Anniversary Adventure Part 1 – Amalfi Coast

Devin and I got married right in the beginning of my dietetic internship.  So, we decided to go on more of a mini-moon at the time, and save our wedding money for a big trip for our anniversary. The wait was definitely worth it. Neither of us had ever been out of the country, so we decided it was time to see the world. Our two-week trip included Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and Rome in Italy, as well as an unforgettable week in Santorini, Greece.

Here’s a summary of the first leg of our trip: Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

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The Amalfi Coast Highway

Day 2 – Naples and Sorrento

You may have noticed that I skipped a day. That’s because day 1 was spent entirely on an airplane! Nothing interesting there, unless you want to hear about how much sleep I didn’t get and what movies I watched. I say we just move on to the good stuff.

As soon as we landed in Naples, our driver (fancy, right?) took us to the most beautiful winery in the foothills of Mt. Vesuvius for lunch and wine tasting. We were jet-lagged and had that “I don’t know what to do with my hands” feeling at first, but it was the perfect welcome to Italy. We had fresh bruschetta, bread, salami and Parmesan cheese as appetizers, followed by a huge plate of spaghetti. We both thought the plate of appetizers was the meal, so we were already full, but there’s no turning down food in Italy. Oh, and then there was cake. It was all so, so wonderful.

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Appetizers at the winery. I can still taste that bruschetta.

After eating, drinking, and taking a short tour we made our way down the coast to our hotel in Sorrento. It was a beautiful drive, although I had to enjoy it on my own because poor Devin passed out almost as soon as we left. Hello, jet lag! We took another much-needed nap once we got settled into Hotel Conca Park. The rest of the night included mostly wandering and gelato, because…priorities 🙂

Day 3 – Positano, The Path of Gods, and Amalfi

Devin and I agreed that this day was probably our favorite day. Don’t get me wrong, every day was amazing in its own way, but for a reason that I can’t really explain, this day was perfect.  Maybe it was because the bus ride from Sorrento to Positano on the Amalfi Coast Highway was breath taking and terrifying at the same time. Or, maybe it was because Positano is a town built straight from a dream.

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Positano

 

 

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Yes, this place really exists.

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Surely it wasn’t because we hiked up 1700 stairs (no, I’m not exaggerating) to the most charming little town of Nocelle, and the beginning of the Path of Gods trail.

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Shaky legs aside, I would recommend taking the stairs to anyone able. There are plenty of places to take a break and take in the view (the first picture of Positano was taken on one of our many breaks). Once you get to Nocelle, 1. Channel your inner Rocky and 2. Take on the Path of Gods. We only planned on walking a small part of the trail because uh duh, we just walked up 1700 stairs. Our plans changed because once we started we couldn’t stop.

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I think I’m starting to remember why this was our favorite day 😉

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There are a few different ways to go about this hike. We hiked from Nocelle to Bomerano, and then took the bus down to Amalfi. Obviously, it was well worth a few hours of hiking (it was around 4 miles from Nocelle to Bomerano). We grabbed pizza in Amalfi, looked quickly at the famous Duomo, and rushed back to the bus to go back to Positano so I could shop for the region’s famous handmade sandals before catching the last bus of the night to Sorrento. I will admit that was a handful of stress just for some sandals, but it all worked out and we did not get stranded. Plus, we were making memories, people!

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Duomo in Amalfi

I feel like I should admit that I almost (ALMOST) shed some tears on this perfect day, but I had good reason. First let me tell you that Positano is buit into a cliff. You climb stairs to get everywhere. I’m telling you, the people who live here have calves of steel. So, after climbing 1700 stairs, hiking 4 miles, waiting an hour for a bus we weren’t sure was coming, and rushing around Positano for shoes, I reached my breaking point when I remembered that the bus stop was at the top of Positano. More. Stairs. Did I mention that we had to run to avoid missing that bus? See. Good reason. But remember, I said I ALMOST cried. Because this day was perfect.

 

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.”

“Firsts” are always awkward (for me at least), and my first blog post is following suit. I want to tell you all about myself, and more importantly, the reason behind this blog! But where the heck do I even start?! I’m thinking I will save my life story for the “about me” section. Instead, I want to talk about the title of this post.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

I totally wish I could take credit for this quote. Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma actually wrote this. The world of nutrition has grown out of control with claims and products, and I love this quote because it reminds me that nutrition isn’t as complicated as many try to make it out to be. Let’s break it down.

Eat food. REAL food! Know where your food is coming from and what is in it.

Not too much. Be mindful of your portions and learn to distinguish true hunger from emotional hunger. Or boredom.

Mostly plants. A plant-based diet means lots of vitamins and minerals. Keep in mind that this says MOSTLY plants. You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to be healthy. Its as simple as checking your plate at every meal. “Does my plate have more fruits and veggies than meat/bread/cheese, etc.?”

Simple, right? And that brings me back to what I was originally trying to talk about. Hopefully I haven’t lost you!

This blog is meant to simplify the crazy world that the simple act of eating has become. While I love nutrition (my husband claims I really just love food), I am nowhere near perfect. I love eating my veggies and I love to workout. I track my calories and I plan what I am going to order at restaurants before we actually go like a crazy person. But, I’m not someone who is going to recommend a day full of supplements, or a diet that cuts entire food groups. I’m known for bringing No Bake Cookies or some other dessert to all pitch-ins, and sometimes I still make mac n cheese with Velveeta (mostly because my husband begs). Basically, my world of nutrition is just a world of balance (hence the name of the blog!).

I’m starting this blog because several friends and family have asked for my recipes, and because I love to talk about food and nutrition. I love to give advice and to teach people what I know. So, what better way to do that than a blog?