The world seems like a happier place when..

So there are a million reasons to feel upset..but some stupid silly things can also make you smile..well, at least it make ME smile! 馃檪 So here I am, hoping to post at least 1 happy thing I experience, which seems to make this world a better place 馃檪

For today..The world seems like a better place when ‘you realize there are so many little things in the world that make you happy that you actually consider writing a post about it!! :p’

Happiness

 

Budget Travelling

So are you one of those people who look at their friends’ travel pictures or hear their travel stories, and are left wishing you could explore the world the way they do..only if you have enough monetary resources…? Then this is the post for you to read! Spend less and enjoy as much.. (if not more!! 馃檪 )

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Planning聽your Budget Travel

The first and most important thing to keep in mind when travelling on Budget is to BOOK IN ADVANCE- be it your flight tickets, local transport tickets, hotel rooms. You will be amazed at how much money booking 3 months in advance can save you, even if you are planning to travel during the peak season.

Budget Accommodation

Think travel and think expensive hotels? Well today there are a host of places you can stay at which wont cost you half the price of hotels. One of the options I have used a lot is聽Airbnb聽. Not only is it super cost effective, but you can get places in the center of the town you are visiting, where you may not find affordable hotels. Another reason why I particularly like 聽booking a Bed and Breakfast from Airbnb is:
聽(a) I haven’t heard of a single case of theft, and had a great personal experience with respect to the security of my stuff.
(b)聽I get to use the kitchen聽of the places I stay in, hence I can cook! It great, especially for a vegetarian, with limited food options available in different cuisines. Also, sometime you get too fed up of the local cuisine. eg during my 9 day trip in Italy, towards the end, the words ‘Pasta’ and ‘Pizza’ literally killed my appetite 馃槈 What more, while cooking in their kitchen, 聽you can request them to teach you some interesting local recipes too!
(c) Ofcourse, if you cook, you save money on eating out. And in most ‘bed and breakfast’ 聽you book through Airbnb, breakfast is included (as is wifi )
(d)Its a great blend of privacy along with getting to聽experience the local life..staying WITH the locals..and trust me, some memories of the places I have been to, are beautiful BECAUSE of the warmth and hospitality of the people I stayed with
(e) The聽travelling tips, maps etc you get from the person whose house you are staying with. eg I remember when I was in Rome, I came to know from the owner of the BnB that a bus comes right at her door steps which stops directly at the Colosseum! (saving me money which I would have spent on a cab/a long walk to the train station)
While I personally am a fan of Airbnb, also recommend using聽Hostelworld. If travelling in large groups, you can also consider聽Apartments.com.
Tip: Identify where all you plan to travel to within the city, and HOW you plan to travel (using a rented car/bike or using local transport.) Sometime the transport cost to and fro your hotel to places of sightseeing can cost you more money than your hotel stay bills! Also, I have often noticed that booking your hotel through sites like聽Tripadvisor,Expedia,聽Agoda,聽Booking.com聽etc gets you a MUCH better deal than booking your room from the Hotel’s Website. I personally compare rates offered by different websites at聽Tripadvisor.

Budget Eating

Eating out is undoubtedly the most poorly tracked and poorly managed expense, which can spiral up your travelling costs exponentially. Now I’m not saying ‘don’t eat out’..what I’m saying is ‘EAT OUT INTELLIGENTLY’ For instance, make sure the place you stay in offers you unlimited breakfast. Also, as advised by dietitians across the world, you have ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’ !! 馃檪
If you notice, its not the main courses that eat away into your pocket, but the tit-bits you have in between. If your home currency is drastically lower in value than your destination currency, its best to carry biscuits and snacks with you.
Also, when travelling abroad,聽eat like the locals do.聽The most expensive restaurants in other countries will be ones that serve you your national cuisine. So blend into the culture of the people there, and while exploring their nation, also explore their cuisine..especially the street foods!

For vegetarians/vegans, do explore eating options before hand, so that you can carry packed food from home. It best not to be completely dependent on buying packed food from the destination country, as I have had experiences where-in I have not been able to decipher the local language written on food products, and hence not been able to identify whether the food was veg/non-veg

Budget Sightseeing

While travelling, a group travel obviously costs more. But I am one of these people who enjoys most when travelling along with my husband. I have noted that in most countries its not the sightseeing that is expensive, but escaping the long queues that costs money! So its best to book your tickets to various entries, way in advance, via the internet

One long trip costs less that two/three short trips

So lets say you are travelling to Europe. Now it makes more sense to do a France+Italy+Switzerland or a France+Spain over a minimum of 9-10 days, instead of doing only one country at a time. (a) It saves you on your Visa cost (Schengen Visa applicable to all countries except UK) (b) Saves cost on your international insurance (c) Saves cost on your flight travel

Local Travelling/Sightseeing on Budget

If you really want to get the feel of how the local nationals live, I suggest you explore your destination via the public transport system. It can be a tad bit confusing in the beginning, but I usually get tips from the host I am staying with, or from people at the reception of the hotel. Its also a good idea to research via the net on reaching your sightseeing destination from your hotel via public transport. Yes, I plan my holidays, but not to so much detail as sometime one just loves to live in the moment..go with the flow. Thats the idea about holidays right?- you aren’t pressed to reach a certain place by a certain deadline. So I just hop onto a bus,train. It may not be the shortest our best route, but its fun. Meeting new people, seeing parts of the city that you’d never have explored if not for the long route the bus would take, taking tips from the conductors/station attendants…sometimes the journey can be much more fun than the destination! 馃檪

Getting lost in the streets of Venice!

Venice- You cant go there and not wish to get back here one more time before you die!

Yes, recession has hit Europe, and you can see that loud and clear in parts of Italy, like Venice, but the recession couldn’t take away from Venice its mystic beauty, and old world charm.

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Arriving in Venice

We arrived in Venice via an overnight Thello train from Paris (extremely comfortable, lovely view of the Swiss Alps/French Alps on the way, tickets for 35 euros only if you book exactly 3 months from your date of journey, as soon as the tickets for your travel dates are available at Thello)

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Staying and Local Commute in Venice

Now Venice was one place I was very clear that I would stay in a local’s house and not in a hotel and I was so right! It stayed at a lovely person’s house in Venice Mestre (booked via Airbnb) and he, his mom and his two dogs showered us with a lot of love! 馃檪 If travelling to Venice, it makes a lot of sense to stay in Venice Mestre and not in Venice. The difference is that Venice is what you see in pictures..red brick houses, canals, water..Venice Mestre is the mainland- connected to Venice via a bridge. Not only will Venice Mestre be more economical, it will also have less tourists, and easier access to malls, pharmacists, grocery shops etc. On an average, it takes 15-20 min to reach from any point in Venice Mestre to Venice.

Also, local commute in Venice is either on foot, or via speed boats, or the expensive Gondola Boats. Venice Mestre on the other hand has buses and trains, making the entire city pretty well connected!

Exploring The Land of Canals

What hits first when you reach Venice are the small canals with water everywhere, the doll house type small foot bridges. Venice is best explored, without any map or any guide. If you really want to explore Venice, then you need to simply get lost in the streets of Venice聽and enjoy the small treats that Venice has to offer!

They may have practiced drawing this typical Venice scene a zillion time..But its still lovely to sit down and enjoy watching an artist work on his/her painting

They may have practiced drawing this typical Venice scene a zillion time..But its still lovely to sit down and enjoy watching an artist work on his/her painting

While the walls and gates of people’s homes in Venice may be a little lack luster and beatdown, but the way they adorn them with flowers makes Venice even more beautiful!

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Make sure you start your Venice exploration by 10:00am in the morning, so you can enjoying basking in the sun, watching children run around, musicians play, artists draw and a lot of other lovely stuff, while having a glass of chilled local wine with warm pizza on one of the many restaurants in Venice

Tourists..basking in the sun..

Tourists..basking in the sun..

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Some aperitif with pizza anyone…?

Cozy restaurants in narrow lanes

Cozy restaurants in narrow lanes…

The Gondola Ride

Gondola- Just the word itself reminds me of old romantic movies! Gondola is what most people identify Venice with. You’ll find them everywhere, and each time you’ll resist picking your camera to get the perfect click. However, Venice being a town which runs mostly on tourism, Gondola rides are now stupidly expensive, leading a lot of people to share the rides with other tourists, which I feel basically KILLS the entire feeling for being on a romantic mini date with your loved one on a Gondola. Whats more, Gondola traffic jams can be worse that your everyday street jams! 馃槈

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A typical Gondola Jam! ;)

A typical Gondola Jam! 馃槈

If you are lucky, you may find a Gondola Rider singing beautiful songs along with his Accordion! I was lucky to capture an entire video!! 馃檪 馃檪

Shopping in Venice

From high-end fashion stores to local brands at huge bargains..Venice has something for all. But be aware, the few lanes with shops can be super crowded…but fun too! 馃檪

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While shopping, be sure to buy a Venetian Mask! Some of them are extremely lovely..as magnets, wall hangings..or the way it should be..as a mask!!

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And the typical souveneirs

As I mentioned..the markets can be a 'tad bit' crowded ;)

As I mentioned..the markets can be a ‘tad bit’ crowded 馃槈

Venice Must Dos List

  • Feeding the pigeons by hand! (Oh man..this was SO much fun!)
  • Gelatos in the warm Venetian sun!
  • Listening to a local playing a Venetian song on the accord
  • Enjoying some wedding photography shoots! (A lot of locals travel to Venice to get their wedding photography shoots)
  • Buying a Venetian Mask
  • Taking home a packet of colorful pasta!
  • Staying at a local’s house…enjoying the local coffee every morning!
  • Capture an artist capturing Venice on paper
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I wish I was a confident as these birds.. Unlike me they were just not scared!

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Capturing a pre-wedding shoot

Phuket- The Land of Raw Beauty

Phuket!!

Thailand, a country, for which you will see a zillion travel deals, as did I. But like always, even for Thailand, I chose to explore the city on my own, by my own rules, and I can easily say it was one of the best vacations of my life!

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While Thailand as a country has something to offer to almost everyone, with a variety of places from Chiang Mai in the north, to Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya in the center and Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui in the south, each offering something very different to its visitors. Since my aim of visiting Thailand was a mix of enjoying the sea, reveling in the nature and pure air, exploring the culture of the locals and partying at night, after much research, Phuket was the choice of my destination!

Phuket v/s Krabi v/s Koh Samui

While all three of the above have immense natural beauty, there are always pros and cons of visiting one v/s the other. While all my friends who had been to Koh Samui and Krabi went on and on about the natural beauty, which is extremely important for me as well, but how long can you go on enjoying natural beauty? I mean, ok the ocean is lovely, and the views are breath-taking, and you soak in the lovely scenery around you..for half hour..one hour..and entire day…?? What next? And that is EXACTLY why I chose Phuket as my destination! 馃檪 After spending 7 days in Phuket, I can easily say that I wasnt ‘BORED’ even for a single moment

Phuket has something for everyone. Most people who go to Phuket do so thinking of Patong beach and Bangla Road, which are wow!, but there is so much more to Phuket too!

Phuket Don’t Miss List

  • Feeding the fish right off your hand at Khai Island
  • Exploring the non- commercial parts of Phuket, like Karon Beach, Kamala Beach..seeing children play football after school right in front of this extremely quite beach
  • Getting lost- just take your bike and go—to nowhere!
  • The views and the sounds of the bells at Big Buddha(no fee)
  • Getting sloshed at Bangla- road. Drinking from one of the economical pink vans(in one of the pictures above) wherein you get custom made cocktails, really cheap (300 Baht for a bucket!) and they will be intelligently placed right opposite the biggest, most expensive pubs- so you drink cheap, and see some really interesting pole dancing by some very talented dancers… for free 馃檪
  • Eating the fresh fruits and the pancakes at Phuket
  • Visiting Tiger Kingdom (read below to know why)
  • Visit the Chalong Temple (no fee)
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Chalong Temple

Arriving at Phuket

We went from Bangkok to Phuket via Air Asia flights. The Phuket airport is a considerable distance away from Patong beach, and its best to hire one of the shared buses which charge 180 Baht per person and drop you right at your hotel. They are clean, extremely comfortable and know the way around, so you wont have to spend time looking for your hotel among the zillion hotels in Phuket. They will surely stop at one of the ‘Tourist Guide’ shops who will try to sell you tours to Ko Phi Phi and one of the many islands off Phuket. Please avoid buying any tours from them. You will find much better and cheaper tours in the main city!

Where to Stay

Definitely Patong Beach!! Phuket has plenty of hotels, many of them on the main Patong beach road, and many on the back side. We chose to stay at Patong Princess. Now it wasn’t one of the hotels bang on the main Patong beach..infact, it was a good 600mt walk from Patong/Bangla road, but I chose this hotel because of the consistently awesome reviews on Tripadvisor, to which I added mine too! 馃檪

Exploring Phuket

Phuket is best explored in one of the rented scooters(200 baht per day). You can plan your itinerary such that you can just walk on some days and just ride on the other days. Alternatively you can rent a taxi/cab, which are available in plenty, or one of the loud music playing auto-vans.

When to Visit

Well, for every place there is a peak season and there is an off season. For Phuket, the peak season starts in November, all the way to Feb end. We chose to go in the last week of Sep/first week of Oct, and took advantage of (a) the splendid weather (b) the manageable crowds (c) cheaper rates for almost everything

While many may be wary of the monsoon, rains in Thailand are extremely short, with the sun shining most of the times. It will rain for max 1 hours, and there’ll be the lovely sunshine for the next few hours, so don’t worry if you are planning a trip to Phuket around then.

Patong Beach and Bangla Road

When visiting Phuket, the place to stay is Patong! If not right on the beach, then anyhotel in Patong area would do, even if its a 15-20 min walk away from the beach. You anyways end up renting a scooty/bike, so the distance really doesnt matter. Else even the walk is pleasant.聽

We arrived at around 11:00 am, and immediately packed our beach stuff to run out to the cool waters of the beach. We went in September last week and the weather was just PERFECT. 聽At around 10:00 pm in the night we went to聽Bangla street聽and I can easily saw it was the LIVELIEST place I have ever been to! An array of restaurants and pubs, loud music emanating from everywhere, you will hear a different song playing with every step you take! Yes, a lot of ‘Pom Pom’ shows offered, but what I liked best was that once you said no, they did not bother you again, or get too pushy with you. I saw a lot of families with their kids and grandparents, also enjoying this place 馃檪 I knew then and there that every night going forward, I would end up here with my husband.. 馃檪

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Ko Phi Phi

Every nook and corner of Phuket will have a shop selling you tours to one of the many islands off Phuket. I had badly wanted to go to Similan, which unfortunately for me was closed until November, so we chose to go to Ko Phi Phi, and it was on of my best days at Phuket.

Now when buying tours for any of these islands, you must bargain..like crazy! I bargained a Ko Phi Phi tour all the way from 3000 baht per person to 1000 baht per person! But be aware of the tours you are going with, as many of my friends had some bad experiences. I was lucky though to have really nice operators for my Phi Phi trip as well as the Coral Island trip.

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One of the many brouchers/pamphlets selling the Ko Phi Phi tours

As you can see from the pamphlet above, as part of the tour, you will be picked from your hotel, dropped at the pier (around 1 hr drive away from Patong), and then taken in a speed boat (DO NOT opt for the large boat. Will surely save you some money, but will bore you to death!) The tour will promise you stops to a lot of islands, but be prepared to only ‘view’ some islands off your boat itself.. The first stop at Phi Phi Ley was for half an hour. The island has a lot of speed boats parked, guzzling diesel into the crystal clear waters, and a lot of tourists, as almost all tours work around similar timings, leaving the islands extremely crowded. But that did not stop me from enjoying the stunning cliff and natural beauty of the crystal clear waters, that wore off the rough and 1 hr long (but enjoyable) speed boat ride I had had.

What I enjoyed the most as part of this tour was:

(a) Snorkeling off the boat- The sea life was STUNNING to say the least, with some lovely corals (please do rent the fins for INR 300 baht as the corals are really high, and almost everyone without a fin (including me) had bruised their feet.

(b) The crystal green waters at Maya Bay- stand as deep as you possible can and then watch your feet through the clear water 馃檪

(c) Feeding the fish at Khai Island- It was just like the one you see on the pamphlet above (bottom left). Man! those fish were better trained to tourists than most pet animals! The knew who was carrying bread, and crowded around that person..super fun!! Some almost leapt out of the water to eat bread off my hand!!

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The Big Buddha

I just loved this place. The Big Buddha is completely worth a visit. Firstly the 2 km ride up the Big Buddha, surrounded by dense forests on each side. You’ll easily spot monkeys and elephants. You can even take on of the ATVs to add more fun to your ride. While you can see the Big Buddha from a lot of places in Phuket, its only when you stand right in front of it that its magnificence hits you. And the view from the top- SPECTACULAR! The views of the sea, and cool breeze, and the zillion bells ringing in the winds- magical! I made some nay videos just to capture the soothing sounds of the bells on which people had written their wishes, but the sound of the wind overpowered them on my handycam 馃槮 but I’ll never forget that experience. Whats more, there is a bit for the history lovers as well, as a small shop there explains a lot about Buddhism, and how the construction of Big Buddha started. Also, I saw there is a vegetarian buffet for 35 Baht that is served here. I did not have it, since I was visiting at around 4:00pm, but vegetarians can give it a try.

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One of the zillion bells at Big Buddha, with wishes written on by devotees

One of the zillion bells at Big Buddha, with wishes written on by devotees

While you visit the Big Buddha, do also visit the mall at Chalong. I found some good packed vegetarian food there and the fresh salad bar was a welcome change form the limited options in vegetarian Thai food we were managing on.

Tiger Kingdom

Ok, so I LOVE animals. And cant take animal cruelty in any form (that is the reason I am a vegetarian), And while I was tempted at many times to see the numerous places in Thailand that offer petting and clicking pictures with Tigers, I chose Tiger Kingdom after much research. For 900 baht for a baby tiger and 800baht for a large tiger, I thought it was a bit pricey as compared to many other places. But once I visited, I could see why they charged so much, and I thought my money was well spent. To begin with, the tigers were healthy and well kempt. And they were definitely not drugged, like in most other places in Thailand. I know this, since despite the fact that they were sleepy, it started raining, and immediately the tigers got up and obediently went to one of the closed cages. A drugged tiger wouldn’t do that. Plus it seemed tigers were made to photograph etc only for certain durations, not all throughout the day. Reason being I could see a lot of other tigers playing cheerfully in the open garden area, which made me really happy.聽

And the experience of petting and getting yourself clicked with a tiger..AMAZING!

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Yes! I hugged a tiger!! 馃檪

Chalong Temple

A small temple in Chalong, very close to Patong beach. Was great fun visiting. While it is mandatory to have legs covered above the knees when visiting the temple, it is alright even if you are wearing shorts/skirts since they cover you with a shawl at the entrance of the temple, for no extra fee. If lucky, you may also get to see some fireworks in the evening!聽

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Eating in Phuket

Forget high end dining..when in Phuket, eat like the locals do. Phuket has a lot of street food to offer. From fresh fruits to freshly made pancakes(30-50 baht). Yes, a lot of sea food, but since I am a vegetarian, sea food wasn’t my interest area. Only challenge for vegetarians and people not particularly fond of sea food is that almost everything in Thailand is cooked in a certain oil, (not sure which) that smells really bad. So quite a challenge for vegetarians. But that being said, given that Phuket runs on tourism, you will not find it difficult to spot restaurants offering Indian, Irish, English, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and many other cuisines. Do try the pad-thai for sure!

Amalfi -The Land of Lemons!

Yes it is a little cut off from the rest of the very well connected Italy.. but the trip to Amalfi coast is SO worth it!聽

My Amalfi Experiences

Summary- Why Visit Amalfi?

For the breath taking Cliff views
For the lemon farms which are perpetually everywhere you look
To experience some amazing local delicacies using lemons eg their lemon pastries, lemon liquor etc
To see some amazing Ceramic work (Amalfi is famous for its ceramic craft)
To experience the small-town life in Italy, which you will miss in big cities like Rome
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Arriving at Amalfi

We went to Amalfi directly from Rome, via a booking a train from Trenitalia. It was a comfortable overnight journey. Most people consider travel in Europe super expensive, mostly because of the exorbitant train tickets. However, for travel in Italy I would strongly advice AGAINST buying a euro pass as most places in Italy are fairly well connected through聽Trenitalia聽network which DOES NOT consider Europass. And yes, if booked in advance (the booking opens 3 months from the date of Travel) you can get tickets for as low as 35 Euros!!聽J聽To reach Amalfi, you need to select your destination as ‘Salerno’ station. One of the sites which helped me plan how I would reach Amalfi is聽http://www.amalfiscoast.com/inglese/information/how.htm

Once we got off from the train at Salerno station, we took a bus to the main Amalfi City, tickets for which are available right outside the station, the prizes being different for local and for tourists.聽

The bus ride from Salerno to Amalfi is simply BREATHTAKING with some amazing views of the cliffs; so please don鈥檛 sleep off in the bus!! And what will simply fascinate you is the way people drive in Amalfi..yes I am from Delhi in India, with a lot of foreigner friends who ask me each time they visit us: 鈥楬ow come you don鈥檛 end up with a large number of accidents , the way you drive in Delhi鈥..Since my return from our Amalfi trip, my response to them is: 鈥極h you HAVE to go visit Amalfi then!鈥 Narrow roads, steep cliffs, and cars zooming by so close that you can鈥檛 afford to have your side view mirrors open! 馃槈 But what an enthralling experience all this! I went via a bus, but I am sure if you are planning to drive your car, you will have a beautiful drive, with the lovely sea breeze. However, in case you plan to take halts, be prepared for a heft parking fees that you will be required to pay!

Some clicks from my bus journey to Amalfi Town

Some clicks from my bus journey to Amalfi Town

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The Amalfi Coast

There are a lot of places you can choose to visit while in Amalfi- Amalfi Town, Positano, Sorrento, Ravello.Pompeii..I was in Amalfi for 4 days, including transit. Which meant I reached at 10:00am on Day 1 and left at 3:00pm on Day 4. Now when I retrospect, I feel I could have easily added another day to my itinerary. Reason being, you need an entire afternoon to soak in the beauty of Ravello, one entire afternoon to walk through the charming markets of Amalfi town, enjoy the wine with same pasta, half a day to spend in Sorrento, and window shop at the high end fashion shops (Sorrento is about an hour from Amalfi city) and further away from Sorrento (about another 1 hour distance) is Positano, which we just couldn’t visit. 馃槮

The Amalfi Town

If you are planning to visit Amalfi cost, I think its best to chose a hotel near Amalfi town. Key reasons being, most eateries & most shops are around here. While staying in Amalfi, while you will love the small town culture, but you will also experience the challenges that any small town faces, limited accessibility to goods. eg. Being a vegetarian I struggled to find anything vegetarian to eat except plain Cheese Pizza, and if lucky, them some Pasta..I mean how many fruits etc can you have all day??!! 聽(vegetarians/vegan advised to carry their own packed food, you definitely wont find much to eat in Amalfi). Also, I stayed at Hotel De Cavelieri, which was great- pleasant staff, lovely view of the sea..but they did not serve dinner and there was no eatery for at least 750 mt around.聽

The main Amalfi market is in Amalfi town. It is a vibrant place where we would end up every evening. Eateries, a large church, children running helter skelter, and shops selling fashion accessories, ceramics and the local Amalfi lemon liquor, lemon soaps etc, I simply loved the vibrance and energy this place exuded.

Another reason to stay close to Amalfi town is that it is fairly centrally located on the Amalfi coast with all other places worth visiting, at almost equal distances on either side of the Amalfi town. Also, it is convenient to get the tourist bus from here. Another option to consider staying at while in Amalfi is Ravello. Its not as centrally located, but it is just so beautiful!

Since Amalfi is known for its Ceramic, even the road signs, maps etc are made on tiles. You can see here how Amalfi town is at the center of the Amalfi Cost, which is what makes it a convenient location to stay in.

Since Amalfi is known for its Ceramic, even the road signs, maps etc are made on tiles. You can see here how Amalfi town is at the center of the Amalfi Cost, which is what makes it a convenient location to stay in.

One of my favourite pictures..Clicked during one of our late night walks at Amalfi

One of my favourite pictures..Clicked during one of our late night walks at Amalfi

Lemons!


Once in Amalfi, the first thing that strikes you is the amazing Lemon farms- every house hold seems to have their own private lemon farm. Yes you can look, but you can鈥檛 pluck! And while you may try to do so, going unnoticed, almost every lemon available will be out of your reach, leaving you wishing your arms were a little longer!

One of the local markets selling fruits, including of course- The Amalfi Lemons!

One of the local markets selling fruits, including of course- The Amalfi Lemons!

And thats the size of a lemon..I put a strawberry next to it for you to be able to understand exactly how big the lemon was!

And thats the size of a lemon..I put a strawberry next to it for you to be able to understand exactly how big the lemon was!

One of the shops in Amalfi Town selling all sorts of things made of Lemon..from soaps to Liqueur

One of the shops in Amalfi Town selling all sorts of things made of Lemon..from soaps to Liqueur

Travelling within Amalfi

Depending on where you want to go on a particular day, you could either choose to walk, rent a cycle or use on of the tourist buses, some of which are open roof, providing you not only a complete view of hte amazing scenery, but also the fresh Amalfi air. If you plan to drive down to Amalfi, be prepared for heavy parking duties and some courageous driving!

Ravello

Oh Ravello! I think of it and the first thing that comes to my mind are the flowers!! Set at an altitude, Ravello offers a stunning view of the entire Amalfi cost. I am sure some of the stunning pictures you see when you Google Amalfi cost, have been captured as views from Ravello. The small town of Ravello can easily be explored by foot. Ravellow has to its credit a聽beautiful church, some lovely walled houses with their beautiful聽colorful聽flowers and lemon farms.

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And yes, if you were to do ceramic shopping at Amalfi, the Ravello is the place!聽

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Must Dos/Buys/Takeaways from Amalfi

  • Limoncello- Be sure to try/pack home the local Amalfi Liqueur made of lemons. The come in really cute聽packing聽which make it an ideal gift to take back home.
  • The interesting ceramic work- from salt and pepper shakers to entire coffee table tops made of ceramics!
  • The gelatos, not just in Amalfi, but in ALL of Italy..I lost count of how many types of Gelatos I had while in Italy
  • The local lemon pastries (cant recall their name though) 馃槮

So enjoy your trip to Amalfi, and for any queries, please feel free to post in a comment here and I will be happy to help 馃檪