Updated: Mar 23, 2020
Amalfi Coast, Italy | Munich, Germany
Positano, Amalfi Coast
I recently traveled to the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. The weekend was truly magical, made up of beautiful views, warm weather, and delicious seafood. My friends and I stayed in a quaint hotel, Palazzo San Giovanni, on the mountainside in a small village called Pontone, over-looking the coast. Our balcony faced the village with an incredible view of the ocean. Although this view was breathtaking, the hike to get to our hotel was an unexpectedly steep 0.7 miles of cobblestone stairs. On the bright side, we had amazing calves leaving Amalfi on Sunday!
A few highlights from our time in Amalfi were the free limoncello tastings wrapping up all of our meals, the one of a kind leather sandals sold in the small shops throughout the villages, and of course, the rain-shower inside our hotel room. The shower was so amazing it was worth mentioning.
Views From Amalfi
On Saturday we took a ferry to Positano, which was everything I imagined it to be and more. The picturesque town is filled with cute shops, rocky beaches, and lots of dining. As soon as we arrived in Positano, we went straight to the beach. The atmosphere on the beach was young and fun. For lunch I ordered seafood spaghetti and a piña colada, which definitely did not disappoint. We ended our day with a sunset boat cruise around Positano. We lucked out because no one else signed up for the tour, so it was as if we had a private boat with Prosecco and bruscetta. Overall it was an amazing day in Positano.
I hope to see you again soon, Amalfi!
Going into the weekend, I had my mind set on one thing: Oktoberfest. I think what made this weekend so unpredictably great was not just Oktoberfest, but mostly the time we spent exploring the city. The food, the people, and the architecture all blew me away. Everyone was so friendly and kind. As soon as we stepped off the plane, a lady handed us free all-day metro passes, then locals helped us find our way through the German public transportation systems, and at the end of the day we stumbled upon a cozy, local restaurant with amazing hospitality. The city itself was beautiful. Everyone rides their bikes, the air felt so crisp and clean, and the architecture on the buildings really showed the history of the city.
The day of Oktoberfest was one to remember. We woke up at 6am to go to the tents. We did not take into account the weather, so we waited in line for a few hours huddled like penguins until the gates opened. Watching thousands of people sprint into the tents to find tables was a sight I am never going to forget. After the chaos settled, we found a table and the party started. Beer, pretzels, sausages, dancing, and carnival rides were all a part of the fun. I think going into it with such excitement and no expectations are what made this weekend so unfortgettable.