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May 2, 2012 - The Amalfi Coast!!

We woke up and had a very nice breakfast (always included with the room, but some are much nicer than others!)... This was a fab one! We decided to hire a driver to take us to the Almafi Coast! We took our luggage so we would be able to stay in Sorrento, and go to the Isle of Capri from there. Pasquale, our driver, took us through the mountains where we ended up in Amalfi ( with a million other people!) :).... Molly found her shop immediately...white skirt, shirts, and a gift for Becca ! We tooled around and met up with ole Pasquale, who...

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Mar 22, 2012 - Day 6 - we shopped til we dropped (literally!)

We decided to head out early to the Isle de Capri today.  On our way to the ferry, we stopped in a farmacia and picked up the "miracle" ointment Vegetalumina.   We had some trouble locating the bus stop - ask three people, get three different answers -(including police officers) so we ended up taking the stairs down to the ferry.  Not so bad!  On the ferry, we were approached by Giovanni, who offered us a tour of Capri.  Well worth the price.  We first got onto a very nice motor boat (called "My Way") and had a beautiful ride to the Blue...

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Mar 21, 2012 - Day 5 - The Amalfi Coast

Our cabdriver Tony from last night made us an offer we couldn't refuse! He offered to take us for a drive along the Amalfi Coast into the town of Amalfi and then to Positano. What an amazing and beautiful drive! It took a little over an hour to get to Amalfi. The road was very high and very curvy! But luckily Tony was an excellent driver and only made Aunt Toni jump a few times (we made her sit in the front "so she could hear" aka none of us wanted to!). We arrived in Amalfi and explored the town for a while.  This is where our convulsive...

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Mar 20, 2012 - Day 4 - lots of walking

We had our first breakfast in Sorrento. No cheese. I wasn't sure what I was going to do.... Not to worry we still managed to eat too much! We met our local host who would show us around the town later and be there for us for the next few days if we need anything. We decided to visit Pompeii but first we needed to return our rental car. As always it was quite a production getting where we needed to go!! And at this point my mother and I have had enough of each other! Once the car was gone (thank god! I do not want to drive ourselves anywhere...

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Mar 11, 2012 - Amalfi coastline conquered!

Sunday was our last chance to tour the region so we put ourselves into a higher gear than usual and left early for our day on the road. The guidebook said: “Whether you take the bus or brave it in a car, the drive along the Costiera Amalfitania is one heart-stopping journey you won’t forget.” After our trip to Positano earlier in the week we were keen to see more and Robert was confident he could steer our Ford C-Max around the bendy roads. It really is a stunning road with plunging valleys and soaring cliffs. Some say the Corniche coast...

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Mar 10, 2012 - Around town

We have had some interesting weather here starting with a theatrical thunder and lightening storm our first night. Then there were the high winds that had us thinking the house was going to blow away in the night. Scattered rain showers have come and gone, and mostly we’ve had a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures in the 12-14 C range. Typical fresh spring weather. Saturday morning looked like another storm was coming our way with threatening black clouds overhead and the sea had whitecaps. A good day for staying close to home we...

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Mar 9, 2012 - Linguini with zucchini and other treats

We’ve been put off using the car by every guide book we have plus our journey here was a nail bitter but today we shook off the bad feelings and decided to go touring. We have a book called Step-by-Step of the Amalfi Coast that seemed to give us all the information we needed. Hostess Elisa met us in the garden and gave us a few tips and encouragement to drive with confidence. So we did. Ten minutes out of town we were driving the same road we had walked the first day and couldn’t help but notice how easy the journey was – other then...

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Mar 7, 2012 - Off-season tourists

Our first two days were spent walking everywhere we could possibly go without killing ourselves hiking up sheer cliffs. There are stair steps hidden everywhere and we wandered out to the point roaming between local houses and a few hotels. And on the second day we took the ferry over to the island of Capri. (cue the music by Frank Sanatra: `twas on the isle of capri that I found her Beneath the shade of an old walnut tree Oh, I can still see the flow’rs bloomin’ round her Where we met on the isle of Capri) Capri in March is as close to...

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Mar 5, 2012 - Sorrento here we come!

Everything you have ever heard about Italian drivers is true. And that opinion is based on two hours of driving from Naples airport to our place in Sorrento. We saw it all: motorcycles and scooter drivers with an obvious death wish weaving between moving cars; car drivers appearing out of nowhere with their foot on the accelerator; cars coming at us in our lane; buses heading towards a gap that was clearly too narrow; and you get the idea, it’s crazy driving here. We originally thought we’d rather have a car then take a bus or train but now...

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Dec 11, 2011 - Almost Christmas

@@@@@@@ Shortly after arriving in Sorrento on November 10th, we noticed that workers were beginning to erect a very large artificial Christmas tree in the centre of Piazza Tasso. Over the course of the next several days, the tree slowly began to take shape and for some time after that we watched to see when it would be decorated. It wasn’t until we were almost through the month of November that we saw that the tree was being strung with thousands of coloured lights, and that garlands had been hung on the balconies of all the buildings...

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Year 6: Pole To Pole

Nov 10, 2011 - Sorrento

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The greatest feature of Sorrento is its location. It sits atop high cliffs that look out towards the Bay of Naples, with Mount Vesuvius looming in the distance. It’s a popular stop for cruise ships, which disgorge passengers onto the streets of the town. A number of British-style pubs have emerged to quench the thirst of those craving a glass of Guinness or Murphy’s draft. Some of the main streets are lined with shops selling Sorrento’s colourful pottery, bottles of all shapes and sizes filled with local lemoncello...

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Year 6: Pole To Pole

Sep 12, 2011 - Rome/Sorrento

Buonasera Today we finished our Rome marathon,  up before six to be at the Vatican museum by 7.30am. I now know why you join a tour when doing this sort of thing because at this time of morning there were already hundreds if not a thousand people lined up, as it was closed on  Sunday so double the normal amount of visitors on Monday. I did not know what to expect with the Vatican museum, but was pleasantly surprised at what we saw including the gallery of tapestry before entering the amazing Sistine chapel, it is hard to believe the...

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