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Thursday 6 September 2007

CK Goes to Italy – Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana)

The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) consists of a 50-km coastline stretching from Sorrento to Salerno via Positano and Amalfi. I always have a passion for the mountains and the seas, not to mention this coastline with steep cliffs dropping down to the deep blue sea! How could I miss it, right? So, I boarded the Circumvesuviana from Naples to Sorrento again on 9th of June, 2006. Upon arrival at Sorrento, I headed straight to the SITA bus station to take the bus for a joy ride along the narrow ribbon of asphalts winding along the cliffs.

The first stop of the express bus I took was Positano. I didn't have the chance to take decent photos for the ride from Sorrento to Positano, because I was on the side of the bus facing the cliffs instead of the sea! When the bus arrived at Positano with most of the passengers alighted from the bus, I quickly grabbed a seat by the side of the bus facing the sea, and this is the first decent shot I could take showing the buildings built on cliffs at Positano.

From then on, I could happily click my shutter away for more decent shots along this long and winding, ribbon-like asphalt covered motorway. The construction of this motorway is an engineering feat by itself, as spectacular as the view of the steep cliffs dropping down into the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.

The view of the mountain ranges soaring up from the deep blue water is just so astonishing!

As the bus swivelled through the bends, I could see a wider view of the mountain ranges.

There were small surprises along the way, with a view of a small church overlooking the sea.

And there are some interesting rock formations along the way too.

I wish that I owned this peninsula and I could build a castle, so that I could play with the blue water at the tip of the peninsula everyday.

Peeping through a valley in between the steep cliffs is a common scene here, but where else on earth could we find a breathtaking coastline like this?

I wonder how many man-hours were spent on blasting the rocks to build the road clinging on the cliffs.

These are the people enjoying life to the extreme! They live by the cliff and swim in pools dug out of the cliff!

Eventually, there are many people who know how to make use of their lives to the fullest. They can have the view everyday but it was the once-in-a-lifetime thingy for me.

Well, there is an end to whatever beautiful things on earth, so lets enjoy it while it lasts! :)

If you would like to read my other posts on Italy, these are the links:

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