Amalfi Coast: On the Road to Atrani

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On the Road to Atrani

Last week I left you somewhere in Positano… no room at the Inn unless you were willing to part with some cold hard cash. I for one would of gladly done so, not only for the view, but mostly for the need to get a good nights sleep, in a quiet room with clean sheets and a warm shower. A fabulous view of the sea would of been the icing on the cake. By this time I had already been travelling more than a month and was keen to stop for one of my ‘better stays’. My travel partner was only on her first week and keen to not part with her dollars, so as no low end accommodation was available, we set off in search of Atrani.


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Atrani is only a couple of villages south of Positano, but lugging the backpack was starting to really get on my nerves so when we were finally greeted by this sight above, it was the elixir I needed to keep going [and snap a few pics!].

Still dreaming of a room with a view, my hopes were dashed as the only cheap accommodation left was in a hostel built into the rock face and partially underground. No windows, no ventilation and an inept humidifier adding to the noise that kept sleep at bay. I was dangerously running on empty at this point [sounds terribly familiar right now] so the only solution was to continue on my travels, away from the beautiful, yet pricey Amalfi Coast before the dream was shattered completely. Alas on my third day I took off for quieter pastures .. solo. By the time I made it to the bus stop I had already met my new travel partner for the next week or so. Another Aussie traveller [one of the benefits of lugging a backpack is the people you meet along the way].


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Church of St Mary Magdalene

Sadly I did not see inside the ancient churches that are Atrani’s pride. My two days there were mostly spent looking around Positano and Amalfi, yet it is Atrani that stays on my mind and will one day lure me back to that region.

I have a few more photos to share of the walk into Atrani and also some of the cobbled laneways found there, but the Church pictured here [The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene] is my favourite and best viewed alone .. in Sepia.


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So there you have it..

The Road To Atrani and The Room Without A View. Once again I feel a little guilty I have not made it around to everyone’s blogs this week. I do appreciate each and every comment and miss visiting your blogs and finding out how your week has been. As I get closer to the end of the project, the work hours are reducing but I’m also little out of energy .. so only one more week to go!! Yoo Hoo!!!


Ciao Julie


IMAGE SOURCE: #ALL Images above - Original Photos & Altered Images – me [Being Ruby]

I decided to go with the curved edges this time. Reminds me of watching my tv which has now lost it's blue as well as it's green.. getting more and more sepia everyday.. every show's a classic!!


Berta F said...

Hello Ruby...I was in the Amalfi Coast, the last June...and I love alll the villages of the amalfi Coast...and Capri you ....I love Italy.... Un abrazo Berta

Sue said...

Julie-your travels are way outside of my comfort zone. I can't imagine backpacking, hostels or traveling alone. I'm really just a big chicken wearing a middle-aged woman suit:) As much as I love to travel (my family says I'm happier in hotels than in houses) I want someone with me and I want to speak the same language as those around me!! Loved the pictures.


Greet Lefèvre said...

Atrani seems so beautiful!I have never been in that region! I hope one day we can go on holidays to that beautiful place on earth!


Dumbwit Tellher said...

Oh my goodness Julie - the photo of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene is surreal. Every time I see your photos I feel this deep pit in my stomach to experience more of life and see the world. I long for those kind of experiences. I am so pleased to know work is winding down for you & you have only a week left of this craziness. You deserve a break & some time to charge your batteries my friend. I'm always thinking of you. xx

Pooch Purple Reign said...

hey ruby...

twice now to italy for me and each time i come home i discover unfinished business there. *sigh*
.... guess i will have to return hehe

im thinking this church of st mary magdalene may just be one good reason !!
that is AWESOME!

have a great week!

erin's art and gardens said...

hi julie!
thanks for once again taking me with you on your adventure! your photos are incredible and love the sepia and curved edges! you mentioned Cinque Terre in your last post... my girlfriend and her grown daughter visited there this past summer. one afternoon they climbed a long, winding, steep path up and over a hill to a restaurant they had read about (only accessible by foot). they had a lovely meal and bottle of wine as the sun went down. they could not understand though why NO ONE else was at the restaurant (all but one of the staff had even gone home)...until it was time to meander back and they realized the path was PITCH BLACK! they had to "feel" there way back giggling the whole way.......and now they have a great story to tell. traveling can be a challenge!
take care, my dear,

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Julie!
It came! My wonderful charm arrived yesterday and your beautiful photograph....all in my favorite blues...Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I will think of you always when I wear it and view my a very cool little frame now...These photographs today are amazing! You are really very talented in this artform! I wish you calm and peace and time to rest and restore this holiday...
Take care my friend, Laura

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous shots, and I enjoyed reading about your adventure. Also love the sepia tones & font you chose - lovely.

Giulia said...

Hi Jules. Hard to read the type on glaring screen here but wanted to stop in & say hi. Also, to say, "I'll meet you there." Meaning that if you ever want to try & meet up in Italy, I'm gearing up to getting back there in the next 18-24 months. That gives me some time to gather energy, $, etc. If you think I'm kidding, I am not.

See you soon...most excellent pix.


Tamerie Shriver Halliday said...

Although I lived and traveled for 3 years in Europe, I never backpacked anywhere. Now, I think I'm way past wanting to travel that way. Your stories and pictures definitely make me want to start packing my suitcase and book a ticket. Especially since it is cold and wintery (for Southern CA) and I am freezing, IN MY HOUSE. Because of this I think I should head to Australia or South Africa, as it is summer there. Of course, all of this is a big fat fantasy since I have work to do and clients expecting that work be done. Thanks for the small respite, though. I'll just have to dream as I sew.

Good luck getting your project finished!


Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful pictures, but it saddens me that you didn't have better accommodations. Staying inside a rock doesn't make for a good nights sleep!

Love the picture of the church. It is stunning in sepia. You are a fabulous photographer and I thank you for sharing these lovely pictures.

I am so happy to hear your project is ending so that you can enjoy the holidays properly. And don't feel bad about the lack of snow...we are having a blizzard.


Luiza said...

Travelling, with somebody else, can really push relationships to the limit.
I´m lucky to have my husband, since we share almost the same interests, so it´s never a problem. I´ve always wondered, though, how it would be/feel , going on my own, all alone...
I´m sure I would meet new people to share my lifestory with. Or maby, I wouldn´t. I guess I´ll never know, if I never get to go alone. However, I love visiting places with the "love of my life", and hopefully, there will be many places for us to visit in the future, together...

I love the image of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, it´s fabulous, with that view. Hope you will get to go there once more, some day, and enter it.

How wonderful to hear, your project is about to end, so that you can get some rest.

Have a lovely week.


Unknown said...

The photo of the church is, well, divine. You have an impressively good eye for photography, Julie. In sepia the church has a rather haunted appearance to me, but I see that as artful rather than frightening. Your dialogue is very entertaining and your thoughts and impressions fascinate. It's as if we're traveling right along with you.


Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Julie,
As you know, we went to Atrani this year and we all thought it was the best place that we had been. It is unspoilt (although, I don't think that it will stay that way for too long as there was a lot of work going on there) quiet, and beautiful. We went into the churches, after a long hike upwards !! through covered walkways, passed sweet little houses and, finally reaching the top.
We went to a really modest bar on the tiny beach where we chatted to the very interesting man who owned the bar.
If anyone is going to the Amalfi coast, you have to go to Atrani....... oh, and your photographs are wonderful, Julie. They really capture the atmosphere of this gorgeous place. XXXX

Jane said...

Hi Julie as I said last time I can really relate to that backpacker really need a shower, sick of travelling with the person who won't spend an extra 10$ on somewhere with no cockroaches stuff. I was lucky enough to backpack with someone who understood that everynow and then you have to splurge. Never went to Amalfi, maybe I could go soon when children are less running around-ish!! xoxo

Ange said...

I can just imagine you lugging your back pack around and meeting all those interesting (albeit broke) people along the way. Pff - the old end of season is catching up with me too. Trying to figure out a way to grow a few new extra pairs of arms and work another 72 hours into the days! Hope you make it back to Atrani and rent yourself a room with style. Ruby would, I'm sure ;-) PS Hopefully your package will arrive soon... Bisous, Ange being unreservedly and wholeheartedly but somewhat over enthusiastically Ange ;-)
PS - your photos are breathtaking as usual. Bugger you've lost the BLEU though in your tele!!!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi very beautiful and ancient Atrani looks, especially in the sepia tones. I'm like you...I would've opteded to shell out and stay and have a good night's sleep, and wow! to wake up to a wonderful view...Just Perfect...maybe you'll get to do it next time. Glad to hear that things are winding down for you...Have a great Thursday, Dzintra♥x

count it all joy said...

Oh Miss JulieRuby, these photos are just amazing, as always. They've certainly made a beautiful impression on my morning. I'm sorry to hear you've got that "running on empty" feeling...that's a bummer. I'd love to make you a big home-cooked meal with all your favourite things...but in lieu of that, I'd recommend putting on your most comfy PJ's to dance in and then crank up Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runner' always works a treat in our house to chase the blah's away. Meredy xo.

simon said...

oh!!! this evokes memories of nearly 40 hours without sleep...a flight from sydney to hong kong- 12 hour wait for connecting flight...then on to London.... then 4 hour wait for connecting flight to Aberdeen.....then the couple of hours.. by the time i got to the B&B I was so "wired" I did not know where I was....then onto Shetland Via a ferry wich took two days...

loved every minute of the trip with my trusty back pack :o)

Oliveaux said...

Always love your photo's but especially these...I dream of spending summer on the Amalfi coast. Ax

Marina Saclley @ Iced VoVo's said...

Oh Julie .... these images are amazing!
We drove through Atrani (a lot of construction going on with the dome of the church and new buildings being built) last summer ... but unfortunately we didnt stop to discover this amazing village.
You definitely need to go back now and stay in a room with a view ....

Glad to hear work is winding down!
Have a great day!

Unknown said...

I'm going there next year so i'm loving your posts and cant wait to read more, look after yourself xx

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

It just looks so magical..., and how we traveled when we were young(er)! I too had plenty of rooms without a view during my adventures.

Southern Aspirations said...

Ah! And what a view it is. So magical and amazing. Can just see the blue somehow, but I love the colors (or you know, the lack of color).

Les Cotrions said...

Stunning photos of Atrani! I've never been there but that church looks faboulous!!!
Thanks for the trip!!!
Happy week end!

Sarah Klassen said...

Julie, what a beautiful place! Wow. Atrani is just stunning...

Wishing you the loveliest of weekends :)


Anonymous said...

Wow, this is really fantastic. What a beautiful location. And I have to say that you have an excellent blog here. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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Your new fan yvonne said...

Hi Julie, thanks for sharing these beautiful images. I know about feeling drained, I am a little too. Have a great weekend. Simone xx

Lee said...

Julie, I'm ashamed to say that I spent over a week on the Amalfi Coast and I didn't even hear about/see Atrani! Reading your travelogue has left me in no doubt that you are a seasoned & hardy traveller. My prediction is that you will make it back to the Amalfi Coast one day and that you will be staying in at least a 4-star abode. Goodness knows, you deserve it!! Lee :)