There will be Oscars?
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Kevin J. O’Connor, and Dillon Freasier. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Based on the novel, “Oil,” by Upton Sinclair.
POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT: You have been warned.
Daniel Day-Lewis is Daniel Plainview, a man obsessed with oil drilling. Obsessed. After one of his workers is killed, he adopts the worker’s son and continues forward with his operations. Within a few years he’s met by Paul Sunday, a kid who claims that there’s oil on the Sunday Farm in Little Boston. Plainview goes to check it out and indeed, there be oil. From there we watch the rise and fall of a ruthless oil magnate.
Albeit long, this movie was great; it was old-school filmmaking at its best. Daniel Day-Lewis channeled a bit of Bill the Butcher from “Gangs of New York,” to play Daniel Plainview. Plainview is a methodically mad protagonist; when you see him break his leg from falling in a shaft but still finds gold and pulls is out, managing to get out of the shaft and literally crawling to a place where he can sell the gold and lying on the floor with a splint on his leg while they figure how much it’s worth, you realize that this man is hardcore.
His “enemy” would be Paul/Ely Sunday. Paul is Ely, a fanatical preacher for the Church of the Third Revelation who seems to have an identity crises; the scared, innocent part of him is Paul, while the “appointed by God” part of him is Ely. And for most of the movie he’s Ely, claiming Paul to be a twin brother. Ely has his own methodical madness to match that of Plainview’s and both take turns doing something to the other.
And then there’s the adopted son H.W. We see him as a child left by a worker and slowly growing, learning everything about oil there is to know. When a mishap causes him to become deaf, Plainview puts him on a train and ships him away.
Also there’s the arrival of Daniel’s long-lost brother, played by Kevin J. O’Connor. Daniel trusts him more than he trusts others, but mainly to get close to him to find if he’s truly his real brother or not.
Oil aside, there was blood. I won’t tell you who got eliminated or why; ya gotta see it.
Overall I thought the film was great. Wide-angle and medium shots, the acting, the cinematography… while the subject matter may not have been the greatest in the world and there are those who aren’t on the boat with the “rise and fall/guy goes down in flames” sub-genre, this was one of those movies I walked away from going, “This movie makes up for all the bad movies I’ve recently watched.”
How do I get more students in the door and keep retention?
You have opened your mixed martial arts school and your classes are going well. However, you see and expanded number of empty spaces in your classes that need to be filled. What can you do to get more students in the door and then what can you do to keep them in your facility?
FILL THOSE SPACES
It takes a combination of things to get the students in your classes. It takes more that low prices to get the attention you desire in your programs. The following is a list of concepts essential to getting more registered students:
Top quality instructors- having a handful of well educated and experienced instructors will give potential students an opportunity to find the teacher that most fits their desired style of training. It also allows for more variations of martial arts to be taught at your school. Another advantage to having more instructors is that you can prevent the teachers from becoming burned out by limiting the number of classes they each would have to teach each week.
Well maintained facility- A clean and well designed facility will create a more comfortable atmosphere for your potential students to learn in. Boring colors and cracked mirrors or walls will be distracting and a turn off to the professionalism they desire from the school. On the other hand, if the facility is in great cosmetic condition and the place is properly decorated with martial arts related items that would embrace the feeling of inner strength for everyone there.
Fair prices- the lowest price in town doesn’t make people think you are the best school in town. Often times, if your prices are too low, potential students may start to think that your instructors are less than qualified or that something is wrong with your facility in general. Why else would you be half the price of every other school in the region!?!
Set your prices based only on what you are worth. Even if you are a little more than some of your competitors, your customers may see the value in the little more they would have to pay for your classes in the excellent quality of skill they would learn.
KEEP THEM IN THE CLASSES
Now that you have the spaces in the classed filled, what can you do to maintain their interest and keep them coming back for more week after week? Try some of these ideas:
More in class tournaments and performances for the general public. Bringing fame and attention even on a local level to the students in your class will create desire and passion for the sport that would keep them coming back to train over and again.
Most of the students in your classes are there because they have seen the sport on television and they want to live the dream of the people they seen on those shows. If your facility could make that dream a reality once in a while, you would keep them excited about sticking with your program to be able to continue to perform again and again.
Have fun demonstrations for the students such as having the instructors go at it in a sparring match one an occasional basis to motivate them to improve their own skills. What better way to show your students the correct way to perform a skill than to have the teachers perform them for the class? And when the class performs well you can reward them by having a free for all sparing match between the teachers.
Discounted rates can be offered for long term agreements on registered students to keep them interested in coming back to learn new things. Most facilities are teaching continuous classes year round where a student can start at any time and still manage to learn their skills at their own pace. If you want to make sure that they keep coming back to your classes, rather than billing a flat rate from week to week, you can offer a prepaid discount package for say groups of ten classes when paid for up front.
Are you one of those people that can’t get enough of the great outdoors in the summer? Love picnicking? Hiking? Camping? If so, you’ll need a cooler that’s easy to make, can hold lots of cold drinks, and will roll to make it convenient for travel. It might sound complicated, but it isn’t, when you start with a rolling book bag or piece of luggage on wheels.
Forget old-fashioned coolers that are bulky and leave you reaching into ice-cold water to get a sopping-wet drink can. There’s a new way to haul cold drinks around, without the mess or hassle. Just get out the rolling luggage and let’s get started. The project is quick and simple to make.
New Ziploc Big Bags make it easy to store and contain large items – like ice. The bags feature a double zipper system that will contain water – perfect for making ice. Fill the Big Bag with water, place flat on the freezer shelf, and freeze. The giant bag of ice is exactly what you need to keep drinks cold in the rolling drink holder.
Lay the bag of ice in the back portion of the luggage. The bottom of the Big Bag should be sitting on the bottom of the rolling container. You can stitch in two or three elastic pieces to hold the ice in place, if desired. This will also prevent the Big Bag, while the liquid melts, from sinking into a pile at the bottom.
After you’ve placed the ice in position, it’s a simple matter to line drinks up, forming several rows on top of the ice. Zip the luggage shut and you’re ready to roll. You can place the drinks in the pack loosely, or position them within a second Ziploc Big Bag to hold them in place and prevent them from rolling around inside the luggage. You can also use the rolling cooler for other refrigerated items, like milk, margarine, or eggs, while camping.
The rolling drink holder is perfect for camping, fishing, traveling, picnics, outings, and other outdoor events. You can make a small one, using a small rolling bag, or a huge cooler by choosing a large luggage piece. This allows you to choose the size that’s appropriate for you or your entire family. Since Ziploc’s Big Bags come in a variety of sizes, you’ll easily find the size that fits your particular rolling cooler.
The Big Bags are easily washable, dishwasher safe, and simple to store for the winter. After using the Big Bag for the summer, wash and turn inside-out to dry. Fold and store inside the rolling bag until next year.
You don’t necessarily have to use a rolling book bag or rolling luggage piece to make the cooler. If you prefer a smaller cooler, most any zipper bag with handle will work. Just find the size of Ziploc bag that suits your needs, fill with water, and allow to freeze.
Things progress as time goes by, so except the new, dryer method of carrying around cold drinks, and make a rolling cooler with the Ziploc Big Bags. No more sticking your hand in freezing water, no more dripping drink cans, and no more rinsing out huge coolers.
With the Big Bags, your ice will melt slower, and all the water will be contained inside the bag. Re-freeze the bag, if desired, or fill it anew before traveling again. Either way, your drinks will sit right next to the ice, making them colder than what you’ll get with a regular cooler.
You’ll love the new rolling drink cooler and you’ll want to take it with you everywhere you go. If traveling afar, make a small rolling cooler for each person in the family. That way, there will be plenty of cold drinks to go around.
Phenomic, partnered with Electronic Arts, brings a web based casual strategy game based in the world of Ultima, from the Ultima Online Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) released in 1997 that bases its style on medieval folklore. While in actuality Lord of Ultima has little to do with the original MMORPG it is nonetheless great casual fun. With virtually no application installation required and little startup time you can easy hop in and out of this casual game as your schedule permits, and you do not need much free time to in order enjoy the game or advance within the game. Lord of Ultima is simply a mashup of text-based web MMOs with of the past, which have gained increased popularity recently through facebook, and Warcraft style micromanagement town building strategy, also a game from the past seeing a resurgence through the soon to be released StarCraft II.
The basic gameplay revolves around building up your town to harvest resources and growing your troop strength. I highly recommend getting familiar with the buildings and the bonuses they receive from neighboring other structures as this will make our break your town in the long run. Once you have leveled up your buildings high enough to establish a castle within your city walls you can begin to enjoy the MMO aspect of the game in which you can raid other players’ towns and attempt to take control of their castles ultimately expanding your empire, but be sure you build your defenses up to counter anyone attempting to capture your town. Just as with most MMOs you can form alliances with other players online to pool your resources and work as a team towards world domination, this too is easy to do and highly recommended.
What makes this a casual game is the fact that every time you build new structures, upgrade existing structures, or adjust troop strength your activity is placed in a queue and is attributed a time until task completion, which can grow into hours per activity as you reach higher levels. You can fill up your queue with activities and then return to the game the next day to see your progress and select new tasks to top off your queue and make strategic advancements with your troops. Also, resources required to advance your town slowly stream into your resource funds based on your built up extraction structures so that once you deplete your funds you will have to wait a few hours before you have enough resources to build some more in your town. The nice thing is that resource nodes in your town do not become depleted. If you want a fast paced strategy game, then this is not the game for you as you will end up staring at the screen for hours until you get to make your next move and the rudimentary graphics may permanently burn into your retinas.
Lord of Ultima uses micro transactions as its funding source, so in essence the game is free to play, but the more money you are willing to spend the faster you will become more powerful. I have no problem surviving without making any purchases; however you are highly unlikely to become the true Lord of Ultima if you do not splurge on some monetary driven advantages. I highly recommend this game to casual gamers looking for a new place to establish an empire.
December starts in a big way for soccer fans living in the United States. Along with your standard league matches from all around the world, the Major League Soccer Cup Final will be showcased on television. Multiple FA Cup matches will also air on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget to check ESPN3/Watch ESPN if you would like to watch games on your computer or mobile device.
All times listed below are ET
Live soccer games on US TV for November 30
GolTV: The channel’s weekend begins with Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Eintracht Frankfurt at 2:30 pm.
beIN Sport/beIN Sport en Español: Both of these stations will show Catania vs. AC Milan at 2:40 pm.
Univision Deportes: Saint-Étienne will take on AC Ajaccio at 2:30 pm.
Live soccer games on US TV for December 1
FOX Soccer: Manchester City host Everton in a Premier League game at 10:00 am. Later that day, Reading host Manchester United in another EPL contest at 12:30 pm. Both of those games will also be featured on FOX Deportes.
FOX Soccer Plus: FSP gets in on the action at 7:55 am when Harrogate Town take on Hastings United in a FA Cup game at 7:55 am. Arsenal host Swansea City in a league match at 9:53 am.
GolTV: GolTV will have three live games on Saturday. Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach begins at 9:30 am. Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund immediately follows at 11:30 am. Later that day, La Piedad will take on Dorados at 4:00 pm.
beIN Sport: The morning starts when Crystal Palace take on Brighton amp; Hove Albion at 9:55 am. Barcelona will play against Athletic at 1:55 pm. Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid follows at 3:55 pm. Those last two matches will also be shown live on beIN Sport en Español.
beIN Sport en Español: Getafe will take on Malaga at 9:55 am. Valencia vs. Real Sociedad kicks off at 11:55 am.
ESPN2/ESPN Deportes: Both stations will carry the West Ham vs. Chelsea game at 7:30 am.
ESPN: Coverage of the MLS Cup Final, Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy, kicks off at 4:30 pm. This game will also be shown live on TeleFutura and Univision Deportes.
ESPN Deportes: ADO Den Haag will take on Twente at 12:40 pm. PSV Eindhoven vs. Ajax begins at 2:40 pm.
Univision Deportes: Lyon vs. Montpellier begins the morning at 11:00 am. Nice take on PSG at 2:00 pm.
Telemundo: Telemundo will show a match from Mexico at 2:00 pm. The teams involved in that contest were not listed on the channel’s official website as of the posting of this piece.
Live soccer games on US TV for December 2
FOX Soccer: Who needs sleep? Sydney FC host Melbourne Heart at 1:00 am. MK Dons host AFC Wimbledon in a FA Cup game at 7:25 am. Later on that morning, Norwich City take on Sunderland at 11:00 am. That same Premier League game will also be on FOX Deportes.
FOX Soccer Plus: A single FA Cup match, Alfreton Town vs. Leyton Orient, begins at 10:00 am.
GolTV: GolTV has four live games on Sunday. 1899 Hoffenheim vs. Werder Bremen begins at 9:30 am. Wolfsburg will play against Hamburg at 12:30 pm. River Plate vs. Lanus will begin at 3:00 pm. Penarol vs. Juventud follows at 5:00 pm.
beIN Sport: Siena vs. AS Roma begins the morning at 8:55 am. Troye will take on Stade Rennes at 10:55 am. The channel’s last live match of the weekend, Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria, is slated to start at 2:40 pm.
beIN Sport en Español: Inter host Palermo at 8:55 am. Deportivo will play against Betis at 10:55 am. Celta vs. Levante follows at 12:55 pm. Mallorca will take on Zaragoza at 2:55 pm.
ESPN Deportes: Sao Paulo vs. Corinthians airs at 1:55 pm.
Univision/Univision Deportes: The La Liguilla Gran Final, Tijuana Xolos vs. Toluca Diablos, begins at 6:55 pm.
As always, check your local listings for channel availability and for a list of matches airing via tape-delay or replay during the weekend.
For more: Check FOX Soccer schedule, FSP schedule, FOX Deportes schedule, GolTV schedule, beIN Sport schedule, ESPN schedule, Univision/TeleFutura schedules, Telemundo schedule
Hair removal can be a frustrating process. Shaving costs itchy rashes and burns; waxing is painful and often causes tough skin; plucking may leave unsightly holes in pores; and electrolysis requires several treatments and can result in ingrown hairs and is hardly worth the pain. This is why so many people are turning to laser hair removal tactics.
Laser hair removal involves safely and easily removing unwanted body hair without the pain and nasty side-effects that some of the other methods contain. Laser hair removal has been proven to cause less damage to pores and will not change the quality or structure of delicate skin. It is also a relatively fast procedure; laser hair removal of the face or bikini line can be completed in less than fifteen minutes, while laser hair removal of the legs or torso may take up to forty-five minutes.
During laser hair removal, a thin coat of clear gel is applied to the area where hair is desired to be removed. Laser pulses are then applied quickly and evenly to the area, which is essentially painless. Some patients report a “tickling” feeling, similar to what you might feel when rolling in dry grass, while in sensitive areas (the bikini line, for example), there might be a light stinging sensation.
Sensitive skin might develop a redness for several hours following laser hair removal, but this is considered normal, and will go away on its own. Some laser hair treatment centers will provide a mild anesthetic cream to reduce the sensations during laser hair removal. Slight swelling is also nothing to be concerned about.
Laser hair removal continues to gain following, especially since the results are permanent and require very few treatments. Women of all ages are flocking to treatment centers to rid their bikini lines, underarms, legs, face, back and buttocks of unwanted hair that would otherwise be removed by less comfortable treatments. Even men have undergone laser hair removal for the face, back, buttocks and chest. The number of treatments necessary to completely stop hair growth varies according to the individual.
Laser Hair Removal is gaining dramatically in popularity – mainly due to the permanent results – and hence the amount of new Laser Hair Removal clinics is mushrooming.
This process works because lasers cause selective damage to targeted hair follicles and does not damage surrounding skin. This practice is called selective photothermolysis because the laser targets dark matter in the area, called chromospheres, which can occur naturally or be artificially introduced.
Again, the results from laser hair removal are varied by individual case, including factors such as skin type, skin color, hair pigment and skin elasticity. It will not work on hair that is the same color or lighter than the surrounding skin, and it doesn’t work as well on people with extremely dark skin. However, there are specialized lasers that have been developed for darkly pigmented people.
A typical laser hair removal session costs $400-500, depending on the extent of the covered area, and at least four sessions are usually required to permanently stop the growth of hair from the skin.
Lap swimming is a wonderful alternative method of exercise for all different kinds of people, from the beginning swimmer to the individual who has swum every day for the past twenty years. I’ve been a lifeguard since the summer of 2000, and a great deal of my time has been spent watching people jumping into the pool to swim a few laps in favor of spending some time on the treadmill. Unfortunately, a great deal of that time has also been spent watching beginning lap swimmers get themselves in trouble with the more established swimmers simply because they weren’t aware of the etiquette that is expected. All to often this results in the beginner becoming discouraged, never to return to the lap lanes again.
1. You should always attempt to join a lane that has people swimming at around the same pace as yourself. This is important to avoid potential confrontations with other swimmers who are swimming at a faster pace than yourself and don’t want a slower swimmer slowing them down. Many pools have their lanes marked with signs informing you of the general rate of speed that is expected in each lane. Having a comparable speed to the rest of the swimmers in your lane is also important because even if you join a lane in which there are people who are willing to work around you without any complaints, you are going to feel the need to try to swim at a comparable rate to the rest of the swimmers in your lane. Pushing your limits during exercise is a good thing, but not when it causes you to over work your body.
2. If there is only one swimmer in the lane, you should make sure to let them know that you would like to join their lane. Remember to work out how you will divide the lane. Will you circle swim or split it down the middle? At this point it is less of a worry how fast the other person is swimming because neither one of you will be in a position to slow the other down. As soon as a third person joins your lane you should reevaluate the swimming speed of the other people in your lane to make sure that you are all swimming at a comparable rate. If not you should probably move to a lane that is more your speed instead of staying in a lane full of people who are much faster or slower than you are.
3. If there are already multiple people in the lane you are joining make sure to note whether or not they are circle swimming. If they are circle swimming, make sure to let at least one of them know that you are hopping in. At this point you can join the circle without worrying about colliding with any of the other swimmers.
4. If you are joining a lane that already have two swimmers in it then it is even more important to note if they are circle swimming or if they have split the lane and each swimmer is remaining on their own side of the lane. If they have split the lane, do not enter the water until you have been able to let both persons know that you would like to join their lane and that you will all have to begin circle swimming. If both people are not aware that you are joining the lane you risk a collision in the pool. Not only is this painful and dangerous, it is also a great way to have a more experienced swimmer give you an angry earful. Beginning a lap swimming routine at a new pool is nerve wracking enough without having the attention of the entire pool centered on your mistake.
5. Finally, if you have a question ask the lifeguard. We are knowledgeable about the pools we work at and how things are done there, and if you have a question that we cannot answer we can at least tell you where you can find someone who does know that answer.
Recruits headed down range at Ft. Benning GA have a wonderful surprise waiting for them. Not only will they get the wonderful opportunity to complete their Army Basic Training, but, more than likely, they will be headed for One Station Unit Training, meaning they get a full 14 weeks with their Drill Sgts. If the thought of hot days, unpredictable winter weather and the glazed stare of an infantry instructor aren’t enough to bring the recruit back to reality, his/her first meeting with their training Cadre certainly will.
Ft. Benning is located an hour outside of Atlanta Ga, and is home of the United States Army Rangers, School of Infantry and Airborne training. The information provided by the Army at the time of enlistment provides ample explanations of what occurs during Basic Training and the expectations for successful completion, this article will address a few of the topics that aren’t covered but are on every recruits mind.
What Happened to My Drill Sergeant?
Welcome to Basic Training for the Infantry. Recruits are often shocked by the sudden change between the Drill Sgts at reception, whose job it is to insure recruits are prepared for training by having equipment, need to know lessons and not being injured while waiting, but the instructors who arrive early in the morning of the first day of Basic are not of the same mindset.
First, these new Sgts can’t hear. Recruits can yell, but it won’t do any good. These Sgts can’t hear a word, but they can see, and they will see everything. Every nose that is scratched, body weight shift in formation, or an improper overlapping of hands at the parade rest will be observed punished and corrected, but most recruits learn to adapt quickly to the new rules and regulations.
Why am I on a Cattle Truck?
The only answer is shock and maybe the personal enjoyment that recruits will have when looking back on their training. Other such fun events lye ahead for the recruit, from the first ruck march, to the morning they are allowed to fully eat to be followed by the gas chamber, to never understanding why recruits aren’t allowed the eat the candy in the MREs. The point of Basic Training is to train, and the United States does it better than anyone, but recruits learn early to just accept the fact that the pain is coming and one day they will understand the method.
I Knew There Was a Fire Guard, but Battalion, CQ Desk and Laundry Duty?
Fire guard isn’t the only cause for lack of sleep, and there is very little of the precious dream time to be had already. Squads may make it back to the bay by a reasonable hour, but after instruction, cleaning, personal hygiene and equipment prep, sleep is at a minimum.
Why do I hate My Battle Buddy?
Recruits don’t hate each other, but several weeks in, little arguments will arise. Eventually the tempo slows down and recruits are left with each other for longer periods. But with little sleep, high stress and the physical demands of training, conflicts that normally wouldn’t arise do, and only character, patience and learning will prevail. Older recruits should remember that for many, Basic is the first time other recruits have ever been away from home or on their own.
Senior Drill Sgt, Please Come Back
Perhaps the best and worst part of OSUT is the infantry training. While Recruits will find it exciting, they may not enjoy the new harsh discipline from the new instructor cadre, but should hold their heads up, Infantry is why they showed up in the first place.
Basic Training is a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it is difficult regardless of physical conditioning. For many, it represents the first time they have ever been alone or on their own, but with a little military bearing and a whole lot of being singled out, recruits will leave Basic Combat training with a deep sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
Ahhh, Italy. It is truly a paradise notable throughout the world, particularly on the Amalfi Coast, where unspoiled landscape and old world charm will mesmerize the most seasoned traveler. Here are a few must-sees along this breathtaking coastline.
After arriving in Naples airport (the closest to the Amalfi Coast, about a 90 minute car ride to the hotel), we based our trip in the quaint fishing village of Praiano, staying at the Hotel Onde Verde. Praiano is ideal if you’re looking to relax and take in the Italian scenery after a long flight, and considering this was where my husband and I spent our honeymoon, the setting was perfect. The views from our cliff side hotel were stunning. Even if you’re not based here, a visit to this town is worth the trip. In true old world fashion, small fishing boats sail out daily to bring in the day’s catch which is served locally every night at the area’s restaurants. Other than hanging around the beach, possibly taking a boat excursion to other ports, or eating and drinking at the local restaurants, there is not a whole lot else to do here. Shopping is limited, public transportation is scarce (although the bus schedule might indicate otherwise, we waited close to an hour and a half for a bus), and tourists are few and far between. However, if you’re in a honeymoon mind-set (as we were), this is definitely a place to get away from it all and be romanced.
Naples, Pompeii, amp; Mount Vesuvius
A few days of relaxing Italian style can cause any New Yorker to get a little restless, so we ventured into the more touristy areas of the ancient city of Pompeii and the volcano of Mount Vesuvius.
If you’re curious about ancient history and have an interest Greco-Roman architecture, Pompeii makes an interesting day trip. My husband loved it. I, on the other hand, could have done without it, but looking back in retrospect, was glad to have gone for the history lesson and some nice pictures. For those who don’t know (like myself at the time, I was never very good at history) Pompeii was an ancient pagan city that was completely buried in ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD . What makes the site so special is that the majority of the city’s original detail, including pottery and human remains, was impressively preserved by the sediment of the volcanic ash. It was re-discovered and excavated in the 16th century, and excavation is still ongoing today.
The counterpart to the trip to Pompeii is the hike up to the pinnacle of Mount Vesuvius. Although the hike was somewhat tiresome after a day of walking around Pompeii, it’s worth the climb for the sake of the views. The top of Mount Vesuvius boasts some astounding views of Naples city and Bay of Naples, as well as the isles of Capri and Ischia off the coast. The experience at the top of the mountain also gives a solid account of what it’s like inside the crater of a volcano (complete with smells and all). I’m not much for hiking, but this day-trip that included visits to both Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius were definite must-sees.
There is something absolutely intoxicating about the isle of Capri. It could be the combination of amazing scenery, high-end shopping, free shots of crema di limoncello (an Italian lemon liqueur), or the perfume factories….I haven’t quite figured it out. Whatever it is, it’s working like a charm. Tourists mob this island, and as they should – personally I considered it the highlight of the trip.
A must-do in Capri (in addition to people watching and lamenting about the Fendi handbag you can’t afford) is taking a ride on the fernicular, or cable car, to the zenith of Capri. Again, similar to the summit of Mount Vesuvius, the views are spectacular. But unlike Mount Vesuvius where you take in the smell of sulphur dioxide and brush off the black ash dirtying your shoes, the top of Capri is a garden oasis complete with flora and scenic statues. We were only allotted a few minutes to enjoy this oasis, as our guide made us slaves to his well-planned itinerary, but it nevertheless left a lasting impression. The entire island of Capri and all of its shops, scenery, flora, etc., were must-sees. Looking back in retrospect, I probably would have made Capri (or her sister, Anacapri, on the other side of the island) the base of my trip. The hotels, however, are far more expensive on the isle of Capri than in other areas of the Amalfi Coast.
Positano and Amalfi
The coastal towns of Positano and Amalfi (for which the coast is named) are very similar to each other with respect to old world charm, cliff side architecture, cobble stone streets, outdoor cafes, and intimate beaches. Just about everything within these towns will charm you. Both towns promote impressive ceramics adorned with lemons (mainly because lemon trees are a staple on the Amalfi Coast). The food and wine, not surprisingly, is delicious. Additionally, there are notable cathedrals in both towns. While we were unable to enter the cathedral in Positano (it was closed and locked for some reason), we were able to visit the cathedral in Amalfi, located in the center piazza. The small entrance fee was worth the tour and walk-through. Shopping within the piazza following the tour was also enjoyable, giving us a more “urban” experience, as mini cars and mopeds whizzed by the outdoor cafés and shops. While there is not much of a center piazza in Positano, the shops and café’s were just as common. As both towns are located within cliffs, there is quite a bit of rugged terrain, so bring your walking shoes. After witnessing a marriage on the pier in Positano, we were mesmerized, the aura within these coastal villages is simply enchanting.