10.24.2012 - 10.28.2012
From the mountainside of Poreto, I headed to the Amalfi Coast.
Rented a "studio on the main road and only 50 meteres from the bus stop."
After climbing up hundreds of steps to every apartment and hotel for the last 30 days, this sounded very convenient and the pictures were very charming.
There is only one road along the Amalfi Coast. Every bus, truck, scooter, motorcycle, and car that travels on, through, or about the Amalfi Coast had to go by my door.
Would not have been too bad but -
I might have been 60 meteres from the bus stop, but my dor and window were only 2 (count them TWO) meteres from the highway. From 5:30 AM until 1 AM, the roar never stopped.
Additionally, all of the villages along the Amalfi Coast are built on stairsteps from the shore to the mountaintop. I was about 60 stairsteps from the parking lot on the shore and 30 stairsteps from the small plaza of Atrani. My window was directly over this stairwell with a restaurant with live music staying open until the wee hours.
I am sure it is the perfect place for some kind of traveler, but NOT one who likes to sit on the patio and quietly enjoy the view.
That is my door above the left arch just before the 90 degree turn to the left
Looking up the stairwell below my window.
I arrived one evening - knew by the next AM that I could not commit to the full 5 days. Found a beautiful hotel further up the mountain in Atrani and moved there.
I have booked places through VRBO, Bookings, and airbnb.
Some of these places do not charge you until you actually arrive. I was thinking this was one of those places, so left some money on the table for 2 nights and was packing up to go out the door.
At the last moment, I thought I had better check to see what my rate and cleaning fees were to make sure I had left enough.
Well.....airbnb bills your credit card as soon as you accept the booking.
Glad I checked. Paying for two lodgings is bad enough without double paying for one of them.