Escaping the Heat

The first words that come to mind when I think of summer are longer days, sunshine, and swimming.  To me, there is no better way to escape the blistering heat than to cool off in a pool, lake or sea. Although relaxing at a pool and lake is very fun I prefer to cool off at a beach. I love hearing the calming sound of the ocean waves coming in and digging my toosh and feet into the sand.

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Paestum

Almost everyday after we had our Italian language lessons Accademia Italiana arranged for us to go on cultural excursions. These included activities like going to tour a mozzarella cheese factory, ceramics painting, touring of historical churches and ancient Greek cities. On this particular day we toured the ancient Greek city, Paestum. The Greeks founded the city of Paestum in 600 B.C. The city is about an hour train ride from Naples and a thirty-minute train ride from Salerno. I remember almost skipping this excursion because at the time I had a really bad sinus infection from changing environments. I’m really glad I didn’t skip the tour. The actual small city of Paestum is very charming with picturesque views of mountains and farmlands so if you have time I suggest doing a little exploring. There is a really good Gelato place (sorry I forgot the name but you can’t miss it) very close to the ancient ruins that is great for cooling down and enjoying the views.

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Grotta Azzurra

Capri is one of the prettiest cities on the Amalfi Coast. From the blooming bougainvillea on buildings, to the picturesque views, the true blue Mediterranean water, and the charming shops. I have always dreamed about visiting Capri so when we finally had a full free day to ourselves, my friends and I packed up our day bags and set out for another Italian adventure.

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A Day in Positano

Early in the morning after a long night of partying (When in Italy, Right? Haha) my friends and I took an hour-long ferry ride to Positano. We took the afternoon pretty easy, by having an early lunch at Hotel Marincanto. It started raining mid way through our lunch so we ordered another round of Bellini’s and Mimosas and continued our idle chats. After the rain cleared and the sun began to beam again, we headed down into town for a little bit of exploring.

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