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8.30.2016

Ravello, a hidden gem in the mountains

Terrace of Infinity Villa Cimbrone Ravello

If you read my blog previously, you already know Positano is one of my favorite places on earth & I always hop on a plane a couple of times every summer to spend some days there & visit my aunt & uncle.

We took advantage of a very bad weather day during our last trip there, to visit the nearby town of Ravello, a breathtaking gem hidden into the mountains.

After a quite long bus ride (actually there are not so many km to do, but the costal road is quite narrow & buses often got stuck & honestly taking the bus is an experience in itself...) from Positano to Amalfi & to Amalfi to Ravello, we finally arrived to our destination.


Mains square and the Cathedral in Ravello

To recover from the bus ride, we started with ice-creams in the main square.


ice-cream in Ravello Amalfi Coast

Happily savoring our treats, we wandered the tiny streets...


Exploring Ravello Amalfi Coast

Wandering the little streets in Ravello

Wandering the little streets in Ravello

& with a perfect timing, we arrived at Villa Cimbrone just as we finished our ice-creams ;)


Villa Cimbrone Ravello

Villa Cimbrone is an historical palace in Ravello, mostly known for its fabulous gardens & its amazing belvedere, the Terrace of Infinity.

The palace is now a 5 stars hotel & hosts a restaurant as well, but the gardens are open to the public.


Villa Cimbrone Ravello

Right in front of the ticket office, you'll find the cloister & the crypt entrance. 


Cloister of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

Unfortunately, when we went there the crypt was closed due to a wedding.

Shall we continue through the gardens so?


Gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

Marveling at the beautiful plants & flowers...

Gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

Villa Cimbrone gardens Ravello

...the many statues...

Villa Cimbrone gardens Ravello

Villa Cimbrone gardens Ravello

We eventually reached the Terrace of Infinity...

The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

& got lost in the blue panorama stretching in front of us...

The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

I didn't want to leave anymore, it's true that this belvedere is kind of magical, you feel suspended between the sea & the sky. 
My pics don't really do justice to this place...

But there was more to explore, so we eventually took back the road through the gardens...

Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Getting lost in the different floors of the never-ending parc

Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Garden of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Walking between the sea & the mountains...

Garden of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Villa Cimbrone garden, Ravello

& among gardens of different styles, feeling once like in Japan...

Villa Cimbrone gardens, Ravello

& then like in the labyrinth of Alice in the Wonderland ;)

Villa Cimbrone gardens, Ravello

Once we explored every corner of this charming place, we found ourselves back at Villa Cimbrone.

Villa Cimbrone garden, Ravello

We then came back to the main square. 

Ravello Cathedral

Where this kind man was sitting in the exact same place than before, only his companion had changed ;)

Main square in Ravello, Amalfi coast, Italy

While going back to the main square, we saw many nice places, most of them with a breathtaking view, where we would have loved to have dinner, but Ravello is up in the mountains so the weather is fresher than in other towns nearby especially when the night is coming & we were kind of cold. So we sadly decided to go back to Positano.

But now you know, so if you plan on going there, bring a jumper with you & you'll be able to enjoy dinner in one of the nice restaurants overlooking the blue sea :)

PS. We went to Villa Cimbrone as I wanted to see the Terrace of Infinity, but there's also another palace, Villa Rufolo, with equally beautiful gardens, that is a nice visit when in Ravello.

View from Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Amalfi coast


8.25.2016

Magical terrace in Paris

View over Paris from Montmartre

No need to say Paris is a wonderful city. As it's often the case, to see the city from above is even more beautiful (or it's just me who love to see any place from above?!). 
As it happens, one of the most beautiful views over Paris is from Montmartre hill.


View over Paris from Montmartre

But when you have the chance to enjoy this wonderful panorama from a private terrace with a 360° view instead of among a huge crowd of tourists... Well I'd say this is kind of magical! :)

Follow me...


Private terrace in Montmartre Paris

One of the perks of having a hubby working in real estate ;)


View over Paris from Montmartre

And no, before you get too excited, this is not our home... although we live really close... in a first floor apartment ;)

One of hubby's clients, who lives in the building, kindly told us to go on the terrace once to enjoy the view at sunset.

It's  a shared terrace for all the building's residents, but fabulously it was just the 2 of us! Can you believe it??
I mean, if I lived there, I would spend all my time on such a terrace: it's huge, you have wonderful view, there are sun loungers, tables, chairs & even a bbq! 


View over Paris and the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre

Anyway, luckily for us, we could enjoy the terrace, the amazing view & each other's company in total tranquillity :)

View over Paris from Montmartre while drinking champagne

Sipping prosecco & nibbling on burrata and grilled vegetables (I'm still Italian for food! ;p)

Can one ever get tired of this view??







& it's not only the panorama, but also to look at the charming & typical Parisian roofs it's a never-getting-tired-of view!



We sat there chatting & happily watching the sky changing colors until the stars shine.

& when the sky becomes pink, the real show begun...





Call it magic... <3



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