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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 20 of 23: Friday, September 23: Positano/Capri

photo by Palma Hansen

Marina Grande, Capri

We had an early breakfast in our room and our luggage was picked up at 8. At 8:30 we assembled at the San Pietro “beach” area where our luggage was loaded onto their water taxi and we boarded for a ride to the ferry dock in Positano. We were on the 9:20 ferry to Capri and arrived at Marina Piccola at 10:20. We were greeted by the Quisisana staff and our luggage was counted and whisked away only to “magically” appear later in our room. Though these last two hotels are outrageously priced, there is something to be said for this kind of service. One could get used to this! It was a sunny, warm day in Capri with no clouds in sight. We arrived at the busy Piazza and walked up the street to the Quisisana. This is my fourth visit to Capri and the third time I have been lucky enough to stay here. On my second visit in 2001, we arrived shortly after 9/11. Many Americans had cancelled travel plans. They were so kind to us, asking if we had friends or family in New York, and because they were way below capacity for September, they upgraded us to a Junior Suite. I think I’ll always remember that bathroom and terrace! In 2003 we returned with budget conscious friends and we stayed at La Paziella. I spent three days wishing I were back at the Quisisana as I stared at my “seaview” of rooftops and airconditioners with a far away glimpse of blue. We had a choice of walking around the bed, or having our luggage in the room with us. I was happy to be back at the Quisisana.

Brad spent a few minutes talking to one of the staff who had worked at the Quisisana for nine years. He asked if the new Marriott was any competition. Loyal Massimo answered, “The Quisisana IS Capri and Capri is the Quisisana!” I know some feel it is a waste of money, but as Les says, “Why would I want to go to another country and pay to stay somewhere that isn’t as comfortable as my own home?”

We checked in, met Jan and Les and went to Aurora for mozzarella in carozza for lunch. We spent the afternoon shopping …duh! I bought a fun purse, several glass bracelets and two strands of beads. Brad and I stopped for gelato. We returned to relax and dress for dinner. We met at the Quisi Bar (the BEST place to watch people in the evening!) for a drink and walked to dinner at Capri’s. I had ravioli with pesto and mixed grilled meat. After dinner, we walked down Via Camarelle, window shopping at the expensive name boutiques and stopping again for a gelato. Jan and Les went to their room and Brad and I enjoyed his grappa and my coffee at the Quisi Bar.

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