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Aug 9, 2012 - Sorento

Sorento, Day 1 Bonneserra our friends and family, Today we rose early again and headed to Pompeii, a 3 hr bus ride through the country. Arrived to the closest city to Pompeii only to find the roads really busy and blocked. We had to take a very perilous journey to Pompeii. These Italians are crazy drivers taking their lives in their own hands!!! I still haven't gotten used to sqatting and peeing over the seatless toilet ..I musgt admit it does take practice. At least we don't have to put the paper in the garbage can instead of flushing as...

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Jul 6, 2012 - Sorrento!

Today we packed our bags and headed off to the amazing Sorrento. We went on a really fast train. It was like being in first class on a plane. There were even tables and magazines. The local train from Naples to Sorrento was very hot.  Sorrento is amazing. It is near the beach. It has ginormous cliffs. And just like Rome, it has lots of beautiful churches.   Our hotel room is BRAND new. White leather and lots of fancy things. The shower is the fanciest thing ever. It has two seats and three shower modes. One is a spa, one is a rain shower...

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May 16, 2012 - Amalfi coast, Sorrento

After 3 wonderful days in Rome and leaving our great cities tour group, we caught up with another tour group and continued on to the Amalfi coast. The ride to Amalfi took us through Napoli, a city that is not part of most tours or itineraries because it is large and busy and not " touristic" but is interesting and must be a great food city since it is the home of the true Neapolitan "margherita" pizza. Driving the Amalfi coast is not for the faint of heart or probably anyone not born without the Italian "show no fear or hesitation"...

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May 15, 2012 - Pompey and Sorrento

Today we leave Julio. We packed ourselves back up into shuttles in Positano and went back to the wide spot in the road where Julio was waiting with our bus. We packed it all up and took off for Pompei. When we arrived in Pompei we said goodbye to Julio. He was taking our bags on to our next hotel in Sorrento, then heading back to Rome to pick up another Rick Steves Tour. We walked into the area of Pompei and met our local guide Gaetano. Gaetano was an animated and entertaining guide who spent a good deal of time showing us how Pompeiian...

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May 3, 2012 - Relaxing day in Sorrento!

We woke up to a wonderful, exquisite breakfast!!! You could juice your veggies and fruit, homemade pastrys, the very best eggs with fresh tomatoes, espresso with ginseng!!! Fabulous! I took a long walk through the city, found a cool way to get to the marina....through a mountainside, down to the beach! I scoped out the boat service to Capri and scooter/car rental! Was not sure how Molly was feeling, as her bout with seafood pasta from the Italian Elvis' restaurant lasted through the evening! I walked through town, found a hair salon so...

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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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