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Thursday, May 9, 2013

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 Chia 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.


Living vicariously...that's one of the joys of The Tablescaper's "Oh the Places I've Been #3".  Travel on over!  You don't even have to pack a bag or endure the hassel of the airport!

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 "The Tag Hollow Sessions""  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:

Sonia said...

Oh my goodness! Gorgeous photographs and I'm sure it was amazing to be there in person. Someday when my hubbie retires we hope to go there! Lots of gorgeous places to enjoy...and oh my those lemons!!
Miss Bloomers

Martha said...

We're going there in October for a week after we spend a week at a house we've rented in Positano (I'll get to cook!) Thanks for sharing for I'll remember you pictures as they come to life for me!

Pondside said...

Wouldn't I just love to be there!
I was in Sorrento many, many years ago with The Great Dane and our then-tiny son. I will never forget the colour of the water, the warm welcome we received everywhere (just take a baby - it's magic!) and the food, too! Thanks for taking me back.

Sarah said...

Oh, I don't think I can get enough of your photos from this trip. This is an area of Italy I'd love to experience. Look forward to more. '-)

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Gorgeous pictures! Thanks so much for "taking" us with you!

Diane said...

Cherry Kay - after reading this, I feel bad for my husband. On our trip to Italy, we did not get this far south. Now, my poor husband will have to pay for another trip - I simply must see Sorrento - drool!! This post is so lovely and the photographs should be in a travel brochure. They certainly made me want to rush over to the travel agent this afternoon!!!

Rettabug said...

Gorgeous shots of some wonderful memories...for BOTH of us! We made much the same trip years before we owned a digital camera, so sadly, all of mine are in photo albums in the garage.

Your post took me down memory lane...I swear we stood at the exact same balcony in Sorrento! Loved every minute of seeing uour Italy trip.

Ruth Kelly said...

Decorating with lemons - what a great idea! Loved your photos of your trip - they were spectacular!

xinex said...

Breathtaking sceneries, Cherry Kay. I just love that coast! I have been to Sorrento, Capri and Naples and I just love seeing all that all over again but the Hotel Bellevue Syrene is truly amazing, never been there. Your photos are fabulous. ....Christine

The Tablescaper said...

Oh Cherry Kay, all I can think of is our honeymoon - 25 years ago! The most memorable portion of which was spent on the Amalfi coast. Such an magical place. Love your photos!!!

Happy to have you at "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

- The Tablescape

Botanic Bleu said...

The coast of Italy is beautiful. Thanks for taking photos of the cliffs, the clear water, and the balconies of the note and sharing them with us. It certainly makes me want to go.

Judith

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Cherry Kay, I did have the good luck to spend a few days in Sorrento and I LOVED it! The views!! And the food and lemons!! We were on a ship so we went back and forth and did not stay in a hotel but I know just where you were! Oh, I would love to go back. Thank you for the tour! I hope you show us more photos. If you have not heard the song "Return to Sorrento" you should google it. It's just like a love song to a beautiful place with wonderful people. Linda

Mona said...

Magnificent! that is certainly a REAL alfresco dining terrace...these pictures are wonderful..made me want to travel there..
Love, Mona

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How lovely! I would really enjoy sitting on that terrace and just looking at the view! Such a beautiful place.

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay, this is just a wonderful spot. Your photos are mouth watering! I am wondering how you managed to leave that place!!! xo marlis