Amalfi & Ravello

Views from Scala (the oldest village on the Amalfi Coast) from the quaint town of Ravello

Views from Scala (the oldest village on the Amalfi Coast) from the quaint town of Ravello

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Fiordo di Furore

Fiordo di Furore

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Emerald Grotto

Emerald Grotto

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Duomo di Sant'Andrea in Amalfi, the main town of the coast.

Duomo di Sant'Andrea in Amalfi, the main town of the coast.

Pasticceria Andrea Pansa

Pasticceria Andrea Pansa

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Spiaggia di Atrani

Spiaggia di Atrani

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Arrived in Ravello faced with the ravishing views of Scala

Arrived in Ravello faced with the ravishing views of Scala

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Lunch with a view at Hotel Villa Maria

Lunch with a view at Hotel Villa Maria

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Villa Cimbrone Hotel

Villa Cimbrone Hotel

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It was an extremely windy drive along the Amalfi Coast from Casa Angelina in Praiano, out east to explore the other towns. We heard so much about Ravello being the most quaint and beautiful town, so we knew we had to make that our final destination that afternoon (although it is cliffside and by car is the only way to get there!). We hired a taxi driver for the afternoon, who was kind enough to be our tour guide and show us all the best view points and beaches along the way. Our first stop in Amalfi was an expected tourist town, so we were there for about half an hour as it was very crowded. As soon as we arrived in Ravello, we had lunch at Hotel Villa Maria (make sure you book a table with the incredible sea views!). What took my breath away however were the views of Scala, which felt like it was right out an old fairytale. Villa Cimbrone, one of the most prestigious hotels in the area, was a bit further in, and was highly recommended to us to enjoy the gardens—and yes indeed, magical it was! It holds “the most beautiful flowers imaginable” and is considered among the most important examples of the English landscape and botany culture in the South of Europe.

Stayed tuned for the last of my Amalfi Coast blog series, Capri.

Photos by Hoon Kim and I

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Positano

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Le Sirenuse

Le Sirenuse

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With hubby on our 5 year anniversary day

With hubby on our 5 year anniversary day

Cutest open air clothing boutique

Cutest open air clothing boutique

Spiaggia del Fornillo

Spiaggia del Fornillo

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Gelato at Covo Dei Saraceni

Gelato at Covo Dei Saraceni

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Fresh juice break at Casa e Bottega

Fresh juice break at Casa e Bottega

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Positano is one of those places where the postcards views match the real life views. With thunder thighs at the end of the day, climbing 48 flights of stairs the day we explored, the layers upon layers of coastal villages that spill down the hills left us in awe as we took in the breath-taking scenery everywhere we turned. I feel like the only other place with this kind of sensory was our visit to Santorini (Perviolas) and Mykonos last year. Even though our visit here was after high season (late September), you could still feel the energy of the beach-goers, tourists, and locals alike. Our hotel Casa Angelina provided complimentary shuttles into Positano, so it was really convenient to get in and out. The Marina here is also one of the major hubs where you can visit any of the other coastal towns, so we took advantage of that and took a ferry out to Capri the last day (but more on that later!). I also want to mention Jamie of Amalfi Concierge is also a Amalfi Coast transplant from NY, and can help plan out anything you need for your next visit. Miss you beautiful Positano.... 'til next time.

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Praiano

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Sies Marjan Top, Janessa Leone Hat

Sies Marjan Top, Janessa Leone Hat

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Cheers to 5 years of happy marriage :)

Cheers to 5 years of happy marriage :)

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Armani Water! Dinner at the incredible Un Piano Nel Cielo at Casa Angelina

Armani Water! Dinner at the incredible Un Piano Nel Cielo at Casa Angelina

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Walked up about 100 steps from the hotel to the main town of Praiano

Walked up about 100 steps from the hotel to the main town of Praiano

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Octopus salad (possibly the best of my life) at Kasai

Octopus salad (possibly the best of my life) at Kasai

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Walked down about 200 steps from the hotel to La Gavitella Beach

Walked down about 200 steps from the hotel to La Gavitella Beach

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Our trip to the Amalfi Coast for our 5 year wedding anniversary began in Praiano! We stayed at Casa Angelina, a chic 5-star hotel with a minimal aesthetic and super hospitable staff. Every morning and night we were greeted with incredible views across the ocean with sunsets that left you just staring, staring, staring. It was more or less 100 steps from the town of Praiano, and about 200 steps down to La Gavitella Beach so it made things super convenient. When we weren't dining at Un Piano Nel Cielo (probably one of the best hotel breakfasts and dinners ever), we walked up to town and ate at a local restaurant—Kasai and Trattoria San Gennaro are highly recommended. Shuttles were also provided by the property into Positano (15 minutes drive) several times a day so it made it super convenient to get back and forth. Speaking of, Positano travel diary is coming up next!

In collaboration with Casa Angelina and Mr and Mrs Smith; thoughts and opinions are my own.

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An Abundance of Florals That Is NYFW SS18

Ulla Johnson SS18 Runway Show

Ulla Johnson SS18 Runway Show

Farrow & Ball x Lewis Miller Design guerrilla style flower installations around the city, bringing beauty to unexpected city corners and construction sites.

Farrow & Ball x Lewis Miller Design guerrilla style flower installations around the city, bringing beauty to unexpected city corners and construction sites.

Brunch at Lalito

Brunch at Lalito

Luncheon with Hermès designer-perfumer, Christine Nagel, to discover the new Hermès women's fragrance Twilly d’Hermès

Luncheon with Hermès designer-perfumer, Christine Nagel, to discover the new Hermès women's fragrance Twilly d’Hermès

Brunch with Ashley, Stephen, and Hoon at Faun

Brunch with Ashley, Stephen, and Hoon at Faun

Tried out the new Dom Perignon 1-Hour Delivery Service over Labor Day weekend!

Tried out the new Dom Perignon 1-Hour Delivery Service over Labor Day weekend!

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First time getting acupuncture at REST Acupuncture

First time getting acupuncture at REST Acupuncture

Sies Marjan Sweater, H&M Shorts, Yvonne Kone Boots, Fendi Bag and Keychain, Gentle Monster Sunglasses

Sies Marjan Sweater, H&M Shorts, Yvonne Kone Boots, Fendi Bag and Keychain, Gentle Monster Sunglasses

Ulla Johnson SS18 Runway Show

Ulla Johnson SS18 Runway Show

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Art Installations for La Prairie's The Art of Caviar Event celebrating 30 years of Skin Caviar

Art Installations for La Prairie's The Art of Caviar Event celebrating 30 years of Skin Caviar

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KITH SS18 Runway Show

KITH SS18 Runway Show

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Jonathan Simkhai SS18 Runway Show

Jonathan Simkhai SS18 Runway Show

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A ride to dinner at The Nomad Hotel in the Absolut Elyx Copper Cab

A ride to dinner at The Nomad Hotel in the Absolut Elyx Copper Cab

Launch of Dim Sum, a new loungewear brand by Licheng Ling

Launch of Dim Sum, a new loungewear brand by Licheng Ling

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Mansur Gavriel SS18 Runway Show and debut of the brand's RTW collection

Mansur Gavriel SS18 Runway Show and debut of the brand's RTW collection

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Helicopter ride over Hudson Valley with American Express membership reward points

Helicopter ride over Hudson Valley with American Express membership reward points

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NYLON's NYFW Rebel Party with the new Range Rover Velar

NYLON's NYFW Rebel Party with the new Range Rover Velar

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Jourden Dress, Stella McCartney Shoes (Similar), Fendi Bag and KeychainAltuzarra Sunglasses

Jourden Dress, Stella McCartney Shoes (Similar), Fendi Bag and KeychainAltuzarra Sunglasses

Meeting at the CHANEL Corporate Office

Meeting at the CHANEL Corporate Office

Bridal Shower for my dear friend Ah-Hyun (friends for over 25 years!)

Bridal Shower for my dear friend Ah-Hyun (friends for over 25 years!)

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A quick recap of events over NYFW (an abundance of florals seemed like a common theme throughout the month!) before I leave for Europe tomorrow with the hubbie! We'll be on the Amalfi Coast for a few days to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary, and then a few days in Paris for PFW. Have a wonderful weekend and see you in October (and on my Instagram)!

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