Thursday, July 12

un-lost

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So we retraced our steps back down to the village of Minuta. Back at the place where the pathway divided we took the only other option, turning left. Under an archway and down a few steps we came across a man carrying a heavy sack of something on his shoulder. Naturally, we stopped and asked him how to get to the valley. He repeated the words of the donkey boy...follow the steps down and turn right at the end. So we followed the steps, passing a family of scarecrows that were having lunch...

Until finally we heard the sound of water rushing down the valley. Skye was tired, I was carrying her piggyback and we were slippery with sweat, dusty and sticky, but as the sound of the water became louder I managed to walk faster. Finally we came across some steps that lead down towards a hump-backed bridge and we crossed over the bridge into the hidden valley of waterfalls and remains of gothic buildings


Over the hump-backed bridge, along a woodland pathway, the rushing sound of water growing louder and louder. Shafts of sunlight flickered through the trees as we moved forwards, half blinded by the contrast of woodland darkness and dancing sun-rays. Suddenly ahead of us appeared a huge arched wall. The pathway turned to the left, but through the arches we could see a shallow stream and up the side of the arches was a strange old stairway. Which way should we go? Hot, tired and sticky we ran under the arches, kicked off our shoes and jumped into the stream.

It was absolutely bloody freezing. So we got out again before we turned blue and slowly walked down through the valley, past streams, waterfalls, babbling brooks and strange shaped abandoned buildings with trees growing inside them and waterfalls flowing out of windows. These were remains of old paper mills, left empty for years. It was so far away from reality that it is hard to imagine people once lived and worked up here in the middle of nowhere.

The sun was starting to vanish over the side of the mountain, it was time to head back down to Amalfi and catch a ferry home. I hoisted Skye onto my back again and slowly we walked back down to civilisation. As we came down the last few steps into town Carlo pulled the ferry timetable out of his pocket. A boat was leaving in ten minutes. We hurried throught the crowds and the touristy shops until we cane to the port. As the boat pulled away from the harbour we sat back, kicked off our shoes and watched, amused as Skye fell asleep, her head nodding up and down with the rythym of the ferry.

12 comments:

  1. So, once you found the right way, was it an easier walk from Minuta than from Amalfi? I'm definitely going up in the valley next summer, it looks absolutely enchanting. How was Carlo's leg after all this?

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  2. see this is something not in tour books..

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  3. Getting lost is never fun, but what views! Gorgeous photos.

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  4. Everyone makes it sound so easy when they are explaining how to get there. l just could not find it myself. After seeing your photos l am determined to find it next time..

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  5. wow. I would love to explore that area.

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  6. These pictures are beautiful too.

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  7. Whew! A great ending, and then you had to hike up many steps to get back to your own doorstep I'm sure. Neat to see the history of the old buildings/bridges in a remote area. I would've thought that hiking in sandals would be difficult.

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  8. You always make story sound enchanting, even when they turn kind of scary...maybe I hsould go to that waterfall to revive my circulation.

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  9. wow! I always wondered what that valley was like up there! Now I know where I'm going to go the next time Im down that way!

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  10. cooooool, it looks like something out of the lord of the rings elf kindgdom, i'll have to ask sal to take me there, with your directiond first, and minus the bickering of course

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  11. it looks like an enchanted forest - and what
    a little explorer you had with you -
    you are like a sherpa hiking with her on your
    back;)
    gorgeous photos:)

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  12. I like the pictures in the woods of the old mill. Very peaceful looking.

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