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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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The Italian Job

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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Apr 27, 2015 - Sorrento, Positano, Pompei

We didn't get much of Naples, the birthplace of pizza, but we did hit the road for Sorrento and Positano. Sorrento is famous for lemoncello and special inlaid wood art. Positano is right at the beginning of the Amalfi coast which is cliffy and quite spectacular. Extremely narrow roads. If we come back here, would like to see that road and a small non-tourist island offshore other than Capri, that's CA' pri, not ca pri' like the pants,called Procida. We managed to squeeze in some great pizza and pasta with an expansive view above Positano...

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Apr 26, 2015 - First full day in Sorrento

I slept like a log!! Didn't wake up till 10:30 am!!! Edie was up watching tv and drinking coffee. She had the old fashion way with boiled water and grounds. Luckily I brought some coffee. It's a beautiful sunny with church chiming outside our window. Temp in the 60's. After showering we headed out for breakfast. Too late for breakfast! Split a sandwich and had salads in the square. Of course with a glass of wine. Bought a cork screw! Walked down to the Mari a on theMediterranean - how beautiful! Had libations, waked down the beach walkway...

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Apr 25, 2015 - Arrival in Sorrento Italy

All flights to Naples we're on time. We flew Delta from Tampa to JFK to Rome (4 hr layover). And then on to Naples. Unfortunately I my luggage made it thru ok but Edie's was a no show! After filling paperwork we took a taxi to the train. He upcharged his rate from 16 euros as posted to 25 euros. We took it but gave no tip. We found the train to Sorrento in plenty of time. It was full of young people but very cheap mode of transportation (3.5 euros). The taxi wanted 100 euros to drive us to Sorrento! We walked to our condo which wasn't too...

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