7.20.2017

Best Memories of Capri

Capri
I was recently contacted by Expedia to share my experiences of Capri. Last Spring, I semi-spontaneously booked a trip to Italy; mainly to visit Capri and meet up with Anouk (who coincidentally I will be meeting up with again in a few days on our next trip!). Before that I never had a strong desire to visit Capri. It was a pretty random destination for me and I had a long list of places I had wanted to visit more. But now I can definitely say I'm extremely glad I went because it was one of the most memorable and best trips I've ever had!! I notice a pattern now..usually it's the places that I had never really wanted to go at first that turn out to be my favourites afterwards (Russia and Prague especially). Now it has been over a year since I visited Capri and I definitely want to go back again soon. Here are my favourite memories from that trip:

Capri
Via Tragara Capri
After a 45min ferry ride over from Naples in which I felt extremely nauseated..I arrived at the sunny and serene island of Capri. I instantly felt better. My hotel was the beautiful Punta Tragara Hotel, located at the tip of the island overlooking the famous Faraglioni Rocks formation. At the ferry dock, I was greeted by one of the hotel's porters who took my luggage away to bring up to the hotel..while I would be free to walk around the town and get to the hotel at my own leisure. There are no cars on this part of the island. Just windy and narrow streets lined with luxury boutiques, restaurants and stunning views over the sea. As I kept walking, the street got quieter and I was sure I had made a wrong turn and walked the wrong way. Then up ahead there were two Italian men, painting the wall of a villa. One on top of the ladder painting, while the other held the ladder for him as they chatted in Italian. I felt as though I walked into a movie scene. I asked them for directions and they didn't know English at all..so after a few moments of trying to understand each other, they pointed straight ahead and said "5 minuti!" So I continued on my way...

Punta Tragara Capri
I've done a review of Punta Tragara already before so I won't go in detail again...all I can say is it was the best hotel I've ever stayed at in my life so far! It was like a dream. My suite was perfect. I wish I actually lived there. It was two floors. My favourite feature was the two-storey window/doors opening onto the balcony. The hotel was small and intimate. During my entire time there I only saw maybe one or two other guests..so I felt like I was actually in my own home.

Punta Tragara Hotel Capri
The perfect "office"

Punta Tragara Capri view
Punta Tragara Capri
I LOVED the pool and outdoor lounge area. I could've spent all day there. The servers were so friendly and attentive. I am quite the workaholic and never really stop working (including when I go on "vacations") or relax...but here I was the closest to feeling relaxed in years.

Capri sunset
Perfect spot to watch the sunset

Capri boat
Capri Fariglioni
The next day, Anouk and I took a boat to sail around the island, visit the grottos and sail all the way to Positano and back. It was such an amazing experience. I got extremely seasick but it was still very enjoyable. The boat was private with just us two and a very good looking sailor ;)

Terrazza Brunella
Caprese salad
Even though I was in Capri with a friend/Anouk, we still spent some time separately and to do our own things. I love travelling by myself actually but the one thing that I will never get used to (or veryyyyy slowly getting used to) is eating alone lol. In some restaurants it's ok but in some (such as this very romantic and formal restaurant) it can be a little awkward. Actually the most awkward moment is when you have to ask for a "table for one". I always cringe a little inside when I have to say that. But then I'm usually ok after I sit down and pretend I'm super busy on the phone. The waiters here were so nice and I think they felt a little sorry for me because they kept coming to ask if everything was ok and to chat lol. By the way, I fell in love with Caprese Salads on this trip. All the ones I had in Capri were amazing (obviously) then when I came back to Toronto I went in search of the best Caprese Salad in the city (Scaddabush) and even made my own a few times (which were not really good).

Villa San Michele Anacapri
View of Capri
On our final day in Capri, we went over to Anacapri which is another side of the island. Anacapri is quieter and more residential...but the views there are definitely worth going for. We visited Villa San Michele which is the former home of Dr. Axel Munthe. He was from Sweden but went to Capri to build his dream home when he discovered the view from this tip of the island. I can definitely relate. Well if I could have a home in Capri that would be a dream come true as well for me.

Gelato Capri
& finally...one of the best memories of Capri was here, enjoying our last gelato on our last night with a very charming waiter named Fabrizio. Hahah. It was probably the funniest moments of the trip.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Expedia. All views expressed are my own.


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