12.8.13

Capri


We made it twice to Capri. A first trip with a ferry from – and back to Sorrento and a second one on a private boat around the island.
The village of Capri offers a mixture of lively walking (and shopping) streets, beautiful gardens … and of course some fantastic views over the coast and the sea.



Close to the other major village, Anacapri, is the Villa San Michele, created by the Swedish physician and psychiatrist Axel Munthe (1857-1949). He visited Capri for the first time as a young student. Later established in Paris, Rome, Naples… , at the age of 30, he realized the early dream to build a home on Capri, what was to become a fantastic home and garden. Munthe was the personal doctor of the Swedish Queen Victoria (1862-1930), who on his recommendations spent most of her winter months on Capri. The property was by testament given to the Swedish State and welcomes today Swedsih artists by scholarships. It’s a bit surprising to find a Swedish Consulate here. Situated on the edge of a cliff,the place offers of course some splendid views of the coastline. 



The Anacapri village is, as the Capri village, a place for walking around, shopping, drinking… The grandkids enjoyed refreshing their feet...


... before the return to Sorento.


The second trip to Capri brought us thus around the island, watching the cliffs…,




… the fantastic villas, hotels, restaurants …



… the grottos…



The fantastic transparent water…



… inspired us to stop for baths at three occasions. This was possibly the best day of the too short holidays
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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bottom row photo, right hand side:

Who is that water nymph?
One of the Nereids?
She's beautiful!

Loved the photos of the grandkids!
Paloma has the walk of a ballerina.

Great post!
Great pictures!
Gracias mil Peter
Maria

Nadege said...

Si, si, grazie mille Peter! Beautiful Capri and gorgeous family!

Virginia said...

What a fabulous holiday Peter. I know now why you didn't want to come home to Paris. Your grandkids are growing up as are mine. Wonderful memories.

Oh and perhaps Elfie got to go along as well? What a lucky chien! :)
V

Cezar and Léia said...

This place is a paradise, I love the intense blue ocean and you got amazing images!So nice to see people enjoying the place, a great feeling of vacations!Happy people, beautiful pictures, it's a great combination!
hugs
Léia

Starman said...

Great photos as usual. There's a lot more color than I would have expected.

ELFI said...

une famille napolitaine, résidente en suisse te remercie pour ces belles photos!

Dédé said...

Capri, c'est fini et dire que c'était...
Poum poum poum

Thérèse said...

Extra tous ces moments!
Et puis un peu d'histoire ne fait pas de mal a lire. Details toujours interessants.

Studio at the Farm said...

What a gorgeous island! I can see why Munthe built a home there. Wonderful photos, Peter - thank you!

Anonymous said...

When I saw your pictures of Villa San Michelle, it reminded me of Hotel del Lago in Paraguay.

Built on the shores of lake Ypacarai, around the same time and with the same architecture, it's just as beautiful.

Among the hotel guests in 1908 was the Swedish journalist Ida Charlotta Bäckmann. She wrote an article about Paraguay for the Stockholms Dagblad.

Another guest at the hotel was the writer Antoine de Saint Exupery...
Maria

Synne said...

Capri is like a little world of its own, I think! I didn't see the grottos when I was there, thought - now I want to go back for some treasure hunting!

claude said...

Dis donc, avec toi, Capri, c'est pas fini.
Merveilleux endroit.
Sympas tes vacances en famille.
Merci de nous les faire partager.

Jeanie said...

Peter, as much as I love your Paris posts, I'm really falling into another world with your Italy ones! This really looks to be like a little bit of heaven -- and so much blue!

Nathalie in Avignon said...

Des vacances en famille dans un endroit de rêve, difficile de rêver mieux. J'ai suivi avec joie (et un peu de jalousie) ce beau voyage. Je travaille tout l'été; les vacances, ce sera pour l'automne. Bises

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow Peter what an amazing trip you and your family had. It all looks so beautiful , but then I would say that , I adore Italy. Unfortunately when my friend and I went to Monaco we just did not have time ...

Thank you so much for sharing these super photos.

Take Care Anne

Shionge said...

Great photos and great family bonding :D