after riding our boat into the open sea (oh, how i wish we were back!), we took a little break in the hotel before going out for dinner and walking around the town. we had dinner at one of the first places we passed; it was so quaint and the guy on the street drew us in with his little spiel. i can't even remember the name of this place, but the service was great (small family-run place) and the food was classic and delicious.
from our hotel roof.
i wish we had cute little alleys like this in toronto and we could eat dinner outside.
the next morning was the day we were most looking forward to the whole trip - kayaking along the amalfi coast! it was supposed to be a 4 hour long private tour with stops along beaches and beautiful sites. we were to meet our guide at 10:30 on a beach right by our hotel. just after that time, he still wasn't there and dylan was sure we were getting stood up when they weren't answering their phone to see where they were or if we were in the wrong spot (dylan, ever the optimist). finally, about 15 minutes later, we got a call back and it turns out that our guide had actually fallen down stairs going down the cliff and was pretty badly injured, like bone sticking out of his forearm bad. they asked if we could wait until about noon and they would send someone out by then.
killing time waiting for the new guide.
once our guide (antonio) got there, he gave us a quick lesson. kayaking in a lake (like we've done here in toronto) is a little different than kayaking in the sea with big waves. i was nervous because the water was looking pretty choppy, but off we went. unfortunately, dylan was just not comfortable in the kayak and there was no way he was making it for 4 hours. we lasted about an hour and then decided to end it.
even though we didn't get to see the sites we really wanted to, and it didn't turn out exactly as planned, it was still a lot of time. after some grueling arm work (haha), we took a dip in the water, then went back to the hotel to dry off, and then of course - more exploring.
gelato. all the gelato.
after lunch, we decided to just follow staircases up to who knows where. we would come to a set of two, pick a way, and continue on up. we had no idea where we were going or what not, but just seeing how people live and the town was built was quite interesting.
all that walking paid off.
we deserved a drink.
that night we had a really awesome dinner at da gemma.
caprese salad 3 ways. incredible.