Tuesday, May 29
tips for tourists
The main church is the very large yellow building with a tiled dome in the centre of town. It has a large square in front of it with mosaics and a compass embedded in the ground. You wouldn’t believe the amount of tourists that stand right in front of the church scratching their heads and wondering where it is, You can’t miss it.
There is no train station in Positano. It will do you no good pacing around looking for one. Get a bus, taxi or Ferry.
The beach is down at the bottom of town. So is the sea. It amazes me that some tourists walking uphill ask if they are going the right way for the beach. Think gravity.
There is no road at beach level in town. Standing on the pier and demanding a taxi whilst stamping your feet will not help. You will have to walk or pay the porters to carry you.
Do not presume that nobody can understand you because you are in a foreign country. The amount of wrong information (bullshit) I’ve heard people say to impress their friends is shaming. Also, commenting on people nearby can be risky because they will probably understand you.
It is perfectly normal for seafood to be served in its shells. It brings out the flavours of the food. It does not mean that the chef is too lazy to take the shells off.
If you have to have your group photos taken in the middle of the walkways and roads do it quickly. Some people actually have places to get to by a certain time and can’t spend all day waiting for photos to be taken.
Do. Not. Speak. To. People. Like. This. Ask them normally if they speak your language. Just because somebody is foreign doesn’t mean they are stupid.
If starting at the top of the town and heading down, don’t just plod down the road. Choose some steps to go down, explore a bit. You’ll come across hidden churches, piazzettas and villas. You can’t get too lost, all the steps come out on the road again at some point.
For the tourist at the bus stop yesterday: You were standing at a bus stop on the main road, dear. Not a cable car station. If you had looked around, you would have noticed that there were no cables, no machinery and certainly no cable cars, just regular buses. Get yourself to Capri or Disneyworld if you want cablecars.
And finally, don’t drink too much limoncello. You really will regret it later.
at 11:25 AM