After our little problem with daylight savings on Logan’s birthday (we didn’t know it had happened) we were happy to be on time to the ferry to get to Capri. Like everything else involving Capri, the ferry was expensive (26 euro a person) but beautiful. The ride was about 40 minutes and gave us great views of both Capri and Napoli Bay. After we arrived on the island we grabbed another expensive boat to take us to the Blue Grotto and then onwards around the whole island. We had debated going to the Blue Grotto (13 euro to get in plus the cost of the boat!) but we figured that it would be crazy to go to Capri and not see its most famous attraction. We ended up in our own boat (usually they put four people in each boat) and into the grotto we went. And you know what? It really is blue!! Due to some technical difficulties (the batteries in the good camera died) we didn’t get great pictures of the grotto, but it was amazingly beautiful and really set the tone for what was to come on Capri.
After visiting the grotto our boat took us the rest of the way around the island and we saw all the towns and marinas on the island (all two towns and two marinas), other smaller grottos, Via Krupp (a VERY twisty road down to a beach) and Faraglioni (famous rocks where you are supposed to kiss apparently). We also saw beautiful villas atop the hills, where the rich and famous go for vacation. My favorite part, other than the grotto, was seeing the blue, blue water that this region is known for.
After our boat ride around the island we walked. And walked. And walked. My calves were sore for DAYS after our day on Capri from all the walking (straight up and down hills of course, this is Europe after all). While we were walking we found lemon gelato, Augustus Gardens, and endless narrow streets with beautiful lemon groves mixed in with the homes. I really loved Capri and from every vista the beautiful blue water took my breath away.
The last thing we did while on the island was taking the bus over to Anacapri (the smaller town) to grab the chair lift up Mount Salerno. The views at the top were amazing and were worth the 8-euro we paid to get to the top. We decided to save some money and walk down the mountain, which was beautiful but was a calf-killer (I think I will probably have calves of steel after this trip).
I really loved Capri. I thought it was breathtakingly beautiful and I have visions of using the color of the Capri-blue water to decorate a room in my house someday. If we ever have the money I would love to return to Capri to swim in the water, eat more lemon gelato and vacation as the rich do. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and if it was not expensive (which it REALLY is, we didn’t really even eat the whole day because food was crazy expensive) I would have loved to spend days (or weeks or months) sitting, walking, sunning, enjoying the beautiful island of Capri.