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Jul 28, 2015 - Day Fifteen: Rome to Naples

Moving day so soon! When you only stay two nights moving day comes around far to quickly and we are already half way through our short Italian/Spanish get away. We were up and ready for our 9:20am train to Napoli, which was then delayed. The train ride was quick and we arrived in just under an hours time. At the station we went straight to the ticket office. It was packed. When we arrived they were up to ticket A394 and we were A493, lucky it was arrival day and not departure day so we had the time to wait. We were probably waiting for over...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Naples

TOUR OF POMPEII was another item crossed off the old bucket list. Lot of walking on ancient stone streets, more bolders than cobbles. Tough on the old knees. City had a sewers system and running water although it was thur lead pipes. In order to control moisture, some houses had lead under floor and up walls and plastered over much like we would use plastic today...Lead exposure??? There is a great video on youtube that shows what happened. These people lived with earthquakes so the start of this one was no big deal 79 AD. Gas killed...

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Jun 4, 2015 - Praino

This is going to be a short one today, because we decided to do absolutely nothing. We thought about going to Ravello as recommended by our friends, but couldn't get excited about the cost, time and effort. So we just sat on the terrace and read the entire day. I took some pictures of the hotel just so you wouldn't be completely bored. As I said, this hotel is not for the elderly or handicapped, even with an elevator. We have been walking up and down hills and climbing steps our entire stay. Land is vertical here, not horizontal! It's...

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Jun 3, 2015 - Praiano & Amalfi

We have been so lucky with the weather! A few times it clouded up and threatened to rain, but after a few drops, it cleared and was beautiful again. The temperature has been consistently in the 70's - perfect. This morning after breakfast, I went to read and Norm rented a kayak for an hour and paddled around. He is enjoying the water, taking several dips a day, which means it's way too cold for me. In the afternoon, we took a cab to Amalfi, a small town east of here. Other than the public bus, which is unreliable, transportation is VERY...

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Jun 3, 2015 - Day 9 Amalfi

Day 9 Up at about 7.30, down for breakfast....a mixed bag of the usual pastries, cold meets and cheeses with bread, but this breaky extended to hot dog sausages, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, and bacon. Nice change! Once fed, we were on the hotel bus into town. Cerys was keen to see minori, Ravello and as a result, we decided to bus it up to scali, the oldest village in the mountains, and neighbour to Ravello. After purchasing a day ticket, we caught a Sita bus to scali, a small but very historic village, hi in the hills. We walked further to...

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Jun 3, 2015 - Day 8 - on to Amalfi!

Day 8 Dinner at the best restaurant in town was a treat! The food was excellent, service, so so, but overall it was a beautiful meal in a beautiful garden on a beautiful night. It was beautiful. The walk back to the hotel room burnt off half the meal, and we retired with a glass of red wine enjoying the beautiful view of Positano for nor last night! Day 8 begins Woke up late ish about 9am and into the breakfast room where waiter tony was waiting for new arrivals. Tony is a camp personality who gushes unashamedly over the ladies. Needless...

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Jun 3, 2015 - Capri - Sorrento - Rome

The last day of our first tour! This morning we took the funicular from Capri down to the marina and a jetfoil boat took up to Sorrento marina. We got into mini buses and were taken to the town of Sorrento and were shown a woodwork demonstration where they inlay different coloured pieces of wood into mahogany and coat it with 6 layers of polyurethane. They do the most beautiful work making everything from coasters to dining tables and music boxes. The man doing the presentation said he was 5th generation Italian but he sounded Aussie as. I...

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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 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 - 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 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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