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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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Jun 2, 2015 - Praiano, Amalfi Coast

We are actually in Praiano, not Positano, which is the next town up the coast. We spent the day mostly reading because today is a holiday and impossible to get anywhere on the mini-roads of the Italian coast. But we needed a rest so we read and Norm and I went to the beach so he could take a dip in the water. Since we are on a cliff everything is a hike, even to our room, which is up a hill and a flight of stairs. The beach is about 300 feet below us down many stairs or a switchback path. Then you have to come back up! Norm spent about 5...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Capri

We had such a great day today. We got to have a sleep in because of the anniversary of the unification of Italy so things opened a bit later than usual. We caught topless taxis up to Anacapri and a local guide took us through the Villa of San Michele and we had time to look around at all the beautiful shops. Then we caught private mini buses down to Marina Grande (the very bottom of Capri) and we had a quick lunch and then a boat ride all around the whole island taking in the grottos (caves) and the magnificent faragalioni rocks. We went...

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Jun 1, 2015 - The Amalfi Coast

Caught the train just in time - everything in Italy is 5 minutes away - even though we left a 1/2 hour before our departure. We have gotten that advice so many times - 5 minutes by cab, 15 minute walk. It always turns out to be at least a 15 minute cab ride! Anyway, the train was lovely even though we didn't realize we had assigned seats until some nice people told us we were sitting in their seats. The train was fast, about 180 mph, but stopped a lot, so it took 4 1/2 hours to get to Naples from Milan. We were met by a driver to drive us...

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Jun 1, 2015 - Assisi - Pompeii - Naples - Capri

We left Assisi early this morning and drove for a number of hours. We arrived in Pompeii in time for lunch and then we had a tour of Pompeii with a local guide. They have enormous lemons in this part of Italy - they are the size of a small rockmelon! Pompeii was amazing. After Pompeii we drove to Naples and caught the ferry to Capri. We then got the funicular up to our hotel and it is absolutely beautiful. It has views as far as you can see. We had some spare time this afternoon so we caught up on the washing which we have let go the last...

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Jun 1, 2015 - Day 7 Positano

Day 7 I woke early with a cough. The congestion wasn't bad but the cough was! It was about 5 am and I could see the first Amy's of daylight, so I jumped out of bed, grabbed the camera and sat on the balcony, capturing night turning into day at Positano. I got a bit cold at 7 so crawled back into bed, but my cough started again, so I had a bath instead. Cerys woke about 30 minutes later, and we got ready for breakfast. Breakfast was a treat, with tony, dye effervescent dining room host making a huge fuss of Cerys! He picked out her food, has...

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May 31, 2015 - Day 6 -Positano

Day 6 Dinner last night was really quite nice. A thick steak , cooked medium rare, but served slicesd with a hot stone to continue cooking at at the table, which we did. Novel, and beautifully tasting. After dinner, we strolled across to the lookout, and took pictures of the sunset, before strolling back to the hotel, and bed. Woke up early and down to breakfast. Breakfast was novel in that we actually had cooked food today, some sausage bites, and scrambled eggs. After breakfast, back to the leather shop for Cerys new jacket, all done and...

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May 30, 2015 - Day 5 - Sorrento

Day 5 Unwell overnight, woke up around 3 am with a burning throat. Took a few panadol and slept in till about 10. That seems to work Cerys and I were up and at 'me again at ten, strolling through the shopping malls, and along the cliff-face overlooking the ocean. It was pretty awesome stuff. Lots of pics and videos from this majestic city! Two cruise ships in so tens of thousands of English speaking tourists flooded the streets. Had some brunch - coffee, and toasted sandwich in the shopping malls.cerys shopped for a leather jacket, and...

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May 30, 2015 - Day four, Pompeii to Sorrento

Day four: Up early to breakfast of cold meet and cheese, coffee by machine,and stale bread. After having a coffee and toasted sandwich, we were off to Pompeii ruins. Hot day, .lots of sun, lots of ruins, very sad, very fascinating, but really really big. Spent several hours before all ruin began to look the same. Had lunch at a pizzeria in the town square. Cerys had a pasta and I had a very average mixed grill of uncooked sausage, pork and beef. Back to the hotel on foot, collected our bags and off to the train station. Once there we became...

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May 28, 2015 - Day 3 - Pompeii

Day three. Goodbye Rome . Woke up well rested and spent a little time face booking Satie and shelby. Shelby told us how she spent the day at pet school systematically torturing small helpless puggies. Puggies are like puppies except uglier. Satie was trying to work out how to get drool of her sheets. All in all we helped both on how to become better people. We then had breakie the same spread as yesterday, before calling a taxi and being delivered to the train station. On arrival at the train station a dark chappie was having a bad old...

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May 28, 2015 - Pompeii Italy

It wasn't far to Pompeii today. Our guide is Luciano, again top notch. We have been so lucky with the weather. The little rain we have had has not stopped us. And today is no exception, another gorgeous day. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 ft of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Evidence for the destruction originally came from a surviving letter by Pliny the Younger, who saw the eruption from a distance and described the death...

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May 27, 2015 - Isle of Capri Italy

Peppe was our exceptional guide on the optional tour to Capri. The weather was perfect so the boat ride over was delightfully smooth. We took the boat from Sorrento harbor to Marina Grande on Capri. To get to Anacapri and Capri we took a minibus. But once the only connection between the port of Marina Grande and Anacapri, the town located on the slopes of Monte Solaro, were the Phoenician Steps - 921 stone steps. Until only a few years ago, it was believed that the steps had been built by the Phoenicians (hence the name). Recent historical...

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