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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Tables of Sorrento, Italy

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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Every moment of our trip to Italy was absolutely magnificent.  My favorite moments were those spent in Sorrento and along the Amalfi Coast.  As we checked out of Hotel Bellevue Syrene, Sweet Mister told the staff, "We'll be back!"  I can hardly wait, and I'll wait as long as necessary.

  I want to share some of the tables of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast...and some of my favorite sights along the way in my next few posts.  I'll keep the text to a minimum...well, a minimum for me.  Here we go...

After a train ride from Florence to Naples, a driver picked us up.  We drove along the coast, with a view of Mt. Vesuvius across the bay.



After a short drive, we found ourselves dropping down into the amazing town of Sorrento...






...and delivered to the beautiful Hotel Bellevue Syrene.  This was my first view of the tables of Sorrento.  Upon entering, we were immediately welcomed to a...




 ...cucina, which served delicious complimentary treats to hotel guests throughout the day.  Sorrento is famous for their HUGE lemons.

The Bellevue Syrene was originally a mansion.  The lobby used to be the balcony overlooking the sea.  It was simply glassed in to create a lovely spot for registration.

I think that surely this was the original inspiration for that all time favorite...the Chi Pet.  LOL






Views from the lobby....oh my...sigh.


A short stroll through gorgeous rooms...


















...and we were handed the keys to our own little piece of paradise.  Can you believe that there are blessed people who wake up to this every morning?

More to come in my next post.  I can only hope that if you haven't had the opportunity to spend time in Sorrento, Italy, that the beauty of this marvelous and magical spot on Earth will be yours to absorb some day soon.



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!   


25 comments:

Karin Şen Cankan said...

I just love Italy the love of my life, the food, the wine, the art, the cities and maybe Italy has a different place in my heart is because I was 1,5 months old pregrant with Talya when I first visited, maybe that is the reason and ever since then we always visit Italy as we get the chance, , but enjoyed your post and took me way back to great memeries.

thank you for sharing.

Have a safe trip

Lots of Love,

Karin Şen Cankan
karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

Janet said...

wow! what a beautiful place. The photos are just gorgeous. I would certainly love to visit there one day. Looking forward to more posts from you!!!Janet Blondell

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay, this is a fabulous post. Your photos are amazing and makes me wish to just jump on my broom and whisk myself there. So very very lovely. Thanks so much for letting us vicariously take part in your wonderful trip. Many blessings, marlis

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said...

Thanks for the lovely trip ! The views are wonderful. I can't think of anyplace on earth that could be as wonderful as the deck with the tables waiting for you to sit down! Love the pick couch! I just covered mine in a bright pink and LOVE it! Thanks again, Jules

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Wow! What an amazing place that must be! Stunning views and the hotel is gorgeous....I LOVE that chandelier pictured and the wonderful stripey cabanas! Thanks for sharing!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Gorgeous pictures!! Brings back memories of our trips to Italy! We absolutely love it there!!

Thanks for sharing.

Katherine

Pondside said...

It has been years since I visited Sorrento, but your photos took me right back. You seem to have chosen a very beautiful hotel - What a setting!

once in a blue moon said...

dang i love your trip, so many fantastic shots and sights!

once in a blue moon said...

love your trip!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG I am ready to sale my house just to go there!
Your pictures are breathtaking, what a trip, what views, lucky you!
Thanks for the tour!
Cindy

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh my goodness, I can hardly believe my eyes, this is so beautiful! I just KNOW I need to visit here someday, it is now on my bucket list!! Thanks you so much for sharing this lovely place on earth with us!
Terry
PS and that you from the bottom of my heart for the nice comment about my tablescape, it means the world to me!

Dining Delight said...

Magnificent! How I'd love to dine on one of those fab balconies overlooking the water!

DD

Kathleen said...

What a view! Wonderful,
I was thinking chia pet as soon as I saw that statue, lol!

lanakwaustin@att.net said...

MAGICAL!!!! I loved Sorrento so much, too@! I can't believe we were there just a week a part!!!! (we signed up for a USO tour)

Have a great week/blessings,
Lana

Shel said...

It's stunning! Thanks for sharing
Shel x

Sweetladyelaine said...

Beautiful pictures! It looks so inviting...thanks for sharing..I would love to visit Italy one day.
Blessings My Friend,

laxsupermom said...

What a beautiful city! I just want to dive right into your pictures! Thanks for sharing it with us.

xinex said...

What a breathtaking view, Cherry kay! I just love the coast of Italy and France too and Nice and Monaco!...Christine

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Your blog is so beautiful, I want to thank you for letting me enjoy your photos, descriptions and ideas. I wrote a comment yesterday but it wouldn't publish! I posted this to my FB wall for all my friends and family to enjoy your talents, Thank you...Emelia.

Splenderosa said...

My sweet friend, I am once again back in Sorrento at our beautiful hotel and environs. What beautiful photos you've made for all of us to share. I know this is my "true" home in my heart. And, it looks like you feel the same. Returning again and again, it just gets better. Next time go to Chaplin's Pub...the owners Maria & Luigi are SPLENDID, & they have 2 beautiful daughters who spent the day with us when we drove over to Positano. xx's

Poppy said...

Wow! These are the most beautiful pictures of Sorrento! Felt like I'm touring Italy... beautiful shots each and every one of them... from Mt Vesuvius.. to the gorgeous hotel rooms and chandeliers...thanks for taking us on this beautiful journey.. looking forward to more. Happy Sunday!~Poppy

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Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I'm finally coming back to re-read this post, and I love it! The swirly iron railing in the first balcony picture caught my eye -- and then I saw the same wonderful design repeated in the bench a few pics later. I can certainly see why you enjoyed your trip so much! Thanks for the vacation today.

Anonymous said...

Some of those floor tiles are just fabulous...The Europeans are so much braver with color and pattern than North Americans...I have noticed it is becoming trendy here to have these colorful tiles.

Thank you for dropping by and commenting on my blog. I really appreciate it. chania @Razmataz

The Tablescaper said...

Oh how glorious. It reminds me of my honeymoon on the Amalfi coast.

- The Tablescaper

Everything Coastal said...

discovered this post from a link at Between Naps on the Porch - simply stunning! I am so jealous.

Caron