Friday, May 24, 2013

Day 3 on SeaDream... Amalfi!

We woke up Monday morning with a lovely view of Amalfi, another coastal Italian town.  I remember watching an episode of Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown when she visited Amalfi and talked about the beauty of doing nothing...


First view of Amalfi...

Nothing was pretty much what I felt like doing, thanks to my cold.  Nevertheless, we did venture ashore and were rewarded with yet another stroll in a very cute and tourist friendly Italian town.  We ate breakfast in the dining salon that morning.  I had oatmeal and asked for a "wee dram" of scotch.  I noticed a couple of passengers watching curiously as Olivier brought me a shot of scotch to pour into my oatmeal.  I really only needed a few drops.  I learned during our Scottish Isles cruise on Hebridean Princess that a little scotch can be heavenly in oatmeal.  Besides, Bill enjoyed drinking what I didn't use.  

After breakfast, my Nikon was suitably charged, so I was able to take it with me into Amalfi, which also has steep pathways but none I felt like I had to climb to get somewhere cool.  In fact, compared to Capri, Amalfi seemed very laid-back.


The center of town...

The sun kept coming in and going out that day and it was still a bit too chilly to think about swimming, even though the water was so blue and inviting.  Somehow, we ended up in a pedestrian tunnel which spit us out on the other side of the town, where I was able to get a few nice shots of the coast.  Unfortunately, I was still really fatigued from the cold and craving a massage from one of the tiny Thai ladies in the SeaDream spa.


Mmm... fresh fish!


Bill poses after asking about batteries for my camera.  I think we gave up on that after Amalfi.


We ran into this cool little display in Amalfi.  I was gratified to see an Italian school girl taking a photo as well...


BIG lemons!  Almost as big as my melons!


Beautiful shoreline...

After a couple of hours walking around, we boarded the somewhat treacherous tender and headed back to the yacht, where I made a beeline to the fourth deck.  I made a spa appointment for an Asian Fusion treatment for 2:00 that afternoon.  Then, I slipped into my bathing suit and sat in the hot tub for awhile, while Job the waiter kept me supplied with plastic flutes full of prosecco.  I couldn't help but notice a much larger Silversea cruise ship was also in port.  I had seen two of them when we were in Venice, and I'm pretty sure this one was not one of the two we'd seen previously.  If I'm right, that means at least three Silversea ships were in Italy.  I think there was also a Le Ponant ship in port, too.  Bill and I couldn't help but notice how much it was listing.  I was definitely glad I wasn't onboard that rocking vessel, even though I'm kind of curious about Le Ponant.


Excuse the yucky bathing suit shot, but this is how I enjoyed Amalfi...

After lunch, I went to the spa and sat in the sauna and steam room, which helped soothe me somewhat.  Then, a very tiny and cute massage therapist worked some of the knots out of my body.  After an hour on the massage table, I was feeling very relaxed and needed another nap.

I noticed during lunch that SeaDream had changed out their china.  Instead of the blue and white plates with little anchors on them, they had black and white plates that looked very modern.  I kind of missed the old plates.  It seems silly to notice it, but I did.

I made it to the piano bar on Monday night, but was a bit hoarse and couldn't sing worth a damn.  I left early and hit the sack.  Our stewardess, Antonette, left us breath mints.  No, it wasn't a hint.  SeaDream usually leaves little gifts at night and breath mints are what they give on the third night, I think.




Beautiful scenery...


I could get used to Amalfi...








  

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