Posts in Nature
Anacapri in Capri, Italy

Anacapri, literally meaning above Capri, holds different status from the city of Capri though it shares the same island. A bus, winds through hairpin turns from Marina Grande to Anacapri for a small sum. To take the scenic route, hike up Scala Fenicia or the Phoenecian Steps for literally breathtaking views (the steep hike can leave unsuspecting tourists out of breath.)

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Piazzetta in Capri, Italy

The Capri funicular deposits passengers at Piazzetta, a small plaza with cafes, restaurants, shops, and a tourism office. From this height, visitors get beautiful views of the sea stretched for miles. Occasionally, one might brush shoulders with celebrities and Hollywood stars as Piazzetta is a popular place for those visiting the island.

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Funicular in Capri, Italy

The Capri funicular connects Marina Grande to the center of the island. The lines get rather long during midday hours, but it may be worth the wait as the climb up can be steep. We took the funicular early in the morning and walked back down towards Marina Grande for a mid-morning excursion on a boat. Running approximately every fifteen minutes, the € 2.00 ticket is well priced and the journey up offers a spectacular view of the island.

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Marina Grande in Capri, Italy

Marina Grande is the main port to the island of Capri, Italy. A steady flux of ships and boats come in and out of the port, carrying cargo and passengers alike. Boats travel to Naples, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and simply around the island for a tour of the grottos. Restaurants, hotels, and shops line the main strip, serving locals and tourists.

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Hiking in Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain

Hiking in Montserrat is a great way to stretch your legs. The panoramic views of Catalonia are exquisite. Trails range from brutal to challenging to moderately paved paths. Popular hikes are laid out on maps and it's easy to just follow people along as the trails are bustling. A rack railway or cable car can take you up to the main square and two funiculars are available to take you to trails above or below the abbey.

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Santa Maria de Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain

Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine abbey nestled into the Monserrrat mountains in Ministrol de Monserrat in Catalonia, Spain. A mere train ride away from bustling Barcelona, it is a wonder to behold. Founded early in the 11th century, it has since been rebuilt between the 19th and 20th century and is a working monastery with about seventy to eighty monks. Monserrat means serrated mountains, referring to the jaggedness of the natural formations.

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Southeast Lighthouse in Block Island

The second of Block Island's lighthouses, Southeast Lighthouse is near Mohegan Bluffs. I caught the last rays of the summer sun around 6pm, driving out there with a friend on our rented moped. There's an area to park and a grassy area where you could picnic and enjoy the views. The lighthouse itself is on the smaller side, but it's the views of the bluffs you really want, especially as the sunset cascades into many hues of oranges and purples.

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