In My Viewfinder: Amalfi, Italy

It is hard to imagine a more beautiful setting than Amalfi while at anchor. From the perspective of the sea, you can take in the whole town and its gorgeous backdrop. Amalfi is nestled in a ravine at the foot of Monte Cerreto, which rises to more than 4,000 feet. Amalfi was the capital of the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading center between 839 and around 1200. In the 1920s and 1930s, Amalfi thrived as a popular holiday destination for the British upper class and aristocracy. With some imagination, you can envision lovely ladies in white dresses clutching parasols over their shoulders along with dapper gents strolling alongside.

Amalfi on Seabourn
Amalfi was absolutely stunning from the perspective of Seabourn Sojourn. It was equally as beautiful once we arrived ashore by tender. My son and I walked up the hill above the buildings to the right in the photo. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

We spent out time seeing the town and hiking the hills in this legendary tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning to Seabourn Sojourn and sailing away, leaving a beautiful destination in our wake.

Seabourn Sojourn anchored in Amalfi. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Seabourn Sojourn anchored in Amalfi. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

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  • Hi Ralph, I had a little time and being such a fan of Seabourn had to have a look at the photos and surprise, surprise here we are in Sete!! Now I have to wonder how you spent your time in Sete after our wonderful time there in June 2015. Did you get out the apron and spend a little more time perfecting your cooking skills? It is almost 12 months since Connie and I enjoyed 40-days on Seabourn Sojourn sailing from Monte Carlo to Cape Town and this is a reminder we are overdue for another wonderful Seabourn experience! Best wishes from Melbourne, Australia

    • Hi George, I am responding in the public forum here on the comments section of Avid Cruiser. I just left Sete for the third time this year. In fact, I am writing this on the TGV from Sete to Basel (about six hours) where I am joining a river cruise. Sete impressed me so much on this last visit that I am considering moving there for a few months to see how it sits with me. We returned to Aigues-Mortes where we saw lots of flamingoes. We kayaked in the Sete canals, which was fabulous. We had a great market tour and visited Carcassonne, the UNESCO World Heritage fortified city. I do plan to host another barge cruise this year by the way, in the Loire region in October. Hope you and Connie are well. _____________________________


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