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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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May 26, 2015 - Amalfi Coast Italy

The early risers went on an optional tour to a lemon farm which they said was very good. We enjoyed a leisurely delicious breakfast. The Amalfi Coast lies in a Mediterranean climate, featuring warm summers and mild winters. It is located on the relatively steep southern shore of the Sorrentine Peninsula, leaving little room for rural and agricultural territories. The only land route to the Amalfi Coast is the 25 mile long Strada Statale 163 which runs along the coastline from the town of Vietri sul Mare in the east to Positano in the west....

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May 25, 2015 - Sorrento Italy

The drive was long from Montecatini to Sorrento so we stopped for lunch at another incredibly good restaurant, Ristorante Sapori del Borgo. We are eating well and way too much. The weather had gotten considerably warmer, short sleeves and capris. The traffic in Sorrento was horrendous. Our hotel, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio, is on top of a hill overlooking the Bay of Sorrento. And we said goodbye to David. We need a smaller bus now. At first we planned to take the shuttle into town but then decided just to explore the hotel. Several others in...

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May 17, 2015 - To Pompeii and Naples

Up early and grab some buns from the front desk and head for the train station. Some confusion and we stamped our ticket when we didn’t need to, but we got on the train with no problems. Ches had a conversation with another American tourist then most folks fell asleep. Pretty countryside with lots of grape orchards. Just under two hours for the trip. At the train station we weren’t sure where to meet the guide Emilianno but as we were about to call him Kitty’s phone rang and it was him – looking for us! We met up and had a laugh about it,...

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May 8, 2015 - Naples, Italy

,Last stop on our whirlwind 5 week cruise is the beautiful city of Naples. Did I say beautiful? We actually didn't get to see that much of Naples as we decided to take a hovercraft to the Isle of Capri instead. What a trip that turned out to be. The day before a storm had gone through and the water was rough, so they say. The day we arrived we were assured that it was a lot calmer. Well, it wasn't. We sat up the top deck in the fresh air and about 1/3 of the way through I started feeling seasick. The waves were huge and the hovercraft...

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May 5, 2015 - Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

The boys turned up for brekky as if nothing happened. And maybe for them that's how it was. I wonder if they nick off to get away from the group and I'm collateral damage. Regardless they are totally oblivious. So maybe I have to find a way to tell them. The driver showed up on time in a blue Mercedes. We headed off after the others in our group had gone in their mini buses but ended up crashing into them at Positano anyway. The police keep vehicles moving the whole time so the drivers drop the passengers and come back and get them at he...

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May 3, 2015 - Arrivederci Roma

We left Rome at 8am and whilst I liked what we did and saw I don't think I need to return. Getting to Pompeii was quite a journey, the highways were good though. It was just long, quite boring and the bus was very cold. The driver had his cooling set to arctic. When we approached Pompeii turn off however things ground to a halt. As we are now on the Sunday of the long weekend every man and his dog literally were going to Pompeii ... To avoid the traffic we went around the long way which ended up being substantially quicker. The public...

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