The Lemon Path
One of the most gorgeous and relaxing days we experienced was on a visit to the Amalfi Coast. We wanted to walk the famous “Lemon Path” or Sentiero dei Limoni that connects the towns of Minori and Maiori along the Amalfi Coast. This path was once the only connection between these two tiny towns, an alternative to the sea, before the construction of the main road to reach Amalfi. Walking among the path you are able to step back in time and imagine the hard work of the carriers who lugged around lemons to the towns beaches, with only donkeys to help, onto ships that departed for the Mediterranean, Britain, and beyond. The Lemon Path passes through one of the most important of the “sfusato amalfitano” cultivation, a typical lemon world famous for its huge size, aroma, flavor, and high vitamin C content. Farmers have worked hard to create this unique and delicate landscape. It’s amazing that we are allowed to walk through it.
We chose to only walk one way of the path because we have a small kid and didn’t want to hike the same path back again. So we parked in a parking garage halfway between the two towns and began a short but kind-of-dangerous-side-of-the-road walk towards Minori to start from there (killer roadside views though!). Before starting on our trek up the mountains, we were drawn in to the beach, sand and the loungy-looking chairs right off of the main road. So we talked the guy into a discounted price to relax for an hour or so under the umbrellas, have a bite for lunch, and do a little bit of sea-glass hunting. It was here that I discovered limoncello spritz’s… YUM! One of my new favorite summer drinks! After we filled our bellies and enjoyed a moment in the sun, we set off for the the Lemon Path.
On the way home down the mountain, we came across an amazing fruit stand that I had to stop at. It was full of luscious red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes (my favorite!!), peppers, cream liquors, and the ginormous “sfusato amalfitano” lemons. They even had an old-fashioned weighing scale to measure the quantity of your fruit!
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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!
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