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Trip Report Our Amalfi Coast Adventure—Orlando to Dublin to Naples to Praiano

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This is the trip report for the Amalfi Coast portion of our 16 day trip May/June 2016. The second part of the trip was eight days in Paris. I will write a separate trip report for the Paris portion.

We were six women traveling to the Amalfi Coast for a week. I had been by myself in 2013 (see my Trip Report at http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/one-week-solo-on-the-amalfi-coast.cfm) and wanted to return to this slice of paradise with friends. The destination was not the touristy Positano or the better known Amalfi. Instead, we were to stay in the quaint and quiet village of Praiano.

Five of us left Orlando on Aer Lingus non-stop to Dublin. The best connection we could get was an overnight layover in Dublin with a very early flight to Naples the next day. That was fine with us, adding another country to the trip added to the adventure.

We were all new to Aer Lingus and very pleasantly surprised. Our tickets were much cheaper than the other airlines, so we thought our flight would be substandard. On the contrary, Aer Lingus was very professional and comfortable. There was a good entertainment selection, decent food, and personable flight attendants. The airplane was very clean.

In Dublin we stayed at a B&B very close to the airport, outside of Dublin. Actually, it was closer to the seaside village of Malahide. The B&B, ironically called the San Juan Guesthouse, is owned by a lady named Cathy McConnell. She is a fun, friendly Irish woman who fit in with our group very well! She greeted us with coffee and a snack even though we arrived after breakfast. The rooms were cheery with very comfortable twin beds as requested, three in one room, two in the other. Each room had a tea kettle and a variety of teas.

Cathy gave us directions to Malahide and we hopped the bus to explore. Malahide is a quaint seaside town with a very interesting castle. We walked around, tried the local favorite, bangers and mash, and toured the castle. Exhaustion from the overseas flight set in and some of us went back to the San Juan Guesthouse for naps, while the more energetic took the bus into Dublin. Dublin, in contrast to Malahide, was lively and crowded with partiers, comparable to New Orleans.

Cathy ordered a taxi to pick us up at 4:30am, too early to enjoy the Irish breakfast included with our rooms. Boarding the plane from Dublin to Naples, we were ready for the next part of our trip to the Amalfi Coast.

The sixth woman on our trip was meeting us in Naples. She was flying Air France from Cincinnati to Paris to Naples with only an hour layover in CDG! We never expected her to make it and were thrilled when she arrived at the Naples airport.

As a side note, we were able to communicate with each other using wifi. The European airports all have free wifi, making it easy to text or call using FaceTime on our iPhones. There was no need to pay extra for an international cell plan. Everywhere we went, wifi was readily available. I called a friend who didn't have an iPhone using Skype with a wifi connection.

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