Thoughts, Travel

The Italian riviera on my mind


I have a long to do list today, but I spent all morning looking for places to visit in Amalfi when we’re going there in August. My oldest friend Ted is getting married to his Cibella. Well, they’re technically already married with the cutest one year old on the planet, but this August is when we’re finally gathering to celebrate them etc.

As usual Saif and I booked our flights and hotel very last minute – one month before departure is our average. Really need to work on that…I’m pretty sure we could go on twice as many holidays per year if we just got better at planning our traveling well in advance. This trip is also a bit of a stretch – but well worth it, I assume.

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We’ll flying from Mumbai to London for two days for a couple of meetings with potential new clients, then from London to Milan. I’m definitely picking up some on-the-go sandwiches from one of our favourite places – Bar Luce, Pave or Pasticceria Marchesi are the best in Milan!

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From Milan we are taking the train straight to Naples, which is about 4.5 hours. We could fly too, but both Saif and I prefer train over flying any day. We can get some work done on the way, and its usually more comfortable. From Naples we’ll be taking a car or train to Amalfi.

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We’ve booked a one bedroom Airbnb on the cliff of Amalfi, right next to the hotel where the wedding will be. Everything nice in Amalfi in August (with one month notice…) was around 800 Euros a night (!), and we’re paying around 180 Euros per night for this apartment. It looks super cute in the photos – fingers crossed that it is in reality too. We’ve gotten pretty good with our Airbnb game though. Saif has become an expert, and he’s obsessed with his Airbnb ranking and making sure its as good as a five star comes! Every time we leave an Airbnb he takes out the trash, cleans up the place and makes the bed, haha.

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We have 5 nights in Amalfi before we return for one night in Milan on the way back to Mumbai. I’ve never been to Amalfi, and I’m so excited to go! I want to go Amarone wine tasting, have incredible local pasta, and homemade Italian everything. I want to swim in the clearest of blue waters, have a glass of chilled wine and watch the sunset, party with our friends until early morning, and wear breezy dresses to escape the Italian summer heat. Have I lost it? I think I have. It’ll be my first official summer holiday in like…ten years, aside from Sweden. Otherwise, we always travel in the spring, fall and winter.

Lovebugs, please send me all your Amalfi recommendations! X

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