” ‘Twas on the Isle of Capri that I found her
Beneath the shade of an old walnut tree … la la la la laa laa..”
Discovered in 29BC by Emperor Augustus, the Isle of Capri, ‘was home of emperors, seat of monasteries, place of exile. Its fortunes changed during the 19th century when English and German expatriates discovered its charms’
We were up early .. hence the blissful morning photographs in my previous post .. our two (small) buses were ready and waiting to take us to Sorrento …
Sorrento harbour … our excursion to the Isle of Capri begins ..
Smart looking ferry that took us to Capri ..
Pity the windows of our smart-looking-ferry were so dirty 😦 (that’s my ticket!)
Capri’s main port of call … Marina Grande
Leaving Marina Grande on a cruise around part of the island …
Wow .. the colours of the tranquil water were amazing!!!
Monte Tiberio (Tiberius’s Leap) .. 1000ft cliff from which Emperor Tiberius ‘hurled his sexual conquests and victims into the sea’ …
… crystal clear shades of blue … absolutely breath-taking !!
We had to wait for this boat to see the coral in the Grotto del Corallo – only one boat at a time …
It was dark in the grotto and quite difficult to get a photo, especially with the rise and fall of water ..
One of favourites pics …
Grotto Bianco (White Grotto) has large stalagmites and stalactites ..
.. one large stalagmite resembles Madonna … (also difficult to get a good photo)
Arco Naturale – Natural Arch – or sometimes referred to as the ‘elephant’ !! (the elephant’s trunk and front legs form the arch ) …
Our local guide .. .
I Faraglioni di Capri .. Faraglioni Rocks …
… which we cruised passed, while our local guide informed us that we weren’t going to see the Blue Grotto. Disappointing but he explained that it’s very popular and tours are held up by each boat having to wait their turn to enter the grotto. Once inside, each boat is only allowed a few minutes. He showed us what the blue water of the Blue Grotto was like .. that tiny glimpse between the rocks!!!! Electric blue !!!! Amazing !!! Next time…. !!!! 😉
Marina Piccola – once an old fishermen village .. now, since 1950’s, it’s become home to the rich and famous …
At this point we did a U-turn and cruised back to the Marina Grande ..
Apparently cruising through the arch of the Faraglioni Rocks whilst kissing your lover – with your eyes closed – gives you eternal love and happiness !! Sooo .. that’s what we did 😉
.. and out the other side !!
Happiness is .. whistling a tune (our guide) ..
Happiness is … a dad letting a daughter take the wheel 🙂 (daughter of driver of boat who came along for the ride)
Next : funicular takes us up to the town of Capri