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Aug 20, 2013 - Summer recap 2013 c

Amalfi - Whilst flopping whale like up onto the transom - part of my strength training after holding my breath checking the drive units while the boat rolled and rolled on the mooring off Positano – I saw my earring drop off onto the deck (lucky save!) and with my pidgeon Italian I asked the jeweller in Amalfi the next day if they could fix it. Two weeks or peace be with you was his answer.... Sorrento - Not wanting to leave the earring with them in case we never returned (which we haven’t) our next stop was in Sorrento. In all my time...

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Aug 6, 2013 - Pompeii

This morning we were up early to catch the train to Sorrento to visit the Vodafone shop and sort out our internet data (which suddenly stopped working last night!). Then we caught the train to Pompeii Scavi station to visit the archaeological ruins. We paid €12 each for an English Guide, plus the entrance fee of €11 each. Our tour guide was good (an archaeology graduate) and full of information but in hindsight we would have bought a Guide Book from the station for €7 which included information about the points of interest with a map, and...

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Aug 5, 2013 - Positano

Today we bought a 24hr train/bus pass for €7.80 each, intending to visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. However the public transport did not work well with us. First we had to wait some time for the train to Sorrento, being entertained while we waited by an altercation between a group of musicians and a big black African man in colourful clothes with a drum. We assume that he was encroaching on the musicians patch (playing on the train). It was all in raised voices in Italian but didn’t quite come to blows. Then it was a long wait for the...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Massa Lubrense

Yesterday we slept in and decided to have a rest day at the campground. It was another hot day so we had several swims in the pool, and caught up with some chores – washing, and defrosting the fridge. Today we caught the train again to Sorrento and then a bus to Massa Lubrense. On the way we had to stand, but coming back we appreciated the views from the winding coastal road. On reaching Massa, we went straight to the Tourist Information office and with the help of two people there we were directed back along the road past the Cathedral and...

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Aug 2, 2013 - Sorrento and Capri

We left Matera on Wednesday morning and drove through the mountains most of the way to Salerno. Although it was mainly dual carriageway, so many viaducts had lanes closed due to work needing to be done: some serious money needs to be spent on this road soon. As we passed through Salerno we had a magnificent view over the harbour from up high, then we went through two long tunnels which were low-lit and had corners! The road is winding and a bit narrow approaching our campground, Camping I Pini, (N 40° 38’ 7” E 14° 25’ 2”) which is between...

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Jul 29, 2013 - Sunny Sorrento!

Wednesday, July 24th Sadly it was time to bid adieu to charming Positano. We skipped the porter this time, rolling and carrying our luggage down the street and the stairs to the dock below. It was already a hot one and we were thankful we made the wise decision to take the ferry to Sorrento instead of the hair raising bus ride along the remainder of the Amalfi Coast. Buses are packed this time of year and it is most likely one could be standing for the duration of the trip. The boat ride was practically empty so we sat at the back of the...

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Italy Here We Come!

Jul 28, 2013 - Beautiful Positano!

Monday, July 22 We departed Florence this morning via high speed train through Rome and Naples to Salerno. We chose the new Italian privately-owned Italo train rather than the state-owned Trenitalia, and were not disappointed. Not only was it less expensive, but it used new equipment and offered courtesy beverages and snacks. Reaching speeds of 300 kph, we arrived in the seaside City of Salerno in 3.5 hours. There we rolled our luggage a couple of blocks to the ferry pier where we caught a ferry to Positano. The ride took 70 minutes with a...

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Italy Here We Come!

Jun 9, 2013 - Positano-Pompei June 9

Took the bus to Sorrento then a train to Pompei. Spent the day walking through the ruins. Why would someone sell a guide map with street names on it but not put any street signs in the palce. WHy? WHY? WHY? Oh wait I know why! It was hot and a long day. Back on the train to catch our bus. While going through Positano we met another bus coming toward us that was stopped. It was crammed full of people and could not take anymore. Some lady was yelling at the driver and he was yelling back. He then got out grabbed his smokes and went and sat in...

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Jun 8, 2013 - Positano June 7

Went to the island of Capri (KAA-pree, not kaa-PREE) today. Took a boat from Positano and stopped at the white, green, and red grotto. Took an hour to get into the blue grotto, our captain lost our spot because the other guy yelled laouder and faster LOL. Paid 12.50 euros for about a 3 min almost pitch black ride. Was it worth it? Not sure but I'm here now, no I couldn't get Nancy to go in. Capri has about a million people visiting it, and it's not even the busy season. Cars, buses, trucks, cruise ships means lots of people makes my...

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Jun 6, 2013 - Positano June 6

Walked down to the beach this morning all 296 steps and went for my first Mediterranean swim. It was awesome and peaceful, tourists aren't here yet in great numbers. I guess that comes next month. Daniella (our host) drove us into town so we could buy some groceries (aka wine). Dropped us off and drove our stuff back and put it away. WOW!!! I asked Nancy are we still in the same country as Rome? LOL. Spent the day wandering through the village, walked back home and Rosa (our other host) made reservations at a local restaurant where you had...

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Jun 5, 2013 - Positano June 5

Thank goodness we are done with Rome. That is THE VERY LAST time I will set foot in that city. Here I had bad memories from backpacking and I thought it was because I was a backpacker. Turns out it was because I was in Rome. Getting on the train to Sorrento a guy helped me lift my bag up and wanted to show us to our seats, for a tip. I gave him a euro and he mumbled something. He helped two older women and wouldn't leave until they gave him 5 Euros, what a bandit. Out to squeeze every last dime to the very end. Goodbye Roma. Hello Positano....

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Italia 2013

May 30, 2013 - Naples

Naples is noisy and chaotic, and the graffiti EVERYWHERE makes the place seem scarier than it is. Our hotel was tucked way back into a nest of narrow streets. We would call them extremely small alleyways. The hotel itself was built during the 17th century and belonged to the last Archbishop of Naples in the Bourbon Kingdom, but it now only occupies one floor of the entire building. As we walked around even late at night, we never felt threatened. Families and students were out and about, and I loved the neighborhood bars that were walk up...

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