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Oct 5, 2019 - Day 15 Joe's birthday - Vesuvius and Pompeii

I had a bit of a restless night as I wanted to be up early enough to blow up balloons and decorate downstairs before Joe woke. I woke about 4:30 and took the balloons into the bathroom and blew them up, spread them around the table, put his cake with the No 1 and No 2 candles Joe organised for me to buy when we were in Roma on top out as well and drew a Happy Birthday sign to put with them. Not much however something festive for him to wake up to seeing as he will be away from his family for his birthday. I messaged his parents to tell them...

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Jul 11, 2019 - Pompeii e Vesuvius

Matinee a Pompeii avec notre guide Sasa qui nous fait une revelation choc! Ce n’est pas le Vesuve qui a detruit Pompei mais le pic voisin la Somma!!! Tel que bien decrit dans la missive de Pline le Jeune, temoin depuis sa position de l’autre cote de la baie de Naples de la destruction de Pompei. Sasa est un guide touristique de 3e generation et vit a Pompei. On a le gagne le jackpot des guides. A suivre

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Itallia e bella !

Jun 27, 2019 - Pompeii

Our accommodation is within walking distance of Pompeii, so after our Italian breakfast of chocolate filled croissant, yoghurt, and little square toasts with jam washed down by strong coffee for me and tea for Grae we set off for the ruins. The site is huge and while there were lots of tourists we were all spread out. It was only at a few of the more popular sites that we had to queue briefly - really only the brothel with its erotic frescoes, basically a list of what was on offer. There are lots of drinking taps scattered throughout so we...

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Sep 8, 2018 - Pompeii

Leaving Rome, we headed south toward the Sorrento Coast. On the way, we got our first glimpse of Mt. Vesuvius. We also saw the Apian Way which was a major road for the Romans. It was lined with umbrella pine trees, so it was easy to see from the freeway. When we arrived in Pompeii we were met by a local guide. It was amazing to hear the stories about the life in Pompeii and how quickly the volcano overtook this area. In fact, it is still very active and can actually go off again at any time. Luckily, not while we were there! We roamed the...

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Nov 1, 2017 - Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 Naples

Naples by the Sea, by John We had an easy journey from Rome to Naples on the train, and our hotel let us check in right away even though it was before noon. We have been staying at the Grand Hotel Santa Lucia and our rooms overlook the marina filled with yachts. There's a huge castle across the street as well. Twenty miles out to sea is the Isle of Capri. The hotel is a little older and a bit run down, but our rooms are large, and the beds are comfortable so we are happy. Our only complaint is that the lowest temperature that we can set on...

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Oct 4, 2016 - Pompeii at last

What an interesting day. I think we’ve had four seasons in one day. It has been cold, rainy, humid and hot. Up early so we could get ready and to breakfast before our tour departed at 7.45am. On coach 30 with Roberto and an absolutely fabulous driver, Carlos … and he was good!!! It was overcast to commence the day as we drove the windy, narrow road to Sorrento. Roberto was into avoiding crowds so we did our tour backwards as there were seven cruise ships in port today and all of them had at seven or eight tours going to Pompeii, filled...

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Luke's Football Tour

Jul 10, 2016 - Pompeii

Today we had an exhausting and sometimes frustrating trip to Pompeii. We were up at the crack of dawn so we could catch our 7:30 a.m. train to Naples. Once we got to Naples, we had to figure out how to get Pompeii. It was complicated to find the right train going to the right place in Pompeii. Nobody speaks English. There are no signs in English. You just have to fend for yourself. After several set backs, we finally made it to Pompeii. It was 91 degrees today plus humidity and we were HOT! Pompeii is pretty awesome. It had twenty thousand...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Pompeii

Our host brought us a wonderful breakfast this morning on a cart that we wheeled out the balcony. We ate warm chocolate croissants over looking the water. On the road and headed to Pompeii where we spent the day walking about the city of Pompeii. It was incredible. We walked the streets and walked through squares, markets as they have been years ago. We walked through the Villa de Mysteries, which is an entire villa that remains in excellent condition. You can still see painting on the walls. The pillars at the entrance look in perfect...

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Apr 28, 2016 - Train back to Pompeii

The bus from Amalfi dropped us off just 3-4 blocks from the train station. People on the street are generally very helpful. I can't say the same for bus drivers, at least not the SITA drivers. Most of our questions were answered by other passengers or people on the street. Our train back to Pompeii was a bit of a hassle which was partly remedied by a very nice train person, who helped us buy our tickets from the machine instead of waiting in the customer service line. Finding the track it was on was another issue, since the train went on a...

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Apr 26, 2016 - Bus to Pompei

4/26 Tried to call the bus company, Sulga early but (speaking in Spanish) the lady said to just show up and no problem paying at the bus. It's cloudy and cold. Slow walk downhill to the bus station, it was right on time and we got front seats, perfect for viewing! Upon reaching Perugia it turned out we had to change buses and the 'new' one was already half full so ended up back in the middle, bummer! Nice that there was wifi on the bus so Bon could finish writing emails. Countryside green and I saw several car parks some in truck stops...

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Sep 17, 2015 - refugees, traveling in the right direction

I woke up on the ferry some 1,5Hrs before arrival in Salerno, beautiful weather at 22,5Kts speed over ground. The ferry was a Ro-Pax ferry like those sailing between the UK and the Baltic, Transfennica type, 190m LOA with mainly trucks and truck drivers as passengers. Very clean ship which arrived at 10:30 in the port of Salerno. After disembarking, we climbed to the autostrada which fringes the coast line at a height of 300 m. From the port climbing on a narrow bridge over 2Km in length to the highway entrance, a 180° curve on the road,...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Pompei

Tuesday, June 2nd. Out next site to explore was Pompei. Bill found a campground literally across the street from the ruins. When we arrived we discovered that that was about the only thing it had going for it. After some struggle, avoiding tree trunks, branches and hedges we finally managed to park. We were so tight we could hardly get out of the door. We decided to tour the city and escape the next morning. Once again we were reminded of the sophistication of the Romans. The well preserved ruins showed an advance network of streets both...

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