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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sorrento, Italy, Part II


First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
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For the past few weeks, I've been involved with preparations for a large luncheon on the back porch for about 60 guests.  The luncheon is in two days, and I'll share it with you next week.  This week, I want to share with you some more highlights of our time in Sorrento, Italy.  I'll be keeping it short and sweet.


After settling in to our hotel, the gorgeous Hotel Bellevue Syrene, it was time to explore the square in Sorrento. 



The entire walk was filled with local eye candy....

Can you imagine coming home each evening and passing through this door?  I'm fascinated by unique doorways....are you?


I kept thinking of these passages as alleys, but they're really some of those quaint and narrow streets that I told you about in my post on Florence.  There was a wedding just ending as we passed.  The guests were chatting and sipping wine, standing in the lane as we passed.  There was only room for what I'm guessing was the get-away car.

Tablescape.....sort of...this was the seating for a local gelato shop.  They'd be fun for our grandkids.

I'm enchanted by the gorgeous Italian yellows found on so many buildings.

Just your everyday, centuries old loggia, where the older men of the community gather to talk....how gorgeous is this!




I can only imagine the joy of shopping for my produce everyday at open-air markets like these.  Wow!



The central square....a dynamic, energy-filled location.  Busy, but not hectic....I loved it!









 Not exactly your average Bed Bath 'n Beyond.  I've had dreams about this shop since returning from our trip....oh my....linen heaven!



We heard music playing, so naturally we turned the corner and headed down the alley/lane to seek out the sound.  That's how we found this wonderful restaurant, tucked into the alley space.

It was a perfect evening...




 The strolling musician loved that KC speaks Italian, and from her conversation, he figured out that she was a singer/songwriter.


The restaurant staff persuaded her to "sing for her supper."





I even managed to capture a blue hour shot.  It was a delightful evening.....

...and after a delicious gelato at the best gelato shop in Sorrento...

...We strolled back to the square across the street from our hotel....

 ...and headed for bed.  Tomorrow we'll be driven over the hill to the other side of the penninsula for a day trip along the Amalfi Coast.  Night, night!

Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, "Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "Tablescape Thursday."   Hop on over HERE and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 9:00 pm on Wednesdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.


You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  Her latest CD is called "Orchid."  It is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her!   






15 comments:

Lana K. W. Austin said...

I loved re-visiting the beautiful Sorrento with you! I don't know how I missed that linens shop, but Tom would probably be happy that I missed it ;)
And that's just awesome that KC had the Italian conversation and then sang!!! That's an amazing memory!!!!!!

Hugs/blessings,
Lana

Marigene said...

The open air market has me drooling...I would spend hours there!

Splenderosa said...

It simply has my heart...

Jacqueline said...

Sorrento was absolutely gorgeous and it was fun to revisit it with you. I remember all of the lemons. I just planted a lime tree and am going to go back and get a lemon tree! I will have to move them inside, but they are so beautiful.

How fun that she sang for the restaurant! I bet that was magical. Your bed is gorgeous. Keep having a wonderful time.

Pondside said...

That bed............I just know I'd have the best sleep!

Martha said...

Thanks for sharing your trip -- you were in Italy while we were in England -- don't you just love the markets!!! I was envious of those lemons!!!
Beautiful pictures!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed seeing all of this! How neat that your daughter was asked to sing!

Katherine

Shel said...

I so enjoy "travelling" with you...it is beautiful...love the restuarant and those huge lemons.
How blessed you are to have that beautiful daughter!
Shel x

Marlis said...

Wonderful that KC knows Italian and got to sing.. How nice that must have been for you. Your photos are amazing.. I want to live in that linen shop! OOH just to touch and see all the pretties. Many blessings, marlis

xinex said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip to Sorrento, Cherry Kay. I have been there but it's been quite a few years ago but your pictures are enticing to go back. Everything is so beautiful!...Christine

The Tablescaper said...

Cherry Kay:

Such an amazing trip. How wonderful to enjoy it with your daughter.

Can't wait to see your upcoming luncheon.

- The Tablescaper

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your beautiful post reminds me of just how much beauty there is in every day life in places like this. The doorways, streets, shops, restaurants, buildings. Loved the linen shop!!!!! I would have brought home one of the lace tablecloths. Yvonne of StoneGable featured one of those this week. Can't wait to see your AMalfi post!

lulumusing said...

I love all things Italian, no matter what part of Italy they are in. Like you I find so much to photograph...doors, laundry, markets. I was in Italy in April and did a series of posts. Maybe you would enjoy sharing. Can't wait yo see your luncheon tables.

Poppy said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures of Sorrento....and that linen store is simply gorgeous...( drooling...). I love how you captured all those beautiful architecture and the yellow hues through your lenses... thanks for sharing with us. I loved it!~Poppy

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Kathleen said...

The fruit market, the linen store, oh my! Looks heavenly!
Can't wait to see the luncheon!