Friday, May 13, 2011

You Wanna See Capri? It's Gonna Cost You!


Off the coast of Italy lies a little island that is not only the birthplace of my beloved Caprese salad and the shortie pants I like to wear in summer, but home to the Mediterranean's Rodeo Drive.

The tiny streets of Capri might as well be lined only with candy shops and bakeries. Each window you look in boasts a rainbow of shapes and colors, trying to lure you in. "Indulge here," they whisper. Fendi. Roberto Cavalli. Hermes. Bvlgari. Prada.

Gabbana never seemed so dolce.


A girl could blow ten handbags full of cash here. And it's not just the stores that getcha.

When we bought tickets to take a boat to the famed Blue Grotto, we paid in the marina. Then we paid again for an additional ticket to actually enter the grotto. And of course there was a fee for renting the canoe driver who would paddle 10 feet to get us into the cave. Altogether, it cost us each 25 euros. A beautifully orchestrated racket.


They even charged us a euro to walk into Giardini Augusto for a view of the flowers and the cliffside. We later discovered we could've walked right in, had we taken a different route.

The bottom line is: Capri ain't cheap.


However, the price you pay for the attractions, the irresistible gelato, and the fashion (which I didn't have room for in my suitcase) are returned to you in vistas everywhere you look.

Capri, you and your delicious salad have won me over. Keep the change.




8 comments:

Mel Heth said...

In case any of you regular readers were wondering - a couple comments disappeared off my last post somehow. I'm blaming the ipad...

Emily said...

HOW MUCH CAPRESE DID YOU EAT? That's all I need to know.

Mel Heth said...

Em - we ate caprese at least 4 times in the 3 days we've been here. Last night we had an entire scorpion fish and said hello to him on a tray before he got grilled. We have lots of food to discuss when I get home.

Wow, that was awkward said...

Italy is on my short list of places I must go to.

mom said...

Looks beautiful and fun. Anxious to see all your pictures. Would those be Mr. W's legs in bermudas?
I know those are your feet.

Janice MacLeod said...

Blogger is to blame for the missing comments. There was a hiccup this week with site management. When I went to Capri I was nearly pummeled by the giant groups herded off the cruise ships. I hope you didn't suffer the same fate. And the lemon gelato? Heaven.

Mel Heth said...

Jan - thanks for telling us about the lemon gelato! We loved it! So refreshing and yummy.

Sizzle said...

"Keep the change"- ha ha.