What happened to the weather? There was a snowy week in the beginning of December and then fall returned.
When I was in Ischia in the south of Italy I thought it would rain, be cold (not freezing anyhow) and really uncomfortable. Instead I had Christmas in the sun, 15°C and a lazy time sitting outside, sunbathing and having a cappuccino.
So I took one day my camera and wanted to document the weather of Christmas 2013 in Ischia
My first stop this day was Lacco Ameno on the north side of the island. The ‘Fungo’ (mushroom) is the symbol of the village and one of the most famous shots. It’s a strange shaped tuff rock in the water.
Walking along the sea walk some shops were open I I saw this carriage full of typical goods they sell in Ischia: garlic, hot pepper, gift boxes with lemon soap and lemon liquor (Limoncello).
One of my favorite places I visit always is Forio, my home village. Where most of my friends still live and where I go every time at first when turning back.
The port view here is from inside the town to the north and Lacco Ameno. I love this view as well because it shows all the beauty of the southern coastal life.
In the center of the village there is a daily market. There is a parking just in front but I prefer to walk and not having the stress of looking for a free space.
In the market I visit a friend, Luigi. He has his own stand there, with ultra fresh vegetables, fruits, in winter nuts and of course the now so famous Limoncello made everywhere at the southern coast of Italy. I like to buy always his fresh mixed herbs for every kind of pasta, pizza, vegetable meals and more.
One of my favorite places I visit always is Forio, my home village. Where most of my friends still live and where I go every time at first when turning back. The view on the Epomeo, the mountain of the island and dead volcano, is still one of my favorites. The photo is shot from the Soccorso church.
Walking around with a friend we sat down here taking some sunbathing. It was nearly hot and just one day before Christmas. Nearly beach weather! The elder lady thought the same and sat there on the small wall for a long time talking to tourists passing by.
Before leaving Forio we had lunch. Lunch in Forio means for me ‘Tinaia’. That is – in my humble opinion – the best place where to have lunch or even dine. Not one time I am in Ischia and not going here. It’s a restaurant with a nice inside-outside, two pizza oven and nice people. The food.. well, I think it’s the best! And prices are more than light.
I had ‘alici marinate’ (marinated sardines). At home I make them by my own, but when living out of Italy I often don’t get them. So here I always take them once. They are made with garlic, olive oil and lemon. Yummy!
After lunch I returned back to Ischia Porto and had a walk with my friend I stayed with. We walked to Cartaromana from where we ha d a clear great view to Capri. Looks like you can touch it with your hands, doesn’t it?
And the Castello Aragonese (Aragonese castle) is beautiful also in daytime. The symbol of the island, the first sight one will notice approaching to the island. Who doesn’t like to come here for holidays? But at Christmas time forget the Christmas feeling – you get the summer feeling instead!
Unfortunately my holidays went away like ice cream in the sun. And I had to leave again. But not without telling everyone to return within a short time… soon… very soon…