Although born and raised in Los Angeles' most violent community, South Central, my mother managed to steer us away from the lure of the streets and instill a sense of wanderlust in each of her children. As a result I love to travel.
Most recently, thanks to a very generous birthday gift from two of my best friends, I visited Italy for the very first time. An 11-day, whirlwind Trafalgar bus tour with two-nights in several cities. Absolutely exhilarating and exhausting! Loved every minute. Especially the two nights at the Miramalfi on the Amalfi Coast.
The immaculate property boasts amazing views of Amalfi's legendary coastline. My simple, but well-appointed room was not carpeted, but rather featured the beautiful green-blue hand painted tile for which the region is famous.
The chilly November weather made the floor a bit frosty, but I imagine that during Italy's summer months the tile is a welcomed respite from scorching temperatures.
Each room features a balcony overlooking the placid waters and coastline. A favorite memory is upon arrival standing on my balcony listening to my tour bus mates on every floor oohing and aahing over their first impression of the view.
Back downstairs the dining room proved to be typical of that I'd experienced in most of the hotel dining rooms I visited across the country. The food was functional a best. The service efficient, if not overly enthusiastic.
My internal clock all askew, I awakened at 4 a.m. and went in search of the hotel's computer (I was on vacation , so my laptop was left at home). I rode the elevator down from my 4th floor room to the lobby only be be greeted by total darkness-- not a soul in sight. My attention was immediately drawn to a sound coming from somewhere in the vicinity of a sofa in the corner of the lobby. I was only momentarily spooked until I realized it was only the soft snoring of an exhausted desk clerk.
Not to disturb him/her, I returned to my room and waited until a more Godly hour to inquire about the computer. Which, by the way, I was graciously offered free usage for my earlier inconvenience. An unsolicited, but welcomed gesture.
Should this Urban Bush Woman travel again to the Amalfi Coast, the Miramalfi Hotel has my business hands down.
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