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Jun 7, 2012 - Naples, Italy and ruins of Herculaneum

Day 5- Naples, Italy Ah, sleep! How elusive you have been this week. Since we'd decided to book a later excursion for this, our final day ashore in Italy, Mike and I both took some TylenolPM to hopefully get a full night's sleep again. It worked for the most part, tho nature is a bit of a nag around 4 AM. At any rate, slept in until around 7:30, which was nice. We went upstairs for breakfast, then just kinda killed time sitting on a deck chair dozing for a little while then wandering the ship. Before we knew it, it was after noon, and time...

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May 1, 2012 - On the way to Napoli!

I woke up and decided on a run!! Everyone was out, as it was yet another national holiday!! No pics today.... Just a train ride into Naples.....wayyyyy dirty city! Crappy pizza! So, we ended up going to bed early! All is good, we needed the sleep! The hotel was swarming with polizia... Apparently someone important was staying at the hotel and they wanted to prevent a manifesto ( riot)... Damn, every one of the polizia men were soooooo cute, but all married :(!!!!! Thank goodness! :) ciao!!!

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Apr 22, 2012 - Naples, Italy

April 22 - Napoli (Naples, Rome) Naples sits on the Bay of Naples (as does the beautiful island of Capri) at the base of Mt. Vesuvius. That is the volcano that brought life to a thunderous end for Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D. Naples is not a pedestrian-friendly city! Traffic lights seem to be more of a decoration and absolutely of no importance to the multitude of Vespas darting all over! We learned to cross streets along with local folks whenever possible during our 5-hour foray. Being Sunday most of the shops were closed. This...

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Dec 8, 2011 - Naples

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND You may remember that I talked about the Sorrento Peninsula being the place where the Sirens would attempt to lure sailors onto the rocks and to their death. Well Naples, according to Greek legend, was the spot where the Siren Parthenope was washed ashore after being rejected by Odysseus. The name Neapolis (new city) refers to the fact that the Greeks decided to construct another city near their original settlement at Cumae. The Romans appreciated the thriving commercial centre established by the Greeks, and allowed the...

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Nov 10, 2011 - Circumvesuviana

@@@@@@@ Anil had read the ‘Getting There And Away’ section of the Lonely Planet in preparation for our arrival by high-speed train in Naples, Italy and the change that would be required for us to transfer to the local train that would take us from Naples from Sorrento. He was prepared for the short walk between the two train stations, and it wasn’t difficult to follow the signs marked ‘Circumvesuviana’. However, we weren’t prepared for the decrepit state of the station, nor the sorry-looking commuter trains. We were surprised that the fare...

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Jul 21, 2011 - A Day at Sea

Today was a day of rest, after our family devotions in the morning we spent most of the day lying by the pool. We could probably use another day much like this before we get off the cruise. We’ve been going non-stop, although trying to get to bed early enough to go strong the next day. Tonight was our first formal night. It’s fun getting all dressed up and having family photos made. Pietro continues to give us service unlike we have ever experienced. Not only does he personally turn in our food orders and bring them from the chef (not...

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Askew summer 2011

Jul 20, 2011 - Naples

Although we arrived into port much later than planned we had been able to contact our tour guide by internet last night. He was waiting for us as we exited from the ship and away we went. Through Naples and up to Sorrento. Giovanni is unlike any Italian we have met so far. More the kind you see in the movies, shaking their hands in expression with fingers pursed together and speaking VERY loudly. We didn’t hit it off initially; and we were all wondering what we had gotten ourselves into. About two hours along the way he had said, “move it,...

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Askew summer 2011

Jun 22, 2011 - Pompeii, Herculaneum

Pompeii & Herculaneum Today we take the train from Naples to Ponpeii and Herculaneum.  These 2 cities offer a fantastic glimpse of what life was like in Rome 2,000 years ago.  Both were buried in ash and hot volcanic mud in 79 A.D.  They were discovered in the 17th C and excavations began in 1748 and are continuing. Once again, we followed a Rick Steves walking tour with Casey and Kirsti playing the part of guides while the rest of us rested in the shade listening to them read.  Both are amazing places with Pompeii being the larger and...

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Jun 21, 2011 - Naples

Today we leave Sorrento and travel to Naples to see the city with Kirsti's family.  After a bit more touring in Sorrento, we caught the Circumvesuviana train to Naples.  It was a very warm day arriving at the train station, from which we walked to our quaint little bed and breakfast, through the crowded streets of Naples, filled with motor scooters, people, and garbage.  There has been a garbage strike here for the past week.  Kirsti, Curt, Casey, her friend, Amanda, and Bryn had arrived at the B & B about 20 minutes...

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Jun 5, 2011 - Napoli, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast

Overnight, we sailed between the Italian mainland and the island of Capri and entered the Bay of Naples for a very early arrival to wet and soggy Naples. We’ve been so fortunate so far with incredibly beautiful weather; but, it appears our luck has run out, at least for this port of call. However, we’re here in the city which brought pizza to the world so we can’t let a little rain stop us. We headed for the meeting point to join our tour. Naples is the gateway to the south and our tour would take us to Sorrento, the Amalfi Drive to...

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May 26, 2011 - Naples and Pompeii Archaeological Museum

Entry #12 May 26, 2011 On Thursday, we headed down to the ferryboat port and got on the boat to Naples. We were surprised to travel with a number of passengers who had suitcases. We later found out that the ferry was the only way to get to Naples (and the airport) since a workers' protest had blocked the road from Sorrento to Naples AND the railroad track. We had been lucky to get to Pompeii the day before on the train! It was a long walk from Naples ferry terminal to the museum where many of the artifacts from Pompeii were housed. Along...

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Apr 20, 2011 - Naples - a bit too exciting

We all slept in and got a slow start to the morning. It was then easy to get off the ship as all the other excursions and most passengers had disembarked by 11am. We headed out of the ferry terminal building, past all the taxis offering discounted rides to Pompeii and just started walking the streets. We enjoyed a quick coffee at the bar of a café and the kids had fresh squeezed orange juice. Naples immediately lived up to its edgy reputation as we witnessed an assault. The bystanders and police didn’t even really take notice until Jen...

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