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A Late Afternoon Picnic at Santa Maria Castellabate, Italy

Today I am longing for the beach, the hot sun of Italy, for lazy afternoons with dear friends, so we’re heading down memory lane to Santa Maria Castellabate for a late afternoon picnic.

Of all the places I’ve been in Italy, this is one of my very favorites.

My girlfriends and I arrived in early Spring, long before hordes of Summer tourists cover every square inch of sand with towels, baskets, and book bags.

It was just us and a few locals, catching the first golden rays of Italian Spring sunshine that warms you to your very bones.

Late afternoon is my favorite time to visit for everyone is relaxing after a long day of work. No one’s in a hurry, and the luscious gold of the setting sun is pure balm to the soul.

Bare-bottomed toddlers squeal as they dip their toes in the water, leather-skinned old ladies soak up even more sunshine, and old men fold their arms over their bellies and sit back to watch the world go by.

It’s wonderful.

I like laying back on a lounger and looking up at the gorgeous old buildings surrounding the beach. They’re pitted and weathered, yet somehow, all the more beautiful for it.

Barefoot and deliciously toasted after snoozing in the sun, we decide it’s high time for something to eat and find a little shop nearby that happily sells us crusty rolls, peppery salami, and wedges of creamy cheese.

We sit back in our chairs, basking in the life and light around us as we munch our way through sandwiches that taste even more delicious after a day spent in sea breezes, hot sand, and cold ocean water.

It all feels so perfect that I secretly wish I could stop time and stay right there in that moment for just a few more hours.

But soon the sun lowers and the wind off the ocean has a nip in it, so we pack our books and towels and trudge up the sand to our waiting car.

It’s time to go home.

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Tandy | Lavender and Lime - Looks like a place I would love to visit πŸ™‚

Krista - I highly recommend it, Tandy. πŸ™‚ It holds such good memories for me. πŸ™‚

Cathy - What a great place Krista that clearly evokes some wonderful memories for you πŸ™‚

Joanne (eats well with others) - This beach town is so lovely! I can’t think of a place I’d want to vacation more!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma - Soooo gorgeous! Take me there now please!!!

GourmetGetaway - You have done so much wonderful travel and your pictures are amazing, they always capture the essence of your travels.

Maureen Shaw - What a way to spend an afternoon!

Liz Posmyk - Just gorgeous! So sunny!

Kim - Liv Life - Oh, Krista! Your photos are always so beautiful. Italy is a favorite of mine as well and I loved showing a glimpse of the Adriatic to my kids last year. Their eyes opened as we toured different cities so different that those here in California. Nothing in California is old compared to Italy.
As I begin my Easter day I’m pretty sure your’s is already complete. Here’s hoping it was a beautiful day!

MyCustardPie - Love the people watching aspect as well as the scenery. Lovely account – take me there now!

Hotly Spiced - Italy just looks like it has so many beautiful places to visit. What a unique seaside town this is. I haven’t yet been to Italy but I very much long to be there xx

Lipstick on Lattes - That first picture was so beautiful I gasped!

Lovely post.

– Jawa

mlleparadis - oh gorgeous gorgeous pictures as always – hope you enjoy looking back on them as much as we do!

Krista - Isn’t it fantastic, @wanderingsheila:disqus ? πŸ™‚ I return there often in my dreams. πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m so glad you like them, @GourmetGetaway:disqus πŸ™‚ They keep me going when I’m not able to travel.

Krista - I would love to, @AndiPerullo:disqus !!!

Krista - I agree completely, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus πŸ™‚ I hope and dream to be able to take Bear there one day. πŸ™‚

Krista - Yes, it was sheer bliss, @disqus_v9uRgGTGfe:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - Yes, @lizposmyk:disqus , the sun was amazing, so very, very warm and golden. πŸ™‚

Krista - How wonderful to get to share Italy with your children, @kimlivlife:disqus I dearly hope to share it with Bear one day. πŸ™‚ Our Easter was really good – relaxing and happy with good friends. πŸ™‚

Krista - Isn’t people-watching so much fun, @MyCustardPie:disqus ? πŸ™‚ I love it too. πŸ™‚

Krista - It sure does, Hotly Spiced. It seems that each place, no matter how small or obscure, has its own beauties. I will really look forward to your photos and observations when you are able to go one day. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, paradis! I absolutely do enjoy looking back. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you don’t mind joining me! πŸ™‚

Krista - That photo is one of my very favorites too, @lipstickonlattes:disqus πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Kristin - No, it’s time to go to the piazza for an aperitivo! Love this post Krista, I wish I were there too x

Joanne (eats well with others) - The beaches in Italy are so beautiful!! Looks almost like a fairy tale!

Suzanne Walcher - Fantastic, sweet friend!

I felt the sand between my

toes, the warm sunshine on

my shoulders and the hint

of a breeze as I read your

account of a day that sounds

absolutely perfect. I love the

idea of visiting a tourist place

on the cusp of the season–

the weather is nice enough

to enjoy, but no crowds to

deal with! Must add this

charming place to my list

of Travel Dreams!

xo Suzanne

PS: Gorgeous pics…..

Velva-Tomatoes on the Vine - I would have wanted to stay there all day too…The day would have been perfectly ended with a glass of wine and more crusty bread with meat and cheese.

Anna Johnston - You lived my dream life Krista. What an amazing experience. Top of my list to visit. πŸ™‚

Jeanne @ - Oh how you make me long for a sunny beach… and a ripe Italian tomato!!

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