The first time I visited Capri was in 1999 as part of a Trafalgar tour, we spent one night in Naples and a day on the island of Capri, it was summer and perfect weather for wearing singlets and shorts or a skirt. This time it was spring and although not quite as hot as it gets in summer, my wardrobe of jeans, leggings and long sleeve shirts was not entirely appropriate so I had to do a little shopping and pick up a couple of t-shirts and a skirt. Not a great hardship as you can imagine.
Dressed in a t-shirt and skirt and wearing the sandals I had bought in Assisi, I boarded the boat to Capri with Marty. Instead of cruising across on a ferry and spending all day on the island itself, we chose a small charter boat (along with 4 other couples) and spent more time on the water with a few hours to explore Capri. Our captain’s name was Francesco, quite a character and seemingly very relaxed about everything, he even joined us for a drink or two.
The water was quite choppy and the skies threatening once we left the Marina, it wasn’t the most pleasant ride for someone who gets seasick but it was nice to sit back, relax and not worry about what we were going to do with our day. Lunch had been prepared, mozzarella and salami on crusty bread, wrapped in foil so that we could take it with us on a walk around Capri. We met a wonderful couple from Canada, Donella and Ross, while Marty wandered the marina on the island I walked with Donella and Ross up to Capri to check out the town. The walk up is not easy, many stairs and in the heat of the day we stopped a couple of time to catch our breath and admire the courtyards of the houses lining the path.
Capri is pretty, it would have been lovely to have had more time to take a bus to Anacapri, the town of Capri is quite commercial and extremely touristy, everything is priced for the moderately wealthy and we were happy to have our sandwiches. You can catch a funicular up to Capri and if your legs are tired from the walk up or you’ve done too much shopping then you can catch a ride back down again. We opted for walking back down and stopped for a hot chocolate and coffee before getting back on the boat. The hot chocolate in Italy is served thickened with cornflour or something similar, tasty but on Capri it is a rip-off at 4,50 euros for a small cup, still the atmosphere and smell of fresh, salty air was almost worth it.
We cruised back via the blue grotto, green grotto and white grotto, Marty managed to fit in a swim at one point and although cold he was thrilled to be swimming in the waters surrounding such a famous island. At the blue grotto there were several boats lined up to ferry tourists into the cave, for only 12,50 euros you too can enjoy a quick, and I mean quick look at the grotto and then be on your way. Only one couple on our boat took up the offer, perhaps we will visit again on another trip to Italy, but it really isn’t high on my travel bucket list. Many photos and a couple of days later I realised that I had forgotten to adjust my ISO, it was way too high and many photos have suffered because of it. Regardless of the stuff up it was an exciting and memorable day and if I don’t enlarge the photos too much I won’t notice how grainy they are 😉