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Wandering the Back Streets of Capri, Italy

“I wandered everywhere,
through cities and countries wide.
And everywhere I went,
the world was on my side.”
Roman Payne

One of my favorite things about traveling is time to wander.

Time to actually live out those delicious words: amble, mosey, and stroll.

The back streets of Capri are perfect for such happy perambulations, for they are quiet and shady, far from the clogged alleyways and sun-beaten avenues of the main shopping districts.

I love the painted tiles that adorn the house numbers, perky flowers spilling down white-washed walls, and worn steps that lead to the prettiest doorways.

The bottles of limoncello lined up so cheerily making me think of long summer days under the trees sipping icy glasses of this sweet nectar.

Of course I’m smitten by the doorways, especially ones that are curved and painted luscious colors. But I also sigh happily at the blue and white tiles adorning footpaths and window casings alike. They bright such coolness to an island so often roasted by sunlight.

Where are your favorite places to go wandering?




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bellini - I wandered the backstreets of Anacapri seemingly alone. The streets were empty in the afternoon. You have captured the soul with your beautiful pictoral Krista.

Jackie Robertson - Hmm I’m hoping to go a’ wandering in Tuscany at some time “wistful sigh” x

Krista - I did the same thing, @d58b26e263bfdbd99d844b965c5cbbfb:disqus , and I couldn’t believe that others weren’t there!! But I was so glad. 🙂 I’m so delighted knowing we shared that experience at different times. 🙂

Krista - Oh yes, @jackierobertson:disqus !! That would be pure bliss, my friend. 🙂

Margo Millure - Back streets are always the best – even if you just find out that there’s nothing there worth seeing – at least that way you know to try another! But often, I think, just taking the first steps away from a town center release you a little – and help you get your traveling confidence up a bit. Beautiful pics!

mlleparadis - oh gorgeous! esp those pink flowers and the limoncello bottles!

katyabroad - Such pretty pictures! Capri is high on my ‘must-visit’ list, I can’t believe I haven’t been yet! I love wandering the back streets too – so many towns in France and Italy are perfect for it, with their tiny, cobbled streets which seem half-forgotten. For something a bit different, Peru had some incredible back streets to wander and get a sense of local life.

Hogga - Jealous!

Grant Podelco - Great photos. Especially love the limoncello bottles. I just came back from Ischia and took a few photos myself: http://www.gusto-blog.blogspot.cz/2013/02/ischia-naples-italy.html

Krista - Thank you, @51228c8caaade3d32a2d7d5932e247f0:disqus 🙂 I just looked at your photos and they are fantastic! Loved seeing them. 🙂

Krista - I’m jealous too, @2a7d423bfbdd5a6a00753bd01ff3b8d4:disqus ! 🙂 These were taken a few years ago. I’d love to be there now. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, @katyabroad:disqus 🙂 I would love to meander through the back streets in South America. They must be so beautiful and old and fascinating. 🙂

Krista - Aren’t they ridiculously beautiful, @9d73767d10227efff04c7307e331304c:disqus ? 🙂 I can’t get enough of such gorgeousness. 🙂

Krista - That is a very good point, @margowrites:disqus . 🙂 I often get overwhelmed by crowds, and it is so good to wander alone for a bit. 🙂

Jessica - What a beautiful place! I love the colors you’ve captured, especially the pink flowers cascading down the white wall.

Andi Perullo de Ledesma - Buenos Aires for sure! 🙂 Loooooove these photos!!!

Krista - I’m so glad you like it, @twitter-527462446:disqus 🙂 I love those flowers too. They were like a work of art! 🙂

budgetjan - The Spanish hills are my favourite place to wander. I love the clarity of these shots Krista, and the colours. The shot of the limoncello is gorgeous.

Krista - Oh yes, @facebook-500212569:disqus , after seeing your photos I’d love to ramble through Buenos Aires too. 🙂

Krista - How wonderful, @budgetjan:disqus 🙂 I’ve never been to Spain before and am aching to one day. 🙂

jenny_atasteoftravel - Now I really do need to return to Capri! You’ve reminded me why I love to visit though this time, I’ll stay instead of making a day trip from Positano! I’m happy wandering anywhere and everywhere though Italy and France spring to mind!

Ordinary Traveler - I have never thought about visiting Capri, but this looks gorgeous!

Krista - That is a fantastic idea, @jenny_atasteoftravel:disqus 🙂 I definitely want to stay for a few days next time. 🙂

Krista - It is really beautiful, @christywoodrow:disqus And the grottoes are stunning and the views of the cliffs from the sea…yeah, I love it. 🙂

Mozzie - Gibbs and I recently ambled through Fairhaven again. We wandered in and out of shops we’ve been in a hundred times before and we oohed and aaahed over the wood work at the artisan shop and laughed at the funny gag gifts at the card store. We wanted lunch and found a place open we didn’t even know was there,a tiny little hole in the wall that doesn’t really look like much on the outside. But on the inside we were welcomed by cheerful sweet staff, hot coffee and delicious food. No matter how many times we mosey in Fairhaven we find something new to see or experience. When we go there I pretend it’s a faraway land and we’re world travelers discovering a country for the first time.

Charu Suri - Absolutely stunning shots, Krista!

Berry Whetstone Lauro - Your photos are beautiful. You seem to love the same things my husband and I do……..flowers, colors and wandering back streets. We so love Italy. We are going back to Capri and spending 3 nights since we only spent 4 “touristy” hours there before. We will also spend a week in Anacapri in 2014. Praiano is another of our favorite places to wander and we will be visiting there too.

Krista - Thank you so much, @facebook-1052607283:disqus 🙂 It’s lovely to meet a kindred spirit. So excited for your return to Capri for a longer stay. I really hope to do the same.

Krista - Thank you, @twitter-15386532:disqus 🙂

Krista - How absolutely wonderful, @37854c7777b9b21d0ae36d3aa8184779:disqus 🙂 It makes me so happy to picture you guys adventuring like this. 🙂 XO

Mia Persephone - Ohhh,I just wanna go & stroll in a borgo anywhere in Italia…It’s calling me again,mia passione!!!The scents,the architecture,the arts,the food,the H a P p Y people in the piazzas,gossipping,doing their little daily passagiata,mi piace tanto,tanto!!!That’s HOW I travel 2,wondering around where the locals live,play,eat,2 soak into the culture as much as possible…If I hear English,I run away,haha!!!

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Paula McInerney - What amazing colours, and love the limoncello. So bright, and doesn’t taste to shabby either.

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