This week was filled with friends, family, sun and fun; as a result, I wanted to keep the energy high for this post too. Probably the coolest moment this year was in Dubai at their record breaking fireworks display. In a previous post there is a detailed account of the entire trip, but I thought it would be fun to see the video I shot of the fireworks! This was taken at the Hilton hotel’s beach which faces the Palm and had a prime view of the whole display. This was an incredible way to ring in the new year and I’m so grateful to have gotten to witness it in person. I hope you like the video! Please follow the link below to view my Facebook video of the fireworks!
I’ve decided to post another video this week (well, 2 actually) in honour of next week being the one year anniversary of me leaving on my travel journey. I know I’ve posted about Versailles before so please look at my previous post for more details. This time however, I’ve chosen to discuss the gardens, which are vast and stunning. The pale dirt paths are in stark contrast to the greenery and the fountains and statues are incredible. Definitely pay the extra cost to visit the entirety of the palace. There are maps available to navigate the grounds, which are divided into sections. Walking around it’s difficult to imagine people actually living there once upon a time and I think that lends to its appeal. The videos I chose are of the musical fountains, which until this visit; I had no idea even existed in this world. I was so in awe that I watched the whole show 2 full times. I got some fresh orange juice from a nearby cart and sat on one of the stone benches and just watched. It was a welcomed rest from the extensive walking but also really neat to see live. It was the first moment on my trip where I just took it all in and felt content and grateful to be where I was. I had many moments after this but sitting on that bench is a vivid memory for me that I cherish deeply.
I took a boat tour to Capri on my fourth day in Postiano. The tides had been high and the waters were rough for days leading up to my tour but I got very lucky and we were able to go into the grotto! My tour boat was filled with a group of Americans from New Jersey about my age, and they were so unbelievably nice. Even offering me to continue on to Rome with them so I wouldn’t have to be alone; I didn’t take them up on it as I was going to Cinque-Terre next but it was a nice offer. They were a sister and her two brothers along with their significant others and they definitely got the party started early and we all had a great time listening to music and talking. I should note they looked nothing like the cast of Jersey Shore and they hate that show for ruining their city’s image. We stopped to swim in the open water before getting to the grotto. Swimming in the sea was the first thing I did to conquer my fears and it was terrifying but I was so proud after. The line up was long and it took us about an hour to get in plus approx. 15 Euros but it was so worth it! They say you can’t swim in the grotto but for 5-10 Euros extra (depending on your boat) they will let you. You are transferred to smaller boats in groups of 3-4 people and you have to lay flat to enter. Once inside we jumped into the water and swam a bit in the glowing blue water before getting back in and leaving. It’s a short time but breathtaking and amazing. It was probably one of my top 5 experiences on this trip and well worth it to anyone who has the opportunity. I should also tell you that it was the first time in my life I got sea sick and while it passed quickly thanks to some medicine, I was grateful to learn that early on before some other much longer boat rides later in the trip. I am telling you this because I grew up on boats with my dad and both him and I got sick on the waves of the seas, it’s a different beast so be warned. Afterwards we docked on Capri and had some lunch before they took a taxi to the top of the island for a birds-eye view. I opted for looking around the local shops and sending a post card home to my family. Lemoncello is a delicacy here and another must to try. Because of our long wait at the grotto we didn’t have much time in Capri and we were headed back to Positano before we knew it. It was short but sweet and I loved Positano so much I was happy to get back in time for dinner on my last night. If you can’t stay in Capri because of cost or time restraints, then a boat tour is a fun way to see the island and grotto without spending a fortune. If you’re lucky you might even meet some great people too, like I did.
June 27, 2013
I’m trying something different this week, click above to see my video of entering the Blue Grotto!