But I'm getting ahead of myself here.
|It was a bit humid in there.|
|What doesn't show is the large amount of bright turquoise.|
The trip along the coast road was absolutely lovely, if hair-raising for our poor driver. We had an apparently suicidal bike rider (yes, BIKE, not motorcycle) passing a car on the outside of a blind curve going in the opposite direction from us. If my dad hadn't been quick on the brakes, we would have been learning first hand how quickly the ambulance arrives in Italy. The view, however, was gorgeous.
|Only one of 1000s of views...|
When we arrived in Amalfi (having averaged about 12 miles an hour), we went to the big surface parking lot just off the coast road. It was crammed to the gills -- we have no idea what happens during peak tourist season, nor are we anxious to find out. As the van was drawing its skirts close together to pass a car going in the opposite direction, the other car (with HUGE loudspeakers mounted to the top) started blaring opera at us. We looked at each other and just started cracking up...only in Italy. It turned out later to be part of an election campaign.
|We found the car again later, so I caught a picture of it.|
Having found niente in the way of parking, we continued up the coast road. Fortune smiled, and a subterranean parking lot appeared in front of us. Hurray! We parked the car, and were able to go to the cathedral -- St. Andrew's. It has a gorgeous crypt with all kinds of inlaid stone throughout, and paintings on the ceiling. There were also some fragments of mosaics from somewhere around (Italy is so rich in culture that the inhabitants occasionally forget to document this stuff for those of us who haven't grown up with it).
|St. Andrew's facade|
|The doors, which are incredibly old (sorry, don't have a date for you)|
|Notice the Moorish influence here?|
|Some of the mosaic work|
|A detail of the mosaic|
|A close-up of the border|
|Another type -- floor, I believe|
|A view of the campanile from the cloister|
|Fresco in the cloister|
|I love the way the halos are 3-dimensional!|
|And yet more...|
|She's from the 15th century|
|A palanquin from China!|
|Look at the stone lacework!|
|The stonework in the crypt|
|An overall view of the stonework|
|The base of an altar in a side-chapel|
|View of the crypt|
|We cracked up when we saw the straps holding the column together (?)|
|At lunch. Yes, the weather was perfect.|
|In part of the maze.|
|A small theatre|
|Part of an amphitheatre|
|These columns were about 12 feet in diameter, I think. They were huge.|
|James looking for lizards out of the corner of his eye.|
|And, yes, there were lizards...|
|...lots of lizards...|
|And boys to look for them!|
|A brick column that was mortared on the outside to appear solid. Check out the shape of the bricks! This was in the Roman section|
After wandering around the ruins for a while, we went into the museum.
|This was on the lid of a tomb that was lined with frescoes.|
|Look at the horse! Isn't it sweet?|
|This is how a frescoed tomb would appear in situ.|
p.s. Here are some bonus pictures of the "cedro" which turned out to be a citron. Jeremy liked it a lot, and it was wasted on the rest of us. I'm candying some of it for fun.
|The farmer actually had one as big as James's head!|
|The flesh is sour, but the pith is sweet (ish)|
|Compared to a rather large lemon|