June 25, 2016

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello

Upon arriving in Positano, I received so many messages and comments along the same lines: “You are in my favourite place in the world.” WHAT a statement to make about one place, but it is totally justified.

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So you might have read my previous post called “can I 20-something go on a cruise?” where I broke down the pros and cons (mostly pros tbh) of staying on a BIG SHIP to travel around Europe instead of plane journeys.

As part of this epic trip, one of the excursions offered to us as part of the cruise was a chef’s market discovery tour. It was awesome, we got to follow around a legit amazing chef who handpicked all the ingredients as we moved through the local streets of Sorrento, before hopping on a bus and driving along the Amalfi coast. One thing I remember the most is that the lemons are REALLY BIG there. They were nearly as big as my head.

The Amalfi coast has been on my “list” for years but I almost felt intimidated by it. I’d seen it in countless Instagram pics (it might just be one the most Instagrammable views in the world) and I found myself thinking: “how will I ever manage to go there?” I found myself thinking it’s just too beautiful to imagine ever actually visiting.

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So this trip was incredibly special for me. I soaked it all up as we only had a short time there, but the beach was gorgeous, it wasn’t too crowded and everywhere you look is stunning. Whites doors, pastel paintings, jewellery sellers, colourful flowers and foliage everywhere. Bougainvillea-laced streets. It was like something out of a picture book.

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Along the way, with the chef in tow, we picked up little tips on how to make our Italian food taste that little bit more authentic back home. We each picked out a legendary “Femminello” lemon and learned all about how “Limoncello” liqueur is made (and we were drinking it before 11am). We visited a family farm in the rural hills and had a live-view of how mozzarella cheese and olive oil is made, visiting the machines and talented people who make it. Back onboard we had an intimate chef-hosted dinner of all our Italian finds.

If you are travelling by cruise with Celebrity Cruises I definitely recommend hopping off and doing one of these excursions. It was brilliantly organised, however it is worth flagging that the price tag is quite high. But it’s worth it for the fact you don’t have to organise your own travel, it includes an AMAZING meal, the host of the trip was from Sorrento and therefore had so much amazing knowledge of the surrounding area, you get to meet other people and definitely get back to the ship on time 😉 I think if my sister and I had “done our own thing” we just wouldn’t have experienced the best bits – I’m really glad I did it. To have visited Sorrento and Positano in one day and to learn cookery skills along the way without it feeling rushed, was absolutely perfect and something I’ll remember forever.

Find out more about the chef’s discovery tours here.

*This excursion was gifted complimentary by Celebrity Cruises in return for a blog post.*

  • I’m so glad you had the time to travel to Italy! I’m currently in Sicily, having some family time here, and booooy if the weather is absolutely shit! It’s raining all the freaking time! But it’s hot, way too hot. I really hope you did find a great weather! And, by the way, I adored this post!
    Also, can’t wait to put my hands on your book!!
    Love xx
    Marylou

  • I’ve personally never gone lemon-picking, but judging by your photos, this looks like such a beautiful place! Hope you had a lovely time xx

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