April 23, 2015 – Capri

Today we are super touristy and go to Capri, take a boat ride around the island, Sarah visits the Blue Grotto, and we eat gelato.

Our adventure starts in the usual way with Jack, our GPS, giving us a terrible route so that it takes us way longer to drive to Sorrento than needs be. Jack has turned out to be pretty unreliable on this trip. We finally get to Sorrento where we will take the 20 minute jet ferry to Capri. There are a lot of people going to Capri. Boatloads of them.

Sarah waiting for the boat to Capri
Sarah waiting for the boat to Capri

Mary and John at Sorrento port
Mary and John at Sorrento port

Arriving in Capri
Arriving in Capri

Once on the island we buy tickets to ride a boat around the island with a stop at the Blue Grotto. We see a couple of other grottoes as well – the White Grotto and the Green Grotto. There is also a formation called faraglioni which are sea stacks created by erosion. Often the stack begins as part of the land mass, then an arch forms by erosion and finally the arch falls into the sea leaving a stack or faraglione.

John on the boat for the sail around Capri
John on the boat for the sail around Capri

Mary and John selfie
Mary and John selfie
Capri port in background
Capri port in background

Bronze welcoming statue
Bronze welcoming statue

Boat pulling into White Grotto
Boat pulling into White Grotto

White Grotto
White Grotto

Faraglioni
Faraglioni

Green Grotto
Green Grotto

Sarah takes the trip by rowboat into the Blue Grotto without us. The idea of stepping out of the larger boat into a smaller boat bobbing in the sea is more than I can imagine trying to do. Just getting on and off the bigger boat is difficult. She makes friends with the rower and the people on her little rowboat and has a good time. The pictures she has taken of the Blue Grotto look pretty much like the other grottoes we have been in.

Sarah awaiting rowboat for a ride into the Blue Grotto
Sarah awaiting rowboat for a ride into the Blue Grotto

Sarah arriving back from her rowboat ride
Sarah arriving back from her rowboat ride

After we dock we find a place for lunch, Caffee Augusto. Lunch is followed by gelato. Afterward we wander around and wait for the boat back to Sorrento.


Sarah and Mom wait for the boat
Sarah and Mom wait for the boat

The trip home goes much more smoothly as we ignore Jack and follow the signs back to Pompei. Everyone is pretty much tired out from our outing and we opt for a picnic in the room for dinner.

Picnic in our room
Picnic in our room

Sarah and we are looking forward to tomorrow when we shall forsake the car and take the train into Naples. We plan on looking at less touristy things such as paintings in old churches and an art and archaeological museum.

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