Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Calling for backup.


So, I am in Praiano, and my friend Deb joined me here on Sunday. The Amalfi coast is more beautiful than any place I have ever been. It's stunning. And stunningly steep. I thought the stairs of Vernazza kicked my ass, but this town is so steep that when I checked into this rental house, Mr. Tony got me all settled and then said, "When do you want to go to the market? I will send a car, you will shop, and they will bring you back home." It's so f'ing steep here that even restaurants will come pick you up for dinner because if you don't have a car or scooter, there is no way you can really get around.

So the downside is that it's not that easy to go get gelato. The upside is that the views are magnificent.

God bless Deb, because she brought her computer. So, this is the first German-glare-free internet moment I have had since I got to Italy. And today, right now, is the first time I have been able to use it because our wireless was broken until this morning, when Mr. Tony said he would call a guy to come fix it. And who shows up? The police. And frankly, I thought they were here to arrest us because we're very low on toilet paper and I vaguely remember Deb proudly showing me a fist full of TP swiped from the restaurant bathroom and after that bottle of wine I thought that was hilarious, but also awesome, because we really need it. And then I saw the policeman coming up and I thought, "They know. We're busted." But he was the internet guy. The police showed up to fix our internet. I suppose it only makes sense that a guy who can unstick notorious Amalfi coast traffic jams can also unstick the interwebs for the hopeless TP-thieving American girls up on the hill.

38 comments:

DDgirl said...

You know, someone has to pay for all the work the Duomo needs done... so, ads has been sofar the only way to get the money, because the whole thing needs to be totally polished every THREE years!!! (just imagine that it takes two years to polish it... so you were very very lucky to be able to even see it!!!).

Anyway, lucky you got the the sea... while I'm stuck working in Milan and now you know how HOT it is!!

MaryBeth said...

Wow, sounds like you are having a great time, I wish I was there. Did you have a travel agent make these arrangements for you? I hope the 1 bag of things is holding up. MB

Paul Anater said...

Ahhhh, you are in the most beautiful place on the planet. Steinbeck lived in Positano for a time in the early '50s and wrote a story about it. He sums up the place perfectly: http://www.fortunecity.com/littleitaly/amalfi/84/positanosteinbeck.htm

Anonymous said...

Great to hear all is well, you're having fun and procuring TP as needed.

Kinda bummer about the vertical environs. Stunning views, I'm sure. But I know you were looking forward to strolling about as well. Maybe your next locale will suit.

Maria

home before dark said...

Only you could weave hysterical prose with: Amalfi coast, police, internet, Mr. Tony, stolen TP, and your ongoing concern about German intervention on your vacation. Be fun, be safe and watch out for the Germans. We know they are watching you!

Paisley said...

You can still go get gelato and burn off all the calories walking back to your apartment. When we stayed on the Amalfi coast I counted 121 steps from the street to our apartment. It was rough!

je dois said...

This is hilarious! How are your shoe choices working out?

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Photos! Thanks for sharing! -maria

leni said...

Haha! That's a great story.

JJ said...

I thought "calling for backup" meant you had sent an Italian man to come collect me from the 99* Seattle temperatures. I would have brought your asses toilet paper!

angie muresan said...

Hahahaha... this is such an entertaining read! I've been following you along on your trip to Italy, and this is my favorite post. I can just picture the gorgeous Italian police men with their designer uniforms and slicked back hair, smiling their dimpled smiles, gesturing wildly, all the while fixing the internet.

Ivy Lane said...

You are too funny!!! Loving reading your travel log!!!

Anonymous said...

Decorno, I have said it before and I will say it again: PLEASE WRITE A BOOK. I WILL BUY IT.

Decorno said...

Hi MaryBeth - I booked all my hotels/apartments myself just thanks to google and key words like "amalfi coast rental" but my plane tickets I actually did have an agent (Elizabeth Holmes Travel in Seattle) book for me because they were open-jaw (fly into one city and out another) and also had the added complication of needing to coordinate my go-home flight with my fiance's since he's joining me for week three. It didn't cost more than if I had booked online, so that was great.

Anon: as SOON as I get a book deal, your wish is my command (Stephen... you need to hook me up with your pals at Hearst..)

JJ - Not kidding, Deb and I are already planning to return next year and we are making sure you and Edie and Emily and Richie come along. Only week two will be Greece.

Pammyfay said...

I need to get me one of those Italian policemen/24-hour tech service guys! I'd get him to go fetch me the gelato, too... (and thank you for such beautiful, daydream-inspiring photos!)

di fabulous said...

so happy to live vicariously through you on this trip...keep the updates coming.

go to sorrento if you get the chance, gorgeous, wonderful markets, and a nice break from the steep roads of positano.

Pam said...

I was sitting here at my computer enjoying a glass of wine when "Decorno" pops up, so OF COURSE, I immediately click on your email to check your/my progress in Italy, and laugh my ass off as wine shot out of my nose!!! Gross, I know, but alas so true... Pam/Mikey (Italy in Sept followers)

gatherings home said...

Oh decs....you make me smile, and so do your readers. je dois I'm wondering too. J.J. it's frickin' hot here! The only thing keeping me going is my icy gin & tonics and my fans on either side of my chair! But....it's you decs that keeps me coming back for more. Can't wait to read your next post.

mary said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip--I fully understand the tp issue!!! Glad you didn't get arrested. Can't wait for more adventures.

mary said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip--I fully understand the tp issue!!! Glad you didn't get arrested. Can't wait for more adventures.

bettina said...

I've sent a link to your blog to my sister, who is heading to Spain in 2 days. Thought your packing tips were brilliant! I'm new to your site but want to tell you that you are fabulously entertaining! Enjoying your Italy trip vicariously...

penelopebianchi said...

So cool and sooo funny! You said Priano......someone thought you were in Positano........the Amalfi coast is like Indian dwellings in canyons in Arizona or somewhere.....houses built on sheer cliffs......I mean sheer straight up and down cliffs.......whole towns.

Brilliant. Gorgeous. If it had been Positano.....you would have been talking about sandals. I just know it. You were in some undiscovered small place.........on the Amalfi coast!

You are in such an amazing and unspoiled part of the world!

Bravo!

Penelope

Kwana said...

It sounds wonderful despite the steepness. Enjoy the views and the very handy cops. Thanks for the updates. I'm enjoying your travels.

Melissa said...

Hilarious. Hope you and your friend continue to have some more awesome adventures!

terre said...

you're a dear and it sounds like you're having a blast! just got back from miami and part of my re-entry process is to catch up on my blogs. now i really feel like i'm home. thanks for keeping us posted-thought i'd have to do without you!

erin Ferucci said...

OMG!! You are sooo funny! I feel like I am there with you! I wish I was!!!!
Have fun!

cash for clunkers said...

LOL TP theiving American girls! That is so bizarre that the police fix the internet connection.

Meg said...

Hopefully it wasn't the carabinieri coming to fix da internets, as many Italians use carabinieri jokes instead of dumb blonde jokes. Although on the plus side of that kind of IQ, when I cut off a car full of carabinieri, all it took not to get pulled over once they turned on the sirens was to smile and wave. Pretending that you don't speak Italian when you're pulled over is generally pretty effective, too. Not, um, that I would KNOW.

I love, love, love the Amalfi coast. Love driving it, love the insane steep bazillion stairs, and the beautiful blue of the ocean against the limestone cliffs. The gardens of the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello are pretty. Not drop-dead amazing (although the views are), but really, really pretty.

Lucky you.

Newell Turner said...

Please don't skip the pesto! I believe the dish originated in Cinque Terra. In Liguria it's made and taste better than any other place on earth.

Bonnie said...

Love your funny story! Reminds me of my trip down there on a train that caught fire... its always somethin' in Southern Italy! So glad you love Amalfi Coast and are having so much fun! Isn't it incredible!?! Can't wait to see where you land next!

gina said...

That is a great t.p. story you will long remember and laugh about. Sounds like an amazing place.

Anonymous said...

Hey - it's Seattle calling. We had O's 16th bday and you were conspiculously absent, though of course, we all know you are in Italy. We had fun, but missed you. Sounds like you are having a ball. I told Tom and Jon that I found the idea of you and Deb in Italy together VERY SCARY. So, be safe, have a ball, and we'll see you upon your return.
xo - s

Up Mama's Wall said...

If you want me to, I'll deliver some TP.
I'm glad you're having a great time. And I'm glad I get to rad about it.

The Consummate Hostess said...

The Amalfi coast is easily one of, if not, the most beautiful place that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Enjoy your trip!

drollgirl said...

you are hilarious! and i am so jealous of this fabulous trip you are on!

all that walking on steep hills might do wonders for my big rump. hmmmm.

The Little Big House said...

ha! that's hysterical! your photos have officially made me crazy jealous of your trip!

Grant K. Gibson said...

I have to say: I know that you are having a great time...but please come home soon- I miss your daily reading!

ohnomyboots said...

Please stop being so self indulgent and get back to feeding us your snark and style. Work blows without Decorno.