Wednesday, June 11, 2008

First Stop: Naples, Italy- Part Two

Yesterday, when I wrote the blog post about Naples, I was in a great deal of pain. I woke up at about 1:00 am with a terrible cramp going from what I thought was my kidney all the way down my leg. (I had a kidney infection while on the cruise.) By 7:00 am I could no longer deal with the pain, so Shannon took me to the emergency room. We spent half of the day there. They gave me some good pain meds that did stop the pain, but for some reason the entire right side of my body is numb. I am going to call my regular doctor today to get an appointment, so hopefully they can figure out what is wrong with me. I left for Europe a seemingly healthy 38 year old, but I feel like I have returned as a frail 83 year old.

Anyway, if you feel led to do so, please pray that the doctor will be able to figure out what is wrong with me. My family and I are all ready for our lives to get back to normal, and that is hard for me to do since I can't feel my leg.:)

Once I returned home last night, and saw my blog post, I realized that I left out several pictures. So today, I will repeat myself a little bit, and I will show you some new things as well.

I will start out with just a few more pictures of the Amalfi Coast. (Trust me when I tell you, the Amalfi Coast is always worth a second look.)

The color of the water was beautiful. It was so clear that you could see right through it, even from very high up.

I zoomed in so that I could show you all just how clear the water is.

And remember yesterday, when I showed you the view from the ladies room in the charming restaurant in Positano?.....Well, I forgot to show you the view from where we sat to eat dinner. One entire wall of the restaurant is windows. They even open them to let in the sea air.

(Just imagine being served delicious Italian food by gorgeous, Italian speaking men, while you are looking at this view.......All I could say while in this position was, "Well done, God!")

Before we went to Positano, we stopped in the town of Sorrento. It was very charming. All of the buildings were different colors, and like every place we saw in Italy, there were flowers everywhere.

This hotel had an amazing view of the entire town.

As we were all walking across a bridge, we looked down and saw this.

It was huge! It looked like an old castle or someone's beautiful home at one time. Now it is a home for birds and wildflowers.

My picture doesn't do this place justice. It is beautiful!

I loved the color of this home, and the tree full of fruit growing right in front of it. Italy has absolutely every kind of tree that you can imagine. (I will have many more to show you in future blog posts.)

I got very excited when I saw my first outdoor produce stand.....It all smelled so good and the colors were so vibrant. It seemed so "quaint" to me to purchase my produce from a little old Italian man on the street. (Like I've told you all before, I don't get out much.)

Look at all of the fruit and vegetables! I wanted to buy some until I saw this lady in the black shirt.

What you can't see in this picture (because of my very sharp editing skills) is what the lady is looking at. She is looking down at her dog, watching him "poop" on the street.......Right in front of all of that colorful, sweet-smelling produce.......Needless to say, I did not purchase anything at this stand. :)


hulagirlatheart said...

Simply beautiful! Keep the pictures coming. I'm living vicariously through you. said...

Amy, the pictures are just awesome!! I cannot imagine all that you got to see - we're all sitting here waiting for the next batch!! Please rest baby girl, you need to catch up for sure.
We love you! Mom and Dad :)

Tracey said...


Paula (SweetPea) said...

I am speechless. First, the photos are gorgeous...I love the clear waters and blue skies. Second, I just feel so terrible for you. I cannot believe you are keeping up with blogging while being in such pain. As I read your words, I STOPPED, and prayed for you. God will bring you through this and provide a clean bill of health. Trust in that and trust in HIM! He is the great Physician and Healer!


Mia said...

OH AMY!! I am so sorry you are so sick : ( Like Paula I stopped mid-reading of your post and prayed for you. Just to think you still are blogging this morning even though you feel like the poop in picture #12.....what a gal you are!
Let us know how you are doing.

My Goodness said...

Oh, Amy! I hate hearing that you were ill on the trip...and now you're all messed up. I do hope your dr. can figure you out!

Oh, the pictures! Gorgeous! I really hope I get to go to Europe someday. Beautiful!

And Italian Men...I love how you keep throwing that in there for us to drool over...I need a bib! haha

Michele said...

Amy, I am praying your doctor can find out what's going on and give you some relief. Take it easy and rest. The blog can wait!
The pictures are beautiful. What an amazing adventure you went on!

Beandip71 said...

I'm sorry you are not feeling well. I will be praying for you.

Sorrento was one of my favorite spots we visited in Italy. We were only there for an afternoon, but I would love to go back and spend more time there. Your pictures are wonderful...just like I remember. :)


Aleisha said...

The veggie stand I go to down my street, I was looking for some Romaine lettuce and this little girl had to pee. Her mom dropped her pants right there by the veggies and she started to pee. Yup, they will drop there pants here right in front of you and pee. They dont care. You see a ton of them pulling over on the freeway, peeing. Lovely! Beautiful pictures. I do love how they have a ton of fruit trees here. I have six lemon trees and one orange tree in my yard. Loving it. =o)

Aleisha said...

Forgot to tell you. If you drink the water in Italy, you will get a Kidney Infection. I had one really bad when I first got here. From now on, bottled water.

Wanda said...

Oh, Amy, I love you and I am praying for you, my friend. Please let me know when the docs find out what is wrong (and I am trusting God that He WILL tell you what wrong through your dr) I have an idea that it is a kidney stone, my mom had excrutiating pain with that, so let me know my friend, so that I won't worry so much. Love you forever, your friend, Wanda

Wanda said...

Oh, another thing to make you think I married my best friend, Chris got this really funky, unusual island flu while we were on our honeymoon that he needed to get huge horsepill antibiotics for when we returned (and it made him so sick!). Of course, being on our honeymoon, he pretended that he was okay most of the time, or at least while we were in the bedroom!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thank you for sharing the beauty of your trip with all of us. What an amazing gift of vision you've been allowed! I get such tunnel vision in my little neck of the woods. Truly, it's another world beyond these seas.

Who can fathom the riches of heaven? That's what your pictures are forcing me to contemplate this day. And that fruit-filled tree? That'll preach too.


Laura said...

Amy! You're home! I'm so glad you stopped over to see me because I've lost track of time! The pictures are so gorgeous. How amazing! But we have to get you all prayed up before we start oohing and ahhing. Consider yourself covered. Isn't it wonderful to come back home?

The Boyds Family said...

I knew you were sick when you returned but I didn't realize you still weren't feeling well. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you feel better (and your leg)soon. :)

Beautiful pictures - I would have wanted to go inside that 'bird house'.....and that water - I've never seen anything like it. Simply amazing.

Jamie said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. I'll be praying for you.
Your pictures are beautiful!

Lelia Chealey said...

You're so funny Amy. Surely she had a bag and cleaned up after her canine?? :)
This is fun "traveling" with you!
I hope your back is okay. I haven't read your newest post so I'm in the dark. Okay, off to your next post about your day at sea...

Lelia Chealey said...

Towel animals??? My family feels they're prayers have been answered if we eat by 8pm!
Pretty food!! Presentation is so important! :)
You look so pretty!!!i