Koh Lanta

It was hard for us to choose an island to stay at while in Thailand. We knew we wanted to stay on an island. Something remote, untouched and ideally, close to Phi Phi island. When we researched accommodation near Phi Phi, we found that the number one place to stay at on Trip Advisor was at a place called Layana resort. It had an infinity pool, it faced the beach and it looked like the kind of place we could do some serious winding down in. Layana resort was situated in Koh Lanta – and it was indeed a tropical paradise, untouched by the western world and very remote.


The first four days were spent shuffling between our room, the pool, the bar and the spa. Complete bliss! It was only in the last three days, we decided to leave this oasis and see more of Koh Lanta.

The Snorkelling trip: We organised a snorkelling trip via the hotel to the island of Koh Rok. Koh Rok is well known for it’s unbelievable snorkelling, clear waters and colourful fish.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t get to Koh Rok because of the bad weather, but there was a backup and so we headed to the “Four Islands”. We jumped off the boat and got straight into some snorkelling, the water was warm and perfect conditions for some fish spotting. That only lasted 20 minutes though and soon enough we were whisked away to a mystery island in the middle of no-where for some lunch. Lunch was followed by a stop to Monkey Island, where wild monkeys roam free. We were lucky in that Gus got close enough to feed the monkeys.

The Fishing trip: We organised a fishing trip to take us out to Boo Boo Island. We were the only two people on the tour and along with the longboat captain and crew /pool guy, we headed out onto the bay. We caught a couple of fish early on, which we initially thought were goldfish. Not big fish, but plenty of them to reel in. The highlight of the trip came when our crew guy told us that we had to head back because there was a storm approaching. Instead of turning around and heading away from the storm, we drove right into the storm.


The sea looked like it had turned black and grey clouds surrounded us.  This quickly turned into fog and rain. The fog was so thick we were completely blinded and the captain lost his bearings. He couldn’t continue the journey so he had to anchor and wait for the fog to clear. While Gus maintained his composure, I was looking for the closest island to swim to and was reasonably calm until I saw the captain barrelling water out the boat. Let’s just say we survived the experience unscathed. Later that night the chefs at the restaurant prepared our catch – 12 deep fried fishes! A Thai delicacy – how could we resist.

The Cooking class: Gus warned me about the dangers of a resort:

 “You’ll see the same people everywhere and you can’t avoid talking to them because they’re always THERE”.

We were lucky in that we did meet some peeps, an American and a Canadian couple who were super cool and lovely enough to organise a cooking class for us at a place called “Time for Lime”. Time for Lime also supports the cause against animal cruelty and part of the proceeds for the cooking class go towards their animal shelter. The class itself lasted five hours and was great to get some tips when Thai cooking!

I think the main tip we took away from it was that you don’t eat everything on your Thai dish. There are “Eat Me’s” and “Don’t Eat Me’s”. The basic rule was that if it’s bigger than the protein (chicken, fish etc) in your dish then you shouldn’t eat it. Apart from that the preparation of the dishes is very complex, the cutting of the vegies and other ingredients make a BIG difference to how the dish tastes. And while the preparation took about an hour for each dish, the cooking was extremely quick – we cooked one dish in 20 seconds! It was extremely delicious and while we would love to replicate some of those dishes, I think we’ll just go out for some Thai the next time we have a craving!

The Scooter tour: Our Canadian friends were lovely enough to take us around the island on our last day! We hired a scooter and cruised around the island. Our first stop was the Lanta Animal shelter, where we hugged some kittens and volunteered some time to walked some dogs in the forest.


Our next stop was a couple of trees down on the side of the road, where there was an elephant farm and a lovely elephant strapped to a massive tree. We fed it some bamboo leaves and cruised onto our next destination the pier!  The pier was where Gus & Shauna jumped off the boardwalk and into the ocean for some heat relief, only to nearly be attacked by massive crabs sitting along the bottom of the bridge.


Our second last stop was at a place we called the “Postcard Shot”. Let’s just stick with that name for the sake of the blog :). It was at the end of the main road in the Old Town of Koh Lanta and was just amazing – peaceful, there was no one there except for a hot Canadian and Aussie couple and was the most perfect setting for a postcard. Which is why we called it the postcard shot! Lots of little crabs running on the beach and the water here was just translucent. This area had been hit by the 2004 Tsunami and you could tell from all the signs everywhere. It was the only place we came across while in Thailand where we saw the “devastation” first hand. A lot of places along this shore are still being rebuilt and some were even for sale. This sign said it all!

The last place on the awesome tour was a Monkey school. They had Monkey shows twice a day and you were allowed to interact with the Monkeys afterwards. It was a great place and Gus enjoyed playing with them. These monkeys were used for gathering coconuts, but have since retired and live a life of leisure and seem to enjoy being in the shows. So it was a great place to finish the day!


Koh Lanta was quite the retreat. There are plenty of things to do, if you want to get out and about and it is peaceful enough in that you can relax and choose to just lay by the beach/pool if you so desire. We went in the off season which meant the beaches were dirty, but we used our pool and were told that in the high season the waters are incredible. Compared to Samui, this island is untouched and is what makes it so charming. We loved Koh Lanta and will most certainly be back one day!

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Got a week to kill? … We did. So we killed it in London!

London came about in a moment of spontaneity. We flew back from Athens to Rome and straight to our favourite Roman B&B for the night. We knew two things at this stage:

  1. We had changed our flights to now leave Rome on the 25th July for Bangkok (instead of Mumbai).
  2. We had seven days to kill in Italy or elsewhere before heading to Bangkok.

We thought about going back to Amalfi for a week of relaxation, but as much as we loved it, had already done that and wanted to go somewhere new. Rather than discussing the whole thing over dinner – we decided to be spontaneous. We walked ourselves down to the closest Internet café and looked for same day flights leaving to Amsterdam, Berlin and London. We decided on London because we had friends there and everyone along the trip had asked us if we had been to the UK? This along with Gus’s dream of booking a same day flight had us on the first Swiss Air flight to London.


We ran out of the Internet café with only a couple of hours to get to the airport. Having done all modes of travel from Fiumincino airport to Rome we though we might give the shuttle bus a go. The shuttle bus for two people to the airport was 16 euro. We collected our bags and headed straight for the airport. Waving our 2nd last goodbye to Rome – we’d be back again before heading to Bangkok. Throwing the coin in Trevi fountain really did work!

Arriving in London – we had no idea where to go. We had our laptop and used the free wifi at the airport to book a hotel. We wanted a place to stay for the one night, before sorting out what we were going to do.  We had gotten in touch with our friends or spammed them all more like it and they were all kind enough to offer their pads for us to crash in. However, we had spoken to my friend Reda earlier on that day and he was kind enough to let us use his chic apartment for the time we were there! Massive shout out to Reda! So that’s what we did. The next day we arrived at Reda’s pad, threw our suitcases on the floor and headed out for some exploration time.

Portobello & Camden Markets:  We wanted to take in some of the local treats and heard this was the way to do it. Of course, as soon as we stepped out it started raining and after being stuck along the Mediterranean for three months it caught us by surprise – suddenly we wondered why did we come here? But that feeling didn’t last long. The markets were awesome. The Portobello market is obviously on Portobello Street and it’s shops range from everything in apparel to accessories to fresh fruit and food.


The Camden Market was a bit different. You walk out of the tube station and instantly you feel like you’re at a KISS concert. Leather, piercing and tattoo shops everywhere. The market is gigantic and there are lots of unique and intricate things sold here. Each stand offering something quirkier than the last. There was a stand selling old penguin books by some guy that looked like he’d stepped out of the matrix movie. We ended up buying a book on the secrets of Roman Theology for three pound because he started speaking Latin and kept offering us books and more books. It was the only way to escape. The Camden market was fun. Lots of great things to see and the vibe of the whole town is very unique, great to go and visit for the day.

The sightsWe took in the touristy sights of London over a few days. We caught the tube to St James Park and walked to Buckingham Palace onto St James park and through to Westminster Abbey, the Big Ben and London eye.  We stopped off at the London Eye as we had booked tickets for the 4pm viewing. The rule is that you can only step into the line 30 minutes before hand and even though our viewing was at 4pm we didn’t get on the Eye until 4:30pm. Once on the Eye, it takes about 30 minutes to rotate completely – seeing Westminster Abbey and the Big Ben were the highlights.


Once we were off the Eye we walked through Bond Street, Oxford Street and onto the London Bridge. London Bridge looked like it was in the hub of the business district and we got there right at 5pm on a Friday night – there was a concert and people dancing everywhere – part of the summer festival thrown in London and suddenly we were reminded of home.

The tour: We wanted to see Stonehenge while we were in London and Ineke (our friend) told us there were tours where you could see both Stonehenge and Bath in one day. Time being of the essence, we got online and booked in a full day tour to see Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge. The tour started at Windsor castle and we had an hour to spend exploring here. We ran to the Queens State Apartments and had a quick look through the Doll’s House (kinda creepy, but whatever turns the Queen on) and the rest of the castle. The changing of the guards was at 11am so we made a dash for that and caught the last 20 minutes of it. We then made our way back to the bus.


The next stop was Bath, a small country town an hour or so from London. We loved Bath – such a cute quaint town and we really wish we’d had more time to explore here. However, our stop was at the Roman baths – a haven the Roman soldiers created to escape once had they invaded Bath. The Baths were cool – thermal baths using mineral spring water claimed to be the fountain of youth. You can also drink some of the water from the fountain for a pound. The effects are immediate! Can’t you tell? :)

Next stop Stonehenge. Earlier on in the day Gus lowered my expectations of Stonehenge, saying it wasn’t as impressive as it seems. Apparently you could only see it from 50 metres away and behind a fence. I didn’t care, I still wanted to go and see it and luckily we did. There was a fence, but if you pay the 7.50 pound entrance fee, you can get beyond the fence. Very mystical the Stonehenge, lots of different theories as to how they got there so you must visit to get your own theory going. :) This was our last stop and we only stayed for an hour or so.

The show: We wanted to experience a London show while we were in London town and not being major musical fans decided we’d try our luck with a tribute show to the King of pop himself, Michael Jackson. I was so pumped about the show – three hours of listening to Jackson 5 and MJ music – the ultimate dream. Let me just say from one MJ fan to the next – this show was ordinary. They had four people performing the same song. There was a female MJ (who was awesome), a fat MJ, a scary ass thriller looking MJ and a massive giant MJ. None of them dressed up as MJ – they had a dress up MJ (look a-like) to do the dancing. This worked for Smooth Criminal and Billy Jean and that’s about it. So, save your money and just listen to his tunes on your iPhone. If you like him at all.

London was a pleasant surprise for us. We initially didn’t want to go because we thought it would be too much like Melbourne – but in the end it’s what we liked about it the most. We loved the vibe that London has and can see why so many of our friends have decided to live & work there. A special thanks to all our London friends who made our stay so memorable and made sure we experienced the best London had to offer. Will definitely be back! :)

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Santorini And It’s Illusive Blue Domes

When I think of Greece, I think of the Greek Islands: Mykonos, Ios, Naxos and the eternally glorious Santorini. It was hard to decide which island we wanted to spend our week at. So we used the best reference we could find when researching the Greek Islands: The Ceba pictures by Leonardo Da (as seen in Cathy & Graham’s bathroom). These pictures are what lead us to choose Santorini. Armed with no other information we went to Athens and bought ferry tickets to Santorini – it would take us seven hours to reach this island, almost an entire days work. Well worth it we told ourselves.


We prepared for the long trip ahead, by charging our gadgets and got some fresh reading material for the journey. I smashed out a blog, before lunch time hit and we played UNO for a two hours straight. When we were due to arrive in Santorini, the crew lead us down the stairs and into the ‘garage’ type storage area where we must have waited a further 20 minutes to exit the ship. We were excited to see the doors open – expecting to see blue skies, oceans and a sea of white, topped with blue domes, just like the Ceba’s. Instead, we were greeted with a vast, rocky desert. Gigantic brown, dusty hills – no white and definitely not blue. However, this was the port – the new port, so we knew the best was still to come.

We made our way to the local buses, as we were staying at the south-west tip of the island at a B&B in Perissa, famous for it’s black beach (black sand). The walk to the buses was hectic – trying to avoid people selling accommodation, transport, taxi’s and tours. We walked straight through them and onto the buses that took us to Perissa.  We figured once we got to Perissa people would know the name of our B&B (Villa Clio) and point us in the right direction. We were wrong – people had all sorts of issues understanding us – some said it was around the corner, the information centre said it was eight km away, the lady at the bakery said it was half way down the road. We took our chances and decided to go with what the lady at the bakery told us, she seemed reasonably knowledgeable. Frustrated with our lack of preparation again, we managed to get back onto the right road and found some signs leading us to our lovely B&B.

We loved Villa Clio – it was owned by a lovely couple called Heleni and her husband Adonis. Most days consisted of lying by or swimming in the beautiful pool in the morning, Heleni whipping up one of her amazing Greek salads for lunch and then us working it back off in the pool with our awesome underwater handstands and occasional dive bomb – they were hard days. By night we’d check out the nightlife in Perissa, there was one main road by the beach – where you could have your pick of restaurants and bars. Watch the moon rise every night and listen to the countless bands playing along the shores. Just magical!


On one of our more adventurous days, we decided to hire an ATV to discover more of the island and find the Ceba pictures we had come to know as Santorini. Heleni told us we would find them in Oia – a 20 minute drive on an ATV. An ATV for the day set us back 15 euro – a bargain we thought. We drove to Oia first, we saw that it was very touristy, lots of hotels and tons of tourists – all wanting to get that picture. We realised that the blue domes were representative of a church – so we started following signs to churches. We found a couple in Oia, where we also found breathtaking views of the island.

We cruised onto Fira – a much larger town where we hoped to find some more blue domes and to be precise we were looking for two or three in a row. Gus also needed some new Havianna’s, having worn them all through Europe, he could feel they’re run was over. We stopped off at a Havianna shop and asked the owner if he could show us where we could take photos of the domes, just like they appeared in the postcards. He told us we had to walk about 500m up a hill and they would be there. And so we walked.


We walked for a good kilometre and saw nothing – we kept walking thinking there was maybe a Lost in Translation theme happening – but no. There was nothing. We finally reached a dead end with a restaurant, we went to restaurant in hope that over this dead end we’d see the Ceba. But no – it was really just a dead end. There had been one blue dome, right at the beginning of our path but nothing like what we had seen in the pictures or postcards. We would have to content ourselves with the photos we got in Oia and hope the rest were photoshopped. It wasn’t until later that day that we were told a lot of these photos are taken from a helicopter or from private residences – which would make the perfect shot for the ordinary tourist impossible. However, we did try and survived the ATV experience. Definitely happy we did that – great value for money and the only way to see the island! :)

We absolutely loved Santorini. We got over the barren desert qualities very quickly and just fell in love with how laid back the people are here, it’s amazing beaches and of course our pool. We thought we would get to see the other islands while we were on Santorini, but it was a two hour ferry ride to the closest one – so we flagged that idea and decided to explore the island of Santorini itself. Will definitely come back here and explore the other islands of this amazing country!

P.S. It was during our time here that we heard about the bombings in Mumbai – our next destination after Greece. While we really wanted to go to India and experience everything it had to offer, knew that it was probably not a good idea to go. Just to make sure Gus looked up the location of our hotel and found out that the second bomb had gone off only two blocks away from the hotel. We decided to change our flights to skip Mumbai and move onto somewhere else – a lot of our time probably four or five days were spent re-organising our itinerary to deal with the bombings – so we probably took it a bit easy on the sightseeing here.

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Ancient Athens

We were sad to leave Italy and everything pizza. However, the sadness didn’t last long, as we were very excited to be heading to Greece. A two-hour plane trip from Rome to Athens was all it took to arrive at one of the most ancient places on earth. Again, we didn’t know what to expect as the recent news showed Athens plagued with chaos, tear gas and riots. We were lucky in that we experienced nothing of the sort- no riots, protests or any mishaps whatsoever. What we did experience was more of that European heat. We didn’t get a day below 37 degrees and when concrete and stone surround most of the city – it didn’t take long for us to decide most of our sightseeing would take place before midday.

We had a total of three days in Athens. The first day we woke up at 8am and headed to the Acropolis’ Parthenon. Tickets were 12 Euro each and we bought them at the ticket office that morning. Gus had a great tip from Rick Steve’s European guide on how to avoid lines at the ticket office. The answer was pretty straightforward: Get there before the tour buses and cruises, which come in at 11am. We avoided the lines, but got stung with a pretty hefty drink bill of 19 euro for two ice slushy drinks and a bottle of water. So don’t buy drinks outside the entrance to this place – rip off! Once we got through the main gates the sites were amazing. We saw Odeon of Herodes Atticus amphitheatre, where famous people such as Andre Rieu and Yanni have performed (if you consider them famous! :)) and of course the VERY famous Parthenon. The walk took about 20 minutes, it was up hill and pretty slippery in thongs – but it was simply stunning.


Later on that day we headed to the port of Athens, Piraeus. We needed to buy ferry tickets to Santorini and being on a budget decided to buy the seven hour ferry ride to the island. We figured that we’d achieved for the day so headed back to the hotel. Our hotel was probably one of the best ones we’ve had in Europe. It was a four star hotel near Victoria square – quite central to the metro and was just awesome service.

We got some rest before heading up to the highest peak in Athens – Mount Lykavittos. We should have again researched how far we actually had to walk, as it ended up being a two-hour walk – and in the relentless summer sun it seemed like four. We got off at the closest metro stop and headed towards the mountain. Walking through the high-end fashion part of the city called “Kolonaki”, with their gorgeous boutiques and your never fail Prada and Chanel boutiques. We walked straight passed these and onto the gigantic staircase awaiting us.

A total of 500 steps to get to the Funicular that would take us to the top of Lykavittos. We arrived at the funicular sweating, cheeks flushed and in considerable distress. I asked for two tickets and the lady behind the counter said that she didn’t have change for 50 Euro. I showed her my Visa – they take Credit right? Wrong! No Credit card – I would have to use the ATM behind me – which was of course out of order. At this point there were people getting onto the funicular. We weren’t. The lady behind the counter must have seen my crazy eyes or sensed Gus’ pacing the room as a sure sign of distress and miraculously came up with some change for our 50 Euros.

Fifteen minutes later and we were at the top. You can see views of then entire city from the top, an ocean of white roofs upon mountainous terrains. There is a little chapel at the top of the mountain, a restaurant (that was not open) and street vendors. Three of them selling ice cold water and jewellery. We would definitely recommend getting a taxi up to the funicular here, as the walk was quiet long and on a hot day seems to take forever.

Athens was ridiculously cheap, compared to the rest of Europe. We loved the food here and don’t think we paid more than 30 Euro for a meal. Wish we had more time to explore and minus the strikes that do stop public transport and taxis from running it’s such a great city to get around. The people here are amazing, so lovely and happy to help even though we didn’t know a word of Greek. Efharisto Athens!

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The Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Naples

We needed a break from all the hustle and bustle of Rome and Florence, so we decided to head to the famous Amalfi Coast for some fun in the sun.  The Amalfi Coast is renowned for being one of the most romantic destinations in Italy and with it’s turquoise coloured waters, rocky beaches and incredible sunsets it’s not hard to see why. We took a train from Rome to Salerno and then a ferry from the port of Salerno to the amazing Positano.  We initially thought Positano was our final destination, but having realised that we are hopeless at planning – weren’t surprised to learn that our B&B was actually in a town called Nocelle.  A 20-minute bus trip from the centre of Positano, took us directly to the top of a mountain and it’s last stop Nocelle. This small town is approximately 200 steps from the bus stop and 1700 steps to the beach.


We got down the 200 steps, (thanking our lucky stars we left our massive suitcases in Rome) and were greeted by a lady who we would come to know as Maria. Maria told us there was Pizza and Pasta at her restaurant from 7pm every night and that the B&B was still another 500 meters away. We continued sluggishly down the path. The walk to the B&B was charmingly long, cobble stone churches, kids playing soccer and did I mention steps? Oh yeah, there were lots of those too.

There’s a saying I like to use at the gym sometimes: ”Beauty is Pain, Beauty is Pain” – in lieu of the gym, I’ve learnt to use it in difficult situations – such as walking! :) The walk to the B&B was painful – but the views were exceptionally beautiful. Surpassing anything we expected and it made us forget the whole trip in. This would be our home for the next seven days and we couldn’t be happier. On arrival Salvatore told us the best beach (apart from the beach in Positano) was directly below us. 1700 steps to the beach or 30 minutes he said. 1700 steps? Too easy we thought! By the time we hit step 500 my legs were shaking, Gus was doing a bit better but he was “sweating like a mof0” – his words, not mine. It took us 45 minutes to get down to the beach, so we weren’t in any hurry to get back up to the top. We spent the rest of the day there, had a lovely lunch and then took a little boat back to Positano.


Ischia: We were pretty wrecked the next day. Our legs were stiff and we could barely walk. Salvatore our host commented “Ahhh…you have been down the stairs to the beach?”. Gus held back from punching him. We had heard of the thermal spas out at Ischia and decided that some healing may come of good use. The trip from Positano to Ischia is fairly long, it takes three hours to get to the port of Ischia and then a bus trip to the Poseidon Spas is another hour away. We finally made it to the spas at midday and they were amazing. Over ten glorious thermal spas, with temperatures ranging from 26 to 40 degrees. It would have been good idea to read the time recommendations before we hopped into the spas – as we spent about half an hour in each bath.  With the exception of the 15 degree-40 degree pool in which you sat in the 40 degree pool for three minutes and then sat in the 15 degree pool for 30 seconds. You are only allowed to do this a maximum of three times – I managed to go in twice, Gus did it 16 times! The thermal spas were an awesome day out and highly recommend you visit these baths if you are in the Amalfi, it’s great for relaxation.

Capri: We organised a day trip to sail to the island of Capri and Anacapri. Famous for the many celebrities that come to hide out whilst on holiday here and more impressively it’s Blue Grotto. They were on our bucket list as a must-see. We arrived at the port of Capri and decided to head to the highest peak on the island in Anacapri. Lovely boutiques and cafes in Anacapri and a lot less crowded that Capri. We took the chair life to the top of the mountain, from which you can see the whole island and on a clear day you can even see Mount Vesuvius. The vibe was a bit different back in Capri. Overcrowded, hot and extremely overpriced. Our favourite drink while on the Amalfi, was a glass of lemon-ice – which back in Positano would set you back one euro. In Capri, each lemon ice was over six euros. Restaurants were overflowing with tourists, so we decided to head back to the beach and wait for our boat.

Our boat took us to the Blue Grotto. Unfortunately for us, the weather conditions were a bit off that day and due to metre swells in the ocean they had closed down the Grotto for the day. As disappointed as we were, we got to see the green grotto and more importantly swim in it. We were told the Green Grotto was much more impressive. The tour also stopped by the White Grotto before taking us back up to Positano. It was an awesome day out and even though we didn’t get to the Blue Grotto – we loved that we were able to swim in the Green Grotto.

Pompeii & Naples: We organised another day trip to take us into Pompeii. There is no easy way of getting to Pompeii from Positano. The quickest way for us was to catch a bus from Positano to Sorrento and then the train from Sorrento to Pompeii. The trip in total took four hours. We could feel the heat as soon as we arrived in Pompeii. Again, not knowing where we were going – we followed the masses of people pouring into this heritage listed site. There we could see the town of Pompeii.  We decided to get a guided tour for 10 euro each and worked out to be a good idea. There was no way we were going to be able to work out what the buildings once were or what they were used for. Highlights here included the preserved bones of people who had “ducked and covered” before the ash finally hit them – a pregnant lady, an old man kneeling and a dog – it was incredible to see. The final building we saw was the famous brothel – with the ‘positions’ carved into the stone and beds made from concrete. Gus said they were comfortable! :)

Naples was a different story. Everyone that goes to Naples says that once they go, they realise that Rome is a sanctuary – quiet and peaceful.  We found this hard to believe, but as soon as we arrived we knew that we were in over our head. Rubbish everywhere, horrible smells, loud traffic and just crazy heat.  Gus was trying to find the best pizza, while I was trying to find the biggest piazza (square). Both rumoured to be in Naples. In the brief haze that was Naples, I remember three things:

  1. I told Gus off for wearing his “Lebowksi T-shirt” and making us look like easy targets – he immediately retaliated and told me off for wearing a silk dress.
  2. I lost my beautiful silver ring, owned for over five years – only because I was desperately trying to take it off to hide.
  3. The only pizza we did find was on a street cart. It was cold and relatively plain, but probably the best pizza on pic my plate so far and Gus loved it!

We left Naples after a quick three-hour walk through the streets and some cold pizza. It was enough for us to experience the ‘real’ Italy. And while we wouldn’t stay in Naples, Pompeii was an amazing experience and worth the trip out.

Positano: Our last few days were spent exploring Positano. Not so much exploring as perhaps lying on a beach. The beach we were told to go to on Positano was a smaller beach behind the main port called Da Ferdinando. The beach was awesome, warm water and well the sand was pretty hot…but what made this beach awesome was that the owner LOVED Australia and had decked out his beach hut in green and gold. Our deck chairs and umbrella’s were green and gold. He had the Australian flag flying high from his roof. Could be a smart business man? But to a couple of home-sick Aussies, it was awesome. So for 14 euro we hired a couple of sun beds, an umbrella and spent the day on the beach.

Most our nights were spent at Maria’s restaurant in Nocelle called Il Ristoro de Gli Dei.  Not much to look at from the outside  – but had the most spectacular views of Positano and not to mention the most divine eggplant parmagiana. We had dinner here on four of the seven nights and only held back on eating there every night because we were playing hard to get – but really there was no point. We loved the food here and the entertainment was hard to beat. Arch Angelo, the owner of the restaurant played the accordion and tried to get everyone involved. On our second night there, one of the guests bought his Ukulele in and joined in with Arch Angelo’s songs. On our last night the Ukulele was absent, so Arch Angleo got Gus a tambourine and mid one of the songs, some guy from another table started getting into the opera singing. Our last night was spent singing Italian opera songs, whilst playing the tambourine.

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The Amalfi coast was by far our favourite place on the trip and the only place that we were actually sad to leave. We could have stayed another two weeks here and it would have not been enough. We left our Italian family, who cooked us awesome meals and our beaches – lovely warm and clear blue beaches. There isn’t a lot more to say about Amalfi, except for that you must go. You will fall in love with the people, the food and it’s culture – the ultimate Italian dream.

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