the amalfi coast

23 Sep

I should start by saying that John planned pretty much the entirety of this trip (yeah!), since the bulk of planning needed to be done while I was studying for step 1.  Have I ever mentioned that John lived in Rome for four years when he was a teenager?  I love being married to an insider!

One evening we were sitting across from each other at the dining room table, me poring over endless lists of medications and their mechanisms, John studying intently his Lonely Planet, and he looked up, “So, would you be like way disappointed if we don’t visit Rome at all?”  Nope, not even a little.  The big cities of Europe–I get it, they’re awe-inspiring, and one can spend a lifetime in just one of them and not experience all its wonders.  But I feel like trying to tackle the greatest hits in a few days is exhausting and kind of takes the fun out of the discovery.

We had such a good experience with airbnb on our honeymoon, that we used it almost exclusively for this trip.  Our first stop was Sorrento, where we stayed in a gorgeous room in Gabriella’s home.  The patio had a jaw-dropping view of Mount Vesuvius!


So much of the charm of the place was Gabriella herself.  As we started to unload our bags, she promptly whisked Ari into her arms and carried her to the patio where a small carb treat was waiting for her.  Ari’s face, peering over Gabriella’s shoulder at me, said, Uh, okay…I’m confused but I like it.  This woman smells like the bread.  In the evenings we had dinner all together with Gabriella and her son.  In the mornings we ate fresh figs from her gardens.


We conquered Sorrento, Positano, Nocelle, and Ravello:


We walked the path of the gods (until little miss got a bit overheated):


I am still dumbfounded by how much we were able to pack in a day–though a far cry from what John would have planned during our pre-Ari days–and I feel a little guilty for how much we pushed her.  But gelato makes up for a multitude of sins…


11 Responses to “the amalfi coast”

  1. phantomdiver September 23, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Okay, okay, you’re sick of my gushing over your baby, aren’t you? Oh, you aren’t? 😉 She’s just so darned cute! I keep showing her picture to my husband to make him smile and supplement his depression drugs. How do you feel about your daughter being used that way, doctor?

    • annaojesus September 23, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      oh my goodness! 1) not in the slightest! i’m really touched that folks think my daughter is sweet to look at–she’s even sweeter to be with 🙂 2) i’m sorry if your husband is going through a rough patch. though i am huge advocate of medication to treat depression (it’s kind of amazing what they can do for some people!), and i am thrilled that our babe may help brighten someone’s day a little as well. 3) definitely not a doctor yet…hopefully one day 🙂 4) thank you, as always, for your kind words.

  2. Tina S. September 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Anna – I just wanted to say how phenomenal you look in these photos. So thin and fit! I don’t know if you find time to workout anymore like you used to with between being a mom and a med student, but you look great!

    And yes, gelato should be considered one of the great wonders of the world 🙂

    • annaojesus September 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Tina, you could not have picked a more perfect day to share these kind, generous words with me, as I recently picked something up from Ari from daycare and am feeling lazy and yucky…and I might just plopped down on the bed next to John and demanded, “Tell me I’m not fat and disgusting!” Charming, no?

      I know some of it is just the angle of the camera lens, but I do feel better since joining crossfit–I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while now. The cost seemed prohibitive for a long time, but the gym near us offers free babysitting, so if I go three times a week, it more than covers my membership. John and I joined when Ari was three months old, and had previously found no time to work out, because it was largely determined by John’s crazy schedule.

      How do you do it?! You always look fantastic, and I’ve been blown away by how fit and slender you’ve looked so soon after the birth of your babes!

      Thank you so much, Tina–you really made my day!

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