Husband, kids, 10 and 12, hiked this path in the sky on June 1 with Lucy. It was a highlight of our 12-day trip, and I say that even though it poured at the end of our hike! Lucy was accommodating, knowledegable, prepared and so very kind. After it poured, she called in her friend Andreas to help. Because we felt safe the whole time, we agreed (afterward) that it had been a good adventure.
There had been a bad storm the night before our hike, and the gorgeous morning, we knew, didn't mean a rain-free day. Lucy left it up to us whether to postpone. We said, let's go for it. Lucy arrived with a backpack full of ponchos, we picked up a delicious picnic of meats and cheeses, and set off under what was, for a few hours, a perfect blue sky.
The hike itself is breathtaking and full of surprises, and, we did not think, all that strenuous. Terraced gardens, vineyards, an old monestary, and views of the Coastline you can't get anywhere else, all the way to Capri! Add to that Lucy's knowledge of the plants - tiny orchids grow there; yellowish ash from Vesuvius still tumbles out of holes and has a great influence over what grows there; when we heard goats from the cliffs above, she let us in on the locals' name for that section of the walk: The Path of the Goats. There are many other surprises that sort of quietly await discovery: My daughter, 10, happened to peer into a cave-like overhang and found a statue of the Virgin Mary staring back.
We had begun noticing that, hey, the sea looks funny out there, and you can't see Capri anymore. Out came the ponchos and shortly after, down came the rain for the last 1/4 of our walk. Lucy was wonderful the whole way. When we arrived in lovely Nocella, she asked her friend Andreas to pick us up and take us back to Praiano so we wouldn't have to walk down 1,700 stairs to Positano for the bus! She didn't have to do that, nor did he.
We really felt well-taken care of and if we are ever able to return, I'd call her again partly for her gentle and steady company.
Thank you Lucy and Andreas!
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