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Report 834: There's No Such Thing as Too Much...Pasta and Ceramics

By Palma from California, Fall 2005

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Page 17 of 23: Tuesday, September 20: Ravello

photo by Palma Hansen

Positano Sunset

It apparently rained during the night, but we woke up to sunshine and the spectacular view of Positano in the morning light. We had breakfast with Les, and when Jan was ready, we left for Ravello. Since this is our third visit to Ravello, Jan and Les visited Villa Rufulo while Brad and I had a latte in the Piazza. I bought a beautiful biscotti jar and some small ceramic gifts at Ceramiche dí Arte, and Jan got a great large serving piece.

We walked to Villa Cimbrione, taking lots of pictures and enjoying the views and the sunshine. Last time we were here, I bought a mosaic kit of a Positano scene from an art store on the way to the villa. I stopped there again and bought three more kits with scenes of Ravello, Capri, and the Rialto bridge. They will be good projects in January, when I have finished scrapbooking this trip, and I am really missing Italy. We had a panini lunch in the piazza to hold out for a big dinner tonight.

On the way back to Positano, we stopped at my favorite ceramics store in Italy: Casola. In 2003, we purchased eight place settings of dishes, serving pieces, four green and four yellow chargers. Franco knew we were coming, and that we planned to buy the big 98 inch patio table top. We looked at all the possible designs and chose a creamy light yellow background with lemons, grapes, pomegranates and cherries. I also added four more green chargers (so I can use green with my Christmas dishes) and 6 more yellow chargers (so I will have a total of 10 to use with the new Deruta dishes on the new table that seats 10!). We also bought a beautiful wedding gift.

After adding up the amount, Franco accidentally entered an eight instead of a three on the credit card machine. He showed me his mistake and credited my account (as far as HIS bank in Italy was concerned.) Then he immediately tried to put the correct amount through again, and because it was such a large amount (almost eight thousand euros) from the same merchant, my MasterCard would not go through. I spent 20 minutes on our cell phone with my bank to try straightening it out. He felt terrible for the error, and kept apologizing. Brad was getting frustrated and impatient, so it wasnít the most pleasant experience Iíve had there, but eventually, all was worked out on both ends.

We came back to the San Pietro to rest. We got ready for dinner and met for drinks on the terazza and pictures at sunset. We ate dinner in Positano at Palazzo Murat. I always love coming back to this romantic candlelit garden setting. I had cavatelli with cheese, sausage and broccoli for my first course. Then I ate a delicious fillet with porcini that came with zucchini and whipped potatoes. We drank two lovely bottles of Campagna white wine and walked a little to try to make room for some stracciatella gelato before returning home.

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