I know its been pretty much radio silence here on the blog…. I recently came back from an AMAZING two relaxing weeks in Italy that was literally food for my soul. I feel like its been forever since I had last been on vacation (going to Israel does not count!) and I soaked in each and every single glorious moment. My parents treated me, Aviv, brother, sisters, brother in law and nephew to a 2 week stay at a gorgeous 4 bedroom villa on the Amalfi coast in Italy. Every day we suffered these mediocre views *wink* from the villa’s many balconies (rainbow after a morning shower):
Misty grey-blue mornings….
Even though I brought my camera and several lenses, I was reallllly lazy when it came to actually using it. About 50% of the photos in this blog post are from my (brand new!) iPhone 5.
One of the few images I’m actually part of…. Self portrait of Aviv and I
Positano at night
We spent some time by the beach, much to Aviv’s delight. She couldn’t get enough of the waves!
We spent many, many, many afternoons lazing around the villa and cooking delicious lunches. Aviv would go to the garden, pick lemons from the garden’s lemon trees, and Shira and I would make varieties of pastas using the lemons and local cheeses and vegetables.
Wine, pasta, lunch, view, relaxation? Why yes, please 🙂
We visited Paestum, a 7th century Greek city less than 2 hours from Amalfi that has stunning Doric style temple ruins
During our Italy vacation, I discovered Aviv’s LOVE of mussels. Say wha to the whaaaaat? She would tackle – and finish – HUGE bowls of them…. And then continue to eat pizza or pasta!
One of my favorite excursions was, without a doubt, Pompeii. We hired Fabrizio, a fabulous Italian tour guide with immaculate English, and spent hours viewing this haunting historical site.
Did you know they had RUNNING WATER in 79 AD? I was shocked.
The tall rocks connecting the two sidewalks are actually crosswalks…. Since they didn’t have sewers, the streets would get flooded with waters (amongst other less appealing substances, such as animal poop). These crosswalks were all over the city.
Here is a local Pompeii equivalent of a fast food joint — bowls of food would rest in the counter holes, and the food was sold strictly as take away. Dying over those gorgeous frescos on the wall!
More breathtaking views of the coast from the villa….