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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Tables of Sorrento, Italy, 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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The Garden Friends BIble study gathered again today at our house to begin our new year of study and fellowship.  I prepared a table to welcome them back, and we had a joyful time.  I have tons of pictures to share with you.  I'm going to wait until next week to post them because I want to take the proper time with them.  Tonight, we''re headed back to Sorrento, Italy to see the sights of the Amalfi Coast and some more of the tables of Sorrento.  After a busy day of entertaining, I think that I'll keep it somewhat short and sweet.  Post Script:  Well, it's short on verbage...but photo intense...I just couldn't help myself...fair warning.

We started bright and early, when our driver picked us up to head over the mountain to the magnificent Amalfi Coast.  Our first stop was Positano...

Dropping down into the lovely town of Positano, we stopped at a parking garage.  KC and I immediately wanted to make a pit stop  (TMI)...



The powder room and this were tucked under the parking garage.  See the kitty cat sipping water? 

Back up in the streets, the floral displays were gorgeous.

Leaving Positano ...



 ...to continue along the Amalfi Coast...






...and through the town of Amallfi, the oldest of the costal communities.  







We continued on to Ravello, one of the marvelous old walled cities....


...We explored a magnificent old villa... 







...My idea of the perfect fixer-upper....










...Can't you just see a massive, long table set for dinner al fresco?  This is where I told Sweet Mister.... 





 ...that he could buy it for me any time.  He passed.



After a delicious lunch, overlooking the sea, we retraced our steps to Sorrento, a nap, and...


 ...an idyllic, enchanted evening....

...at a beautiful table with a view of Mt. Vesuvius... 





a magical blue hour...


 ...and the love of my life, Sweet Mister...





It just kept getting better... 

...Amazing food and impeccable service... 



at the terrace dining room.... 
...of our wonderful hotel, The Hotel Bellevue Syrene.  We will return. If you have the opportunity, don't miss it!


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.

I think that any season is the right time to ponder magical moments spent during long dreamed of visits to foreign lands.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper HERE for her meme Seasonal Sundays.  Don't miss out on this marvelous blog party.  See you there!  

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:

Pondside said...

Is there a more beautiful drive? Could food taste better anywhere else in the world?
It has been nearly 30 years since I drove on that coast with The Great Dane and our then-little son. It's still like a wonderful dream of sunshine, incredibly blue sky and water - thank you for bringing back those lovely memories.

Lana K. W. Austin said...

Ahhhh.....such beauty! I can't believe I'm leaving Italy TOMORROW@@!!! I LOVED Sorrento/Amalfi, etc.
The restaurant overlooking the sea at your hotel was STUNNING....BEYOND STUNNING......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have to admit that while we were on the Amalfi Coast Drive that I was too terrified (fear of heights!) to take photos!!! So, I'm glad you have some great ones!!!

Hugs/blessings,
Lana

Veronica said...

Oh wow this brought back such lovely memories for me! I only visited positano briefly and it is just utterly charming and your pics showed me so much more than I saw! Loved the post!!! Thanks a load, I need to go back for sure and do it properly!How romanic are those shots from the table...wow!

Veronica

AshTreeCottage said...

I have also driven along this coast and was so stunned by it's magnificent beauty. Thanks for taking me back!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

lulumusing said...

All things Italian win my heart. Seeing your photos brings back so many memories and makes me yearn for the next trip.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

What a beautiful tour. I would love to go there. The view from your table was just stunning and I loved the blue hour too. Thanks for taking us along. Beautiful photos!

Martha said...

Beautiful pictures -- it is so lovely to travel and see other countries. Your pictures of Italy are beautiful.

Meredith said...

Beautiful! Looks like a wonderful trip!

Janet said...

thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in person.!

Splenderosa said...

Heavenly Heavenly Heavenly...
but you know I've always thought this...
xx's

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous pics! Something I will never see in person.
I wonder if they would cringe if I ordered a diet soda, I don't drink. Once at a famous steak house in NYC I ordered a salad for dinner and the waiter scolded me! Son and dh had steaks, but I couldn't.
Look fwd to your tables.
Have a great weekend!

Mary said...

What gorgeous scenery & beautiful photos! A trip there is on my bucket list~

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

What a gorgeous place! Stunning shots. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Alycia Nichols said...

What are those tangled vines that are going across the stone walls? Those are gorgeous!!! Gosh, looking out over the sea like that from the hillside must be awesome! All the boats out there in the water look so tiny from that view! And are those CLOUDS I see (where you say you're leaving Positano)????!! Wow!!! That IS up high!!! I'm scared to death of heights, but looking at it from here is beautiful! And, egads! That villa in Ravello is magnificent!!! yes, I could DEFINITELY see setting up a long table for 60 in that long, lovely area. It's as if it was made exclusively for that purpose! I can see why you guys had such a wonderful time there and would want to return! Thanks for sharing the photos! I am living vicariously through you with them! :-)

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay.. thank you so much for sharing all this beauty with us.. Your photos are stunning. What a delightful meal you had sitting in your hotel..So beautiful. It's been decades since I've been there so this was a delightful visit today. hugs.. xo marlis

xinex said...

That's what I call dining in style with the perfect view. So beautiful and romantic, Cherry Kay. Your pictures are so pretty and they make me want to go back. The terrace looks so inviting. But just like Kathleen, hubby and I would order a diet coke, lol.......Christine

Poppy said...

Thanks for sharing these amazingly beautiful pictures,Cherry Kay... I always enjoy viewing your pictures of Italy and love how beautifully you take these gorgeous shots... of the breathtaking views of the coastlines and sunsets, especially the gorgeous architecture... I love medieval architecture! Loved the tablesetting with the stunning backdrop in the blue hour...hauntingly beautiful! Thanks for taking us to the Amalfi coast and for taking the time to leave me a sweet note on my late summer blooms... always a pleasure to hear from you.Have a wonderful weekend~Poppy

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Entertaining Women said...

Thanks Poppy, and everyone for your sweet comments. The coastal shots were all taken from the back seat of our moving car. Love my camera; it's quite forgiving. Cherry Kay

A Perfect Setting said...

I hope one day I can visit there, this is the trip of a lifetime. Your photography is beautiful, I especially love the dining shots, with the gorgeous view! Just beautiful!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a trip of a lifetime, so magical, serene and beautiful. I would dream about it forever after getting home.. someday...
I'll be looking forward to pictures from the Oklahoma Flaming Festival. Mary Carol is truly one of the most generous sincere people I've been fortunate to meet. She truly inspires me to keep my shop up to date.. lol... hugs ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi sweetie, I'm glad you're enjoying the post and not getting bored with them, there a couple of more coming up. I checked on her on line store I believe they are there. If not you can sure call Briarcliff and Janet can help you out, she is a dolly. I can't wait to see how you use them.. I hope you're having a super w/k. hugs ~lynne~

once in a blue moon said...

really enjoyed your tour, so nice of you to take us along~

The Tablescaper said...

Oh be still my heart. We honeymooned in Positano 24 years ago. We swore we'd go back, but haven't been yet. Such amazing views, such amazing food. You bring back such memories.

Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Cherry Kay,

My husband and I have travelled almost every where in the world but its always Italy any time and place in Italy for us we always go back and vist.

Loved all your photos thank you for sharing.

Lots of Love,

Karin Şen Cankan
karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

We were traveling around the French countryside during September of last year. We saw beautiful scenery, but nothing like these coast line shots. Amazing images! Makes me want to book a trip to the Amalfi Coast.