This morning I read in the New York Times about NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s current holiday to Capri, Italy. I thought it was amusing that even on vacation, he maintains his “every man” public persona by staying at a modest hotel at Ana Capri– not even on the main glamorous island of Capri itself. He and his family eat at simple restaurants, and they took the (gasp!) public ferry from Naples. In contrast, the reporter writes about Cameron Diaz, who is also in the area, taking a private helicopter to arrive to Capri for her stay.
Five years ago I took that same public ferry from Naples, on a vacation to Capri and the Amalfi Coast. In fact, at the risk of giving too much information, two unforgettable weeks on that glorious coast produced the 4-year old travel companion I have today. It really is a special part of the world– the bright color of the waters, the lingering smell of Amalfi’s lemon trees, the towering rock formations rising from the water called faraglioni. We stayed at the JK Capri (www.jkcapri.com), a beautiful hotel that I had dreamed of experiencing for some years before that trip, and it didn’t disappoint.
I’m happy for the de Blasio family and hope they truly enjoy their stay– despite the fact that they are being followed by a pack of reporters chronicling their activities at every turn!
Come to think of it, I wish I was one of those reporters. Not a bad trip to take for “work.”
Below are some photos of the region. One day I will have to tell Lulu about that trip, about this corner of Italy and what it meant to me– and how she is the product of that snapshot in time, the best memory of all.