TRAVEL DIARIES : REBECCA HESSEL COHEN
Travel I Path to Portofino. Location I Positano, Italy.
My husband and I recently took a little baby moon before our second daughter arrives in November. We are taking our 2 year old daughter on a two week trip to Europe with friends in early August, so we decided to do a quick romantic getaway just the two of us. We went to Italy for 7 days and it was heavenly. Here are a few of my tips.
Of course on our drive from Forte to Il Pelicano (about 2 and a half hours) our adorable little Audi convertible breaks down. My Husband tries replacing the tire, but the spare tire is also busted. With no cell reception, no one stopping to help us, bugs eating us alive, and being 5 months pregnant and starving, it's not a pretty sight! At the same time I am still enjoying the gorgeous scenery because even though we are stopped on the side of the highway, it's the most incredible highway you've ever seen! The moon is starting to come out, the farmlands are beautifully lit, and I'm just taking it all in. We finally charge our phones enough to organize a car service and help to pick up our broken care, and 4 hours later we arrive at Il Pelicano in time for dinner at 10:00 pm. Still in our bathing suits and dreaming about our day in Forte Dei Marmi, we quickly change and enjoy a beautiful dinner under the stars.
Il Pelicano is an absolute Tuscan dream. We bask in the sun and sea for three beautiful days. The hotel has been around for nearly 50 years, a big summer home for the fashion crowd. It's a bit like camp for adults now, a beautiful escape. You can take paddle boards out on the sea, float on a raft, or take a boat ride to see the surrounding villages. Definitely book a massage and shop in the hotel's boutique - they carry amazing brands, like Lisa Marie Fernandez, Erez, Missoni, and much more. Definitely buy the book on Il Pelicano, it's incredible.
You barely need to leave this magical setting. It's all about the delicious Italian wine, amazing company, a great book, and incredible food.