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Oct 16, 2013 - Home at Last

From sun to rain to more sun and back to reality and fall, all in a short period of time. I left London mid morning for my flight to LAX. By the time I left, Val was already on her way from Rome to Istanbul and Linda would soon be leaving for Canada. My flight was cold and faster than expected. I could not believe how cold the plane was and even with leggings, long top, sweater and a blanket I was freezing the whole time. Fast - we arrived in LAX almost an hour ahead of time which meant my 5 1/2 hour lay over was now 6 1/2 hours. LA was...

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Oct 14, 2013 - The First Leg of the Trip Home

Here I am sitting in a hotel room in London after a hectic journey. The morning started out quietly when we had a leisurely start to the day before walking to the train. We were fortunate to have Business Class today from Naples to Rome and it was fantastic! Once in Rome we said good byes and Linda and Val went off to the Beehive, their hotel and I caught the next train to the airport. I thought I had a lot of time but the Lufthansa line up was very long and so was security. Finally through it and then my last Italian wine and salad at the...

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Oct 13, 2013 - Seeing Naples in a Day

We woke up to beautiful blue skies this morning and a prediction of a hot day with high humidity. The weather focus was correct and by mid early afternoon we found ourselves in a very hot Naples. We managed to get an early train, still the same run down one but at least we got seats. The hour + ride included two groups of musicians playing for money, one man and his child playing an instrument and begging and two women also begging. It seemed like there was something happening at every stop. Otherwise the trip was uneventful and we arrived...

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Oct 13, 2013 - Pompeii and Farewell Dinner Meta

Very excited to head to Pompeii today. Have the train direction down pat, as you see by my confident pointing of the direction to Margaret in the pic. Bought our ticket s and audio guide, and stepped back 2000 years. We were gob smacked at the enormity of the place. Way beyond our expectations. Pompeii had a population of 22000 people when it was destroyed, so the site is the size of a decent country town in Victoria, maybe comparable to Warrnambool. Knowing that we could not possibly cover all there was to see in the day, we consulted...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Amalfi Drive

Once again we were up nice and early for a drive up the Amalfi Coast. We wanted to try the ferry but the weather has been so unpredictable that we went with the safe bet and took a coach tour. Lucky us as it poured most of the day. We had the front seats of the coach which not only provided a great view, although sometimes through very wet windows, it gave us a terrific view of Italian driving skills. The bus driver was very entertaining with all of his mumblings (in Italian so we could only imagine what he was saying) and hand gestures. To...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Positano

Today we were booked on a boat trip from Positano around the Amalfi coast. Sadly, the weather was against us - thunder, lightning and heavy rain. Armed with our €3 umbrellas, we headed to Positano to explore. The bus didn't arrive in Meta, so on the train to Sorrento to pick one up from there. Just as well, even though we were at the originating stop, it was packed. We managed in our true style to snaffle seats on the right hand side of the bus, affording the best views along the way. If you imagine the Great Ocean Road on steroids, that...

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Oct 11, 2013 - An Easy Day

The rain continued for some time last night and we weren't sure what the morning would bring but all was well. Val decided she was getting up early to go to Paestum today which meant she was off very early to catch trains. Linda and I decided we were not interested in a long train ride so passed on the opportunity. She had a great visit and said it was just the opposite of Pompei - very few people, quiet and relaxing. Linda and I were slugs this morning and did not get moving until 10:30. We had a leisurely exploration of Sorrento. We even...

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Oct 11, 2013 - Sorrento

Tucked into the delicious basket of goodies provided by Alberto for our breakfast, then to the corner supermercato. This is a little hive of local activity and socialising, open from 8 till 1 and the 5 till 8. Inside is a deli, a butcher and general groceries. I procured the makings for soup, chicken noodle soup. No stock, so fresh chicken to make the stock. I was quite the novelty for the morning - thank goodness I had my italian phrase book with me, no English whatsoever. But with much gesticulating, sign language, the odd words from my...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Monterosso to Meta, Amalfi Coast

A very early start to the day with a 5.20am train to Milan. Down the 60 steps with the luggage and a walk, short but over cobblestones to the station. Great, a whole 6 berth carriage to ourselves. Just as I stretch out along the seats to sleep, in arrives our traveling companions. Damn. Thank God they were Italian, so no conversation and we slept a lot of the way to Milan. Change of trains to the airport shuttle. On we went, and on and on and on. Thinking it was a transfer like Melbourne to Tulla, we were surprised when we looked out on...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Going back in Time

Today we took a trip back to 62 AD and visited the site of Pompei where the volcano erupted. It is an amazing place to visit and to see how they have uncovered the 6 metres that had buried the town. There were many impressive ruins but unfortunately they were not well labelled and so it was tough going. A word of advice to future travellers to Pompei, spring for the small extra amount and take the 2 hour guided tour. Despite that we saw many great spots including the baths and theatre. I especially liked the small area that was said to be...

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Oct 9, 2013 - Sorrento

Would you believe it - another thunderstorm over night and it was a big one! It seemed like it would never end. We are absolutely amazed at the number of thunderstorms and their intensity and then they seem to clear up. After it cleared we walked into the main square for something to eat. Val, Sherril and Linda went one way and explored and shopped and I went another way. I ended up back in the apartment only to find out the morning wash was still sitting in the washer which was full of water. The details of the day were boring but finally...

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Oct 8, 2013 - You won't believe this day

Val and I got up early and went back to see St Peter's without the crowds. We weren't the first to have this great idea as there was a small line up but it was nice to see it with just a few people around instead of a few thousand people. Although there were fewer people, many of the areas were roped off with different masses happening. It was busy again but in a different way than with all the tourists. We made it home before the next big thunderstorm hit with very heavy rains. I think you will see the pattern to our days - there is...

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