Bluestar Boat Tours invited me out on a day trip along the Amalfi Coast. Watch the video and join us to see how the day went:

Thursday, March 17

Questions about Positano answered.

Hi Nicki,
 I sent you a message on Snapchat and you suggested that I message you on Facebook instead. I am going to be in Positano in May and would appreciate any information you could provide regarding recommendations /suggestions on places to see, excursions, restaurants, etc. If you ever come to Portland, Maine, I'd be happy to do the same.
 Hi Lisa,
If the weather is good you should do a boat excursion, either to Capri or along the Amalfi Coast... only if it is warm enough though! Try looking at Bluestar Positano, they have great boats and captains (Peppe is the best).
Also a day to go and explore Amalfi and Ravello...stop of in Amalfi, see the beach, church, a quick wander through the side lanes and then go up to Ravello. Visit the gardens of the Villa Cimbrone, they will be amazing in May. Have lunch at Cumpa Cosimo...I always get the mixed pasta, you get 5 different dishes on one plate to try!
In Positano, visit the different beaches, see which you prefer... Make sure that one day you have lunch or breakfast at Casa e Bottega... IF you are NOT vegetarian go for dinner at La
Tagliata, beware the starters are NEVERENDING so pace yourselves!
My favourite places to eat in Positano are:
For pizza go to the Covo bar near where the ferries arrive, best pizza in town.
Mediterraneo on the road at Fornillo is great, stuffed zucchini flowers are the best there..
Gelato from the Buca di Bacco bar on the beach. also good for afternoon aperitivi (you might just find me there when the sun has gone down)
Don't just stay at sea level, get the bus and explore..go join the locals for an evening drink at the Bar Internazionale, walk back down through the alleyways...catch a bus up to Montepertuso and walk back down, it is a lot of steps but the views are amazing, I do it
every day.
If you see me around town do stop to say hello!

Tuesday, March 15

From London to Positano!

I recently had the pleasure to write a guest post for the lovely Valter at Tourist By Chance. So if you fancy heading over to see what my top tips for Positano are, including my favourite places to eat and foods to try click HERE .


Wednesday, March 9

A hidden corner and a sunset.

Today it mostly rained in Positano and it doesn't look as if it's going to get much better in the next few days. Being early for an appointment in town I wandered down an alleyway that I never use and found this enchanting little house under an archway. I love it when I discover something new in such a small town, it always gives me hope that there is even more to discover!
I felt like posting something more colourful as my daily photo so I found this one from December. In the winter the sun sets over the sea and creates the most beautiful effects. I have a few special places to go and take sunset photos and this is one of them, on the terrace of the Hotel Maricanto, empty for the winter. Just me, my camera, the bougainvillea and the sunset!

Saturday, March 5

While I was gone

In the last week I flew to London for 3 days, then to LA for 2 days (I know) and then back to London for a day and back to Positano. It was fun, it was crazy, and now I am home and cured of my travel bug for...well, for a few weeks at least!
While I was away there was a huge 'mareggiata',  very rough sea on the Amalfi Coast. The good photo opportunities always happen when I'm away. 2 years ago I missed the first heavy snowfall in something like 36 years when the snow settled on the beach and turned Positano into an alpine resort for a few days.
I had a walk around town this morning and Positano is coming out of hibernation. The sounds of drilling, hammering, sawing and good old hard work are reverberating around town as shops and hotels start to spruce themselves up ready for the new season.
I also came back home to find the fridge pretty empty. Luckily the garden is still providing and I have found broccoli, kale, potatoes and plenty of citrus fruits to tide me over until I can be bothered to go do the shopping.
Here's a few of the Positano Daily photos I scheduled for last week on the facebook page. This last one below broke all records for me, over 2400 likes and 2500 shares and over 1000 new pagelikes made me a very happy girl!

Monday, February 22

Sunset drinks at Li Galli Bar

As the sun sets in Positano there is nothing nicer to do that find yourself a seat in a bar with a view and take time out for an aperitivo with friends. In the summer I like to go to one of the bars on the beach, but Li Galli Bar is also a great option. The views are spectacular and it's on the road leading away from the centre of town so a lot of people pass by which makes it great for impromptu meet ups.
I took this on Saturday evening, it was a bit chilly so everyone was sitting inside the bar, how unusual to see all the tables outside empty!

Thursday, February 18

Whats above Positano?

Today it was dull and cloudy , but we had already planned to hike up to a little village directly above Positano at the top of the mountain. You can walk directly up the steps from the Chiesa Nuova or follow the pathway around from Montepertuso which is what we did.
This point here is a great place to stop for a rest and of course some photos. It's not as dangerous as it looks, really!
At the top of the pathway is a little village called Santa Maria del Castello. There are 3 restaurants in the village, perfect for lunch after a long hike. Our favourite the Sorgente del Melo was closed so we tried La Ginestra which turned out to have great food too. After lunch in the winter it is always a bit of a rush to get back down the mountain before it gets dark. Today we made it just in time.

Heres a snapchat video of the hike we did:

Monday, February 15

Pink sky at night

Friday evening and we discovered that Bar Li Galli was open so decided to go and sit outside for an alfresco apertivo. It was almost dark when we arrived but as I got out the car I saw the sky full of pink clouds battling with the dusk.

Saturday, February 13

Positano snapchat 2

This is my snapchat video from Wednesday. Watch it and you will see:

Rough sea in Positano crashing over the jetty.
Me getting soaked by sea spray.
Fornillo Beach inaccessible.
Incredibly blue seas.

Follow me on snpachat @nikinpos for more videos every day!

Friday, February 12

A place to sit

In the summertime, if I'm not out and about around town I like to sit here around 6pm and watch the boats coming in for the day. I will often bring a cup of tea from home and more often that not I will be followed by Holly or the cat or both.
 In the summer there are frequent passers-by, tourists coming down from the Pathway of the Gods, some brave souls who decide to climb up instead of getting the crowded bus and intrepid explorers who don't want to miss out on any part of town.
 But in the winter I feel like it's all mine. I rarely see anyone except the occasional locals who are happy to stop for a chat. None of the visitors that pass by in-season ever want to stop to chat, why is that?
 In the winter you can see the sun setting from here into the sea. Now, mid February, that time has almost finished, the mountainside blocks the sunset from view but the skies still turn dramatic colours. Today I sat with Holly (see photo above as she photobombed the view) and Kitty joined us too. The three of us sat until it got cold and then returned home for hot tea and treats.

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