OK, this is finally it. My last Europe post.
It kinda makes me sad, because that means the trip is officially behind me!
But that’s OK … you never know when another adventure is going to be around the corner!
So, let’s talk about the island of Capri.
And let’s talk about how it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life!
While on the cruise, our last excursion stop was in Naples, Italy. But I had heard that there wasn’t much to see in Naples. So instead, we took a water “taxi” over to the island of Capri.
When we first got over there, we decided to grab a bite to eat before exploring.
So we split a margarita pizza. Best. pizza. ever.
We then started walking up a path that would lead us to downtown Capri.
This path felt never ending.
It was a super hot day, and we were walking up a large incline, with the sun beating down on us.
I felt like I was walking directly on the sun.
But I knew that the views at the top would be worth becoming sweaty pigs for.
And I was right.
The pictures truly don’t do it justice, but it was absolutely breathtaking.
(I , however, was not so breathtaking. Talk about a hot mess! )
After taking a few minutes to cool off enough to look presentable, we made a beeline towards a gelato shop.
I got a mixture of tiramisu and Nutella gelato. The tiramisu was good, but the Nutella kicked its butt.
We spent about another hour just strolling around and doing a whole lot of nothing.
We eventually starting retracing our steps back down that dreaded path. Fortunately, going down wasn’t nearly as difficult as going up!
At the bottom of the hill, we decided a refreshing drink was in order.
Brandon got a margarita with fresh strawberries, while I chose one with fresh watermelon.
It was hands-down the best margarita I’ve ever had in my life!
Finally, before getting back on the boat taxi, we decided to check out the local beach.
When I first heard there was a public beach on the island, I was bummed that I hadn’t thought to bring our bathing suits.
But when I saw that the entire beach was filled with rocks instead of sand, I sort of lost the desire to lay out.
Well that was the last of my Europe pictures!
Several of you have mentioned that you might be interested in going on a similar cruise. So I wanted to share just a few things that I learned through the process!
1. Bring several pairs of comfortable shoes.
You will be walking a lot. And even the most comfortable pair of shoes can cause blisters after a full day of walking. So bring a couple of different pairs, so that your shoes don’t rub in the same place on multiple days!
2. Along those same lines, bring band-aids!
3. Bring a copy of your passport with you.
Then on the days when you’re off the boat, bring the copy with you in your purse, and leave your original passport in the safe in your room. You wouldn’t want to risk losing your passport, but you never know when you might need some proof of identification!
4. Bring a water bottle from home (preferably with a filter in it).
If you go on a cruise during the summer, it will be hot. Sometimes very hot. And finding free water in the different cities can be tricky. So we would often fill up our water bottles in the morning on the ship, and then there was usually at least one other occasion during the day when we could fill them up for free! I just couldn’t wrap my mind around spending $5 a day on water bottles!
5. Make sure you bring enough Euros (but not too many!).
We had originally assumed that we would use our credit card at most of the restaurants while we were traveling around. However, we often decided to split a meal, because we weren’t super hungry. And the restaurants wouldn’t accept credit cards unless our bill was over 10 Euros. So we ended up using more cash than we had expected. You also have to consider that you might have to pay for taxis, trains, or other means of transportation. We brought 150 Euros (the equivalent of about $200) with us, and we barely had enough. But on the flip side, you don’t want a bunch of leftover Euros at the end of the trip, because then you’ll have to pay a fee to get them transferred back over to dollars. So just try to think things through before you go, and bring an amount that makes sense to you!
6. Don’t be too quick to book all of your excursions through the ship.
This is probably my biggest piece of advice. The ship obviously wants to make money, so they want you to book excursions through them. And many of the cities you want to visit are not the cities where you port. For example, you’ll port in Ville Franche, but there’s not a lot there. So you have to find a way to get to Monaco or wherever else you might want to go. So you might assume that you have to book an excursion through the boat, because how else will you get to the city??
But what the people on the boat often fail to tell you is that there are plenty of other ways to get to the city, and most of the other options cost a lot less. For example, we took a train to Monaco. And we took a water bus to Toulon. Both of these options were incredibly reasonably priced.
Also with the excursions, you might not get as much “free time” to explore. You’ll be on their time frame. If you’re someone who wants to see absolutely everything in a city, then booking an excursion through the boat might be the way to go. Otherwise, just do your own thing. It’s much more relaxing that way.
Question for ya …
Do you have a piece of travel advice to share?
Which gelato would you have preferred: tiramisu, Nutella, or strawberry (that’s the flavor Brandon chose)?
Which margarita flavor would you have chosen: strawberry or watermelon? Or do you have an even better idea for a flavor??
What are you up to this weekend?